What will YOU discover?

Want to connect with nature? Get your kids outside?

You and your family team up with scientists to find as much wildlife as possible, in a short period of time. Discover wildlife and support their protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 by taking part in one of Parks Canada BioBlitz events.


Learn to BioBlitz on World Environment Day, June 5

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to BioBlitz without leaving town?

Try observing and identifying species or participate in camping games. These activities will get you warmed up for over 25 full BioBlitz events across the country in some of Canada’s most amazing places. What a great way to Connect with Nature!

Learn to BioBlitz locations

Halifax

Garrison Grounds at the foot of Citadel Hill

From the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed, come discover new ways to get out into nature and contribute to science at this family-oriented event.

Montréal

Canada 150 Kiosk near the Atwater Market

What’s in your backyard? Come see how can you and your family can contribute to scientific research and be part of the world’s largest nature database.

Toronto

Rouge National Urban Park (Glen Rouge Campground/Entrance to Mast Trail)

Explore and share what you see in nature with fun and interactive activities. The whole family is welcome to drop by and check out our camping set up and find new ways to get outdoors and spend time in nature.

Edmonton

University of Alberta campus quad

Come test your skills with various outdoor activities with our Parks Canada team for World Environment Day and learn about species at risk and how you can use your mobile phone to contribute to science and be part of the world’s largest nature database.

More information on World Environment Day.


Events in 2017

April
April 22 - Banff National Park, Alberta
Become a citizen scientist!

Work with conservationists and specialists to conduct an inventory of amphibians.

  • Event details

    The inventory is a measure of the health of the freshwater systems included in Banff’s Ecological Integrity long-term condition monitoring program.

    Groups of 3-10 members will be led by a trained scientist and volunteer assistant survey leader as they follow scientific sampling protocols in the search for the eggs of two types of frog, one type of toad and a salamander.

    Up to 60 sites close to Banff will be monitored (approximately 30 in the morning and 30 in the afternoon).

Location: Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Time: All day. Most surveys will take an hour at the sampling site.
May
May - Point Pelee National Park, Ontario
May 12-13 - Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, British Columbia
BioBlitz in the Meadow

A family-oriented event with discovery activities led by pollinator experts as well as arts and craft activities.

  • Event details

    Five years ago, Parks Canada set out to transform one acre of lawn at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites into a biodiverse wildflower meadow and woodland.

    Spring in the Garry Oak Learning Meadow is signaled by a white burst of fawn lilies, soon joined by splashes of sea blush, buttercups, purple camas and chocolate lilies. .

    This spring bonanza of amazing wildflowers attracts a huge abundance of birds and pollinators, from hummingbirds to bees to butterflies.

    This is a great opportunity to discover the amazing diversity of pollinators found in Garry Oak ecosystems!

    Partners: Royal BC Museum, Victoria Natural History Society, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Saanich Native Plants.

Location: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada.
Time: 1pm – 4pm.
May 20-21 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is thrilled to be hosting a full-scale BioBlitz event in 2017

Make lasting memories while contributing to species observations in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

  • Event details

    The goal will be to collect as many species observations as possible over a 24-hour period.

    We will be searching for everything from intertidal and marine life, to bugs and plants of the coastal temperate rainforest, to the unique species that live in bogs and sand dunes.

    We will be offering many fun and interactive programs, including:

    • drop-in educational booths,
    • casual activities suitable for families, and
    • day and night surveys led by plant and animal experts

    Partners: Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ocean Networks Canada, Royal BC Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Ucluelet Aquarium, Vancouver Aquarium.

Location: Wickanninnish Beach, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Time: Noon to noon.
May 20, 26 - 27 - Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec
This Summer, BioBlitz the Canal!

Outings in the field with experts – Take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings.

  • Event details

    In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

    Partners:Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu and COVABAR.

Activities: Bird watching, nocturnal insects and amphibians, reptiles, fishes, day-time insects.

Location: Chambly Canal National Historic Site (Fryer Island area).
Time and registration details

May 26-27 - Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories
June
June 7 and June 14 - Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, Ontario
Top of Lake Superior BioBlitz

Two events in the Eastern and Western region of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

  • Event details

    The Top of Lake Superior BioBlitz will provide students from elementary schools in the North Shore region with:

    • educational and interactive activities about species at risk;
    • experience in shoreline cleanup; and
    • practice conducting a baseline inventory of aquatic and terrestrial habitat.

