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Date(s) - 2013/05/11
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

McLaren park


Biodiversity in the city? You bet!

Bring your Tricorder, er, smart phone, and help catalogue the natural wonders of an urban park!

Nature Nerds, scientists, and amateur naturalists will work together to find and identify as many different species as possible within McLaren Park – everything from ants to redwood trees (called a ‘bioblitz’). We’ll break the park up into zones and even encourage some friendly zone-to-zone competition. Bring yourself or a group of friends! We have 300 acres to explore.

We’ll be using the iNaturalist app and helping the fine folks of Save McLaren Park document the many plants and critters that live here! Get a preview some of the cool stuff we might find.

We’ll start with a picnic and orientation, then hit the blitz, then wrap it up and show off the results, find out who saw the most different kinds of critters, and, yes, hand out some prizes!


Full Event Details

Noon to 1:00 pm

Free Picnic Lunch (bring a dish if you wish), Welcome, Introduction to iNaturalist app

WHERE: Mansell/Visitacion Picnic Area (MUNI 29, 56)

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Geo-tagging tours: ID Teams spread out to their assigned zone of the park and start logging what they can positively identify.

WHERE: Throughout the park!

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Meet back at the picnic area for group walks, impromptu car pools, driving directions, and other match-making so that we all make the short trip down the hill to the wrap-up and celebration.

WHERE: Mansell/Visitacion Picnic Area (MUNI 29, 56)

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Wrap Up Presentation and Celebration — Join us at the Vis Valley Library Community Room for a report and presentation of the day’s accomplishments, and a brief discussion of potential future events.

WHERE: 201 Leland Ave @ Rutland (MUNI 8X, 9, T, CalTrain)


Here’s a google map that shows venues, getting to/from via bike/transit/auto

N4N: McLaren Park Bio Blitz