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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

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2023. 

We will notify applicants by November 10, 2023.

About the Facilitators


Mario Ceballos

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 Bonilla

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. 


Bianca Bonilla

Mario Ceballos

This project is in collaboration with:

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Project funded by:

Binational Resilience Initiative, partnership of San Diego Foundation, International Community Foundation, Resilient Cities Catalyst and San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative.

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