    Partners: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Brass Bell Family Resource Center.

Location: Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
  • June 7, Red Rock Marina
  • June 14, Terrace Bay Beach
June 9-18 - Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
June 9-10 - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, British Columbia
Want to connect with nature? Want to get your kids outside?

Take part in the third annual Parks Canada BioBlitz at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve! This year’s event takes place on the Pender Islands.

  • Event details

    During the Bioblitz, you and your friends and family team up with scientists to find as many species as possible within the national park reserve, over a 24-hour period. Discover and learn about nature and support its protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.

Location: North Pender Island and South Pender Island (camping will be available).
June 9-10 - Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park BioBlitz

Prince Edward Island National Park will be hosting a 24 hour community-based BioBlitz.

  • Event details

    This event will include a variety of talks, presentations, guided walks and species counts. Throughout the event the focus will be on 5 main groups: invertebrates, plants, nocturnal, lichen and birds.

Location: Prince Edward Island National Park - Dalvay.
Time: Starts at 12pm on July 9 and ends at 12pm on July 10.
June 14 - Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
June 16-17 - Thousand Islands National Park, Ontario
June 23-25 - Kluane National Park and Reserve (BioBlitz Canada led), Yukon
June 24-25 - Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site (BioBlitz Canada led), Ontario

This 24 hour inventory of species at Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site will include expert guided walks, interpretation and an opportunity for visitors to help identify and count plans and animals to create a picture of the natural environment at this national historic site.

Location: Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.
Time: Starts at 12pm on June 24 and ends at 12pm on June 25.
June 24-25 - Rouge National Urban Park, Ontario
June 25 - Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, British Columbia
June 30 - Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario
July
July 1 - Forillon National Park, Quebec
July 5-8 - Sirmilik National Park, Nunavut
July 9-19 - Tuktut Nogait National Park, Northwest Territories

The goal of hosting this BioBlitz event at Tuktut Nogait National Park is to engage the local community of Paulatuk while providing important information about Parks Canada’s scientific opportunities.

July 11 - Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Alberta
Butterfly BioBlitz

This is a great opportunity for families, young, old and everybody in between! Join butterfly experts and park staff to catch, identify and learn about Waterton Lakes National Park’s butterflies.

  • Event details

    Participants will get together to learn some basics sampling protocols, with some snacks and refreshments provided for their lunch. Then they are off to locations in the park to catch and release butterflies. Butterfly nets will be provided and an expert will be on hand to help with identifications.

    Partners: Glacier National Park, USA is planning their inaugural Butterfly BioBlitz for Monday, July 10, in conjunction with Waterton Lakes National Park’s the following day.

Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, BioBlitz Base Camp at Maskinonge Day-Use Area.
Time: 11:30am-4pm.
July 15 (July 16 is the rain date) - Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, Quebec
July 15 - Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
July 15-16 - Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia
Come be a part of the first ever BioBlitz event held in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site!

The Keji Bioblitz will be held in partnership with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Group (MTRI) and the Friends of Keji.

  • Event details

    Prior to the Keji BIoblitz, MTRI are holding a Biodiversity Conference on the 14 of July in Caledonia, Nova Scotia.

    The Biodiversity conference will feature speakers on Biodiversity in Southwest Nova as well as workshops on identifying mushrooms, plants and bird calls.

    Park visitors, naturalists and scientists will try to record as many species as possible in a 24 hour period. Special walk and talks will occur throughout the day. For more information see:

    Partners: Mersey Tobeatic Research Group, Friends of Keji.

Location: July 15, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
July 16, Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct.
Time: 6am start.
July 22-29 - Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec
Marine Environment Discovery Center BioBlitz

Identify organisms protected by the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.

  • Event details

    Alongside our interpreters, use a magnifying glass to discover the organisms that live underwater or on the seabed.

    Or participate in the St. Lawrence Live activity (fees apply) and accompany our dive team in their exploration of the seabed to see the diversity and abundance of benthic life.

    If you are a certified diver, you can explore the waters of the marine park yourself and send us your observations using underwater cameras available on site.

