About the Youth Border BioBlitz Project
The Youth Border Bioblitz Project is an open invitation to youth and their families in the greater San Diego region to join us in embarking on a collective journey to explore, understand, and document the biodiversity of our coastal and borderland ecosystem communities through community science. This program culminates with the Border Bioblitz occurring in May 2024.
As a cohort, we will be meeting once a month at various outdoor natural spaces in San Diego County to learn about and document the biodiversity of our coastal and borderland ecosystem communities. This program is free for participants and we will provide resources to help overcome obstacles to participation.
Who Should Apply
Middle school and high school youth in San Diego County interested in community science, climate resilience, and environmental justice.
BI&POC and underrepresented communities in outdoors spaces are especially encouraged to apply.
Gatherings are intergenerational. While we will be focusing our programming on the primary cohort participants, family members are welcomed and encouraged to come to gatherings as well to be present and support.
November 10 Applications Due
November 15 Notification to cohort recipients
November 18 Zoom Meeting Orientation
December 3 In-person gathering
January 6 In-person gathering
February 17 In-person gathering
March 9 In-person gathering
April 6 In-person gathering
May Border Bioblitz: In-person gathering
June Last meeting: In-person gathering
About the Facilitators
A parent of three, an Indigenous Scientist, and a lover of nature and community learning. Mario is the lead educator for the POC Fungi Community and leads nature walks and introduces both young and older people to the joys of looking for mushrooms and learning about fungi ecology. Mario is also Co-chair of the Yaquis of Southern California and leads their Earthkeeper program as well.
Bianca is a mother, farmer, and botanist passionate about connecting people with plants and our ecologies. She is the founder and executive director of Botanical Community Development Initiatives. She is also one of the co-founders of the Border BioBlitz.