Uncover Nature’s Mysteries

The University Center Gaylord answers the call from the National Geographic Society and The National Parks Service for every state to run a BioBlitz in 2017, in celebration of the National Parks Service.
In Support of this celebration, the University Center Gaylord will be hosting their third annual BioBlitz in partnership with Michigan Geography Alliance, Central Michigan University, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Otsego County Historical Society, Huron Pines and Line-45.


A BioBlitz is part festival, part educational and part scientific event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and community members of all ages work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.


Gotta Count ‘Em All

Discovery Guides will lead and supervise this photo documentation and data collection blitz. The results form a permanent and valuable snapshot of life at Environmental Learning Center/Aspen Park. Community members and volunteers of all ages are invited to observe nature in action and participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the mysteries of nature. Grab your camera, Smartphone or tablet and come join us.


Fun and Games For All!

This year’s BioBlitz offers family friendly games, art and nature exploration such as:
BioBlitz Dance: Get your groove on and participate in this National Parks Service Dance Challenge.
Face painting.
Passport to Nature: Receive your BioBlitz Citizen Scientist pin.
Sign-up for Biodiversity University and earn a National Geographic Society Biodiversity Certificate.
Hands on Exploration Stations


Answer the Call and Volunteer:

If you have a passion for conservation and nature stewardship, and have a skill you would like to share, consider volunteering for this exciting event.
For additional information Contact:
Lisa Marie Tobin,
Program Coordinator.