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Citizen Science Fest

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday, April 16, is National Citizen Science Day and you can celebrate with the Museum at Prairie Ridge!  Join us for hands-on citizen science activities, a showcase of area citizen science efforts, and more.  You will also have a chance to participate in the 2016 NC Bioblitz-off.  We’re competing with other sites across the state to see who can document the most plants, animals, and fungi on National Citizen Science Day.  We have prizes for the top individual participants statewide, so bring a camera if you have one (or we can loan you one) and plan to go on a biodiversity hike!

Is Prairie Ridge too far away?  You can participate in the Bioblitz-off at any of the sites below!  Scroll down to learn more about when and where to participate with our partner sites.

For more information about the Citizen Science Fest at Prairie Ridge or general questions about the Bioblitz-off, please contact Chris Goforth at chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.8882.

Other 2016 NC Bioblitz-off sites on April 16:

NC Arboretum, Asheville

When: 8am–2pm
Where: Beaver Lake Audubon Sanctuary and North Asheville Library.
Requirements: Some field equipment will be provided, but please bring binoculars if you have them.
More information: This event is in partnership with The North Carolina Arboretum’s new ecoEXPLORE initiative, the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and the Buncombe County Library System.
Contact: Jonathan Marchal, jmarchal@ncarboretum.org,  828.665.2492 ext. 228.

Kathleen Clay Library, Greensboro

When: 10am–1pm
Requirements: Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Melanie Buckingham, melanie.buckingham@greensboro-nc.gov.

Eno River State Park, Durham

When: 9am–12pm
Where: Pump Station at Eno River State Park
Requirements: Pre-registration required; this program is for the Wake Audubon Society’s Young Naturalists Club, but anyone who is between ages 12 and 18 and has an interest in joining the Young Naturalists can join in. Parents are welcome.
More information: http://tinyurl.com/zkqvhja
Contact: Jennifer Fenwick, jfenwick@wakeaudubon.org

Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville

When: 1–4:30pm
Where: Children’s Classroom.
Requirements: Pre-registration required, no cost with Garden admission, children must be accompanied by an adult.
More information: capefearbg.org
Contact: Bonnie Eamick, beamick@capefearbg.org

A Time for Science, Greenville

When: 10am–2pm
Requirements: Children must be accompanied by an adult.
More information: www.atimeforscience.org
Contact: Maria McDaniel, maria@atimeforscience.org

Independent Participation

If you’d like to participate on your own or would like form your own group, we welcome your involvement!  Please complete our registration form so that we know to include you in the competition.



April 16, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
No charge


Prairie Ridge
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States


Chris Goforth