Get Ready for the EcoBlitz

  • Think about what teaching and learning you want to fit the EcoBlitz into. Check out our links under resources for more info on standards tie-in, extensions, and pre-made National Geographic lessons to support student learning.

  • Learn a bit about iNaturalist and Marine Debris Tracker by going to the resources tab.

  • Select the site for the EcoBlitz with your student population.

  • Recruit parent volunteers or colleagues if you need to.

  • Consider recruiting additional adult help to input data into their cell phones during the event.


The BioBlitz component will use the iNaturalist app.

Go to the National Geographic Resources in the Resources tab to find more BioBlitz resources

Be sure participants download the app and register as users prior to the event.

Some tips:

1) Each person who will upload observations will need to join the EcoBlitz iNaturalist project:

2) For younger students, the teacher can do a bulk upload. For older students, they can upload observations independently.

Marine Debris Tracker

The Geolocation of trash will use the Marine Debris Tracker app:

Be sure participants download the app and register as users prior to the event. NOTE: We encourage teachers to create one Marine Debris Tracker account and have ALL participants log into that one account. Many teachers use a paper version with their students to initially collect the data.

TrashBlitz Data Sheet EcoBlitz 2019

Slides from the Sept 16, 2019 Webinar


Additional Resources

Introducing "Trashdiversity" and TrashBlitz

Students prepare for the TrashBlitz by defining what trash is and the different types of trash we generate. Using the Marine Debris Tracker App and the EcoBlitz List, we can locate and sort trash we find in the area where we conducted our BioBlitz.