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Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival

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Date: April 2, 2012
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Grab your daypack and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service at the Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz, a two-day event, August 24-25, when teams of scientists, naturalists, community leaders, students and the public will join forces to discover and inventory the biodiversity in this majestic national park in Estes Park, Colorado. 

Part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom, the BioBlitz's goals are to explore, discover and document the living creatures in the park; provide scientists and the public an opportunity to do field work together; and to better understand how to protect the natural environment in the future.  

The Biodiversity Festival will start at 10 a.m. Friday, August 24, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 25. Highlights of the festival include family activities, live music, exhibitors and opportunities to talk with scientists and join them in action.    

"Explorers" of all ages are needed. The Biodiversity Festival will serve as the Base Camp for the BioBlitz and will be at the Estes Park Fairgrounds, located at 1209 Manford Avenue. On-site parking and shuttle service to the park will be provided at the Fairgrounds. The Biodiversity Festival is open and free to the public and does not require advance registration. However, advance online registration is required to participate in BioBlitz activities in the park. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day available, there are activities to engage the whole family. To learn more about the Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz or to register, log on to www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz or call (800) 638-6400 ext. 6186.    

Established nearly a century ago, Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the diverse grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, the park provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Did You Know?

a photo of a coyote

Kawuneeche Valley is on the west side of the Continental Divide and channels water into the Colorado River. Kawuneeche means Coyote in Arapaho.