"Summer of Bugs" at Valley Forge
Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are partnering in the Summer of Bugs, a summer-long inventory of the park's terrestrial invertebrates, better known as land bugs. Together, the park and the academy invite those interested in learning about and contributing to the research to act as "citizen scientists" by observing and participating in a 24-hour BioBlitz event and a summer-long invertebrate "photoblitz." Activities are available for "scientists" of all ages and experience levels.
What's a BioBlitz? Find the answer to this and other questions about the Summer of Bugs on the frequently asked questions flyer.
Unless noted, activities will take place in or outside of Base Camp. the park's Education Center, which is located next to the Visitor Center. To access Base Camp, park in the lower parking lot and follow the sidewalk around the Visitor Center to the Education Center. Directions to the park >>
Meet the Entomologists
August 23 from 12:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m.
August 24 from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Academy experts and amateur entomologists will begin their 24-hour field search for terrestrial invertebrates at noon on August 23. Researchers back at base camp (located in the Education Center) will catalog specimens and keep an ongoing count of species reported. Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit base camp to meet the entomologists and to enjoy the outdoor exploration stations on Saturday. Other activities have specific age and registration requirements.
Insect Exploration Station
Go Take A Hike!
Invertebrate PhotoBlitz with iNaturalist.org
Become a "citizen scientist" by documenting your invertebrate observations throughout the Summer of Bugs at iNaturalist.org, an online species database for naturalists of all skill levels to share their observations. Find the Valley Forge Summer of Bugs project online or download the iNaturalist app for quick uploads in the field. Entomologists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will help identify citizen observations and add the records to the official Summer of Bugs inventory.
Learn some of the Do's and Dont's of photographing bugs and how to post your observations using the iNaturalist Quick Guide.
Did You Know?
Valley Forge NHP is part of the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, which stretches 128 miles from Philadelphia to Pottsville. The region is nationally significant for the roles that its people, places, and events played in the American, industrial, and environmental revolutions.