Location: Marine Environment Discovery Center, 41, Pilotes St, Les Escoumins, Quebec.
Time: Diving from 9am to 6pm every day
  • The St. Lawrence River on July 22-23, 26-29 at 2:30pm.
  • Magnifying glass activity on July 22-23, 25-26 and 29 at 10:30am and July 24, 27-28 at 2:30pm.
Price: St. Lawrence Live activity - $4.90 per person, reservations recommended.
August
August 12-13 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
Make a real difference! Spend time outside! Discover wildlife!

You and your family team up with scientists and park interpreters around Freshwater Lake in Ingonish to find as much wildlife as possible, in a short period of time.

  • Event details

    There will be lake safaris, puppet shows and more fun activities designed to bring awareness to biodiversity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

    An opportunity to see wild creatures up close and support the protection of this special place.

    Partners: Cape Breton University, Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, Mi'kmaq Environmental Learning Centre.

Location: Freshwater Lake, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Time: Starts at 1pm on August 12 and ends at 4pm on August 13
August 19 - Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec
This Summer, BioBlitz the Canal!

Outings in the field with experts – Take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings.

  • Event details

    In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

    Partners:Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu and COVABAR.

Activities: Quality of the water and of the river banks and benthic macroinvertebrates.

Location: Chambly Canal National Historic Site (Fryer Island area).
Time and registration details

September
September 16 and 19 - Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec
This Summer, BioBlitz the Canal!

Outings in the field with experts – Take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings.

  • Event details

    In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

    Partners:Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu and COVABAR.

Activities:Bird watching and activities for families (September 16) and Ornithological conference (September 19).

Location: Chambly Canal National Historic Site (Fryer Island area).
Time and registration details

September 20-24 – Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
The fungi edition!

This BioBlitz occurs over 5 days and includes a guest lecture on an introduction to fungi, field outings and laboratory identification.

  • Event details

    An intensive, 4 day workshop with renowned fungi expert Richard Aaron will be help for a limited number of participants.

    In addition, a culinary workshop featuring wild mushroom recipes, guided introductory hikes on the Saturday and Sunday, and ongoing exhibits and fungus prop talks at the visitor’s center will occur over the 5 days.

    The BioBlitz will incorporate traditional knowledge and invites local Ojibwa knowledge keepers to lead discussions and potential guided walks. The workshop and week in general will result in the first ever Bruce Peninsula National Park Fungi inventory.

Location: Bruce Peninsula National Park
Time: Starting 9am, September 20 and ending 6pm, September 24


Get involved

Join drop-in activities

Join the drop-in activities and plan an afternoon of fun that works with your family’s schedule. Or pack a picnic and make it into a day of adventure. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to see wild creatures up close.

Participate in a survey

Participate in a survey with a scientist-led team. Help your national park, national park reserve, national historic site or national marine conservation area find and identify plants and animals.


Volunteer

Volunteer as a Survey Leader

Are you a professional scientist or naturalist with a high level of knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to lead species survey groups and educate the public about biodiversity. Your efforts will contribute to the protection of Parks Canada’s heritage places.

Volunteer as a Survey Assistant

Are you an interpreter, naturalist or student specialist with outdoor education experience or an intermediate knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to assist survey leaders and the public on species surveys and possibly lead family activities. Deepen your knowledge, working with experts and share your enthusiasm interacting with the public.

Volunteer as an Event Assistant

Are you someone with lots of energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to learn? Parks Canada needs help with the operation of Basecamp. Gain experience for your resume and have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to something worthwhile.

Volunteer as an Event Photographer

Are you a professional or amateur photographer? Parks Canada needs volunteers to capture the essence of a BioBlitz. Share your creativity and skill with the world and spread the word about the importance of biodiversity.

Record your discoveries with the iNaturalist app

Parks Canada has been working with partners to support the development of iNaturalist.ca, a bilingual, interactive online record of the amazing variety of life in our country. Anyone in the world can explore the photos, make species identifications or add comments on the website. The result is an exciting network of scientists and the public, creating data to support conservation decisions.

Visit iNaturalist.ca to sign up and download the smartphone app!

Girl holding a plastic container containing a sample
What will YOU discover?


Past discoveries

See how past participants identified and discovered plants, animals, and more.

  • Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites: Participants found a new type of mushroom never before recorded in British Columbia. (2015)
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: Participants found eight types of bats, including the little brown bat, a species at risk. (2015 | 2016)
  • Fundy National Park: Participants identified thirty-three new plants for Fundy National Park. (2015 | 2016)
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park: (2016)