Event Schedule



Friday, September 23

(The morning is designated for registered schools. If you are interested in bringing your 4th grade class to the bioblitz, then please contact Courtney Long at courtney@cfaia.org)

9:30-10:00 am Students arrive at Pink Beds, bathrooms

10:00 am Welcome to the Cradle of Forestry in America

10:15-11:15 Rotation 1*

11:20-12:20 pm Rotation 2*

*Rotation A: Surveys out in the field and learning how to identify plants and animals, 1 hour

*Rotation B(1): rocks and minerals with Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, 20 minutes

*Rotation B(2): pollinators with Devin Gentry, 20 minutes

*Rotation B(3): environmental games TBD, 20 minutes

12:30pm-1:00pm Students eat lunch and head back to school. Any schools who have time are invited to walk over to the Forest Discovery Center and do a self-guided walk one of the trails


6:00-6:30pm EVENT BEGINS with welcome and orientation to the bioblitz and how to use iNaturalist app. 

6:30pm-9:30 Concurrent Evening Walks:

*Mist netting and bat walk

*Other guided evening walks for nocturnal life.

*Moths and nocturnal insects at Picnic Area (white sheet display)


Saturday, September 24 (National Public Lands Day)

Concurrent Sessions: Guided walks 7:00 am-5:30pm

A great opportunity to explore under the guidance of experts and naturalists for guided walks through Pink Beds, collecting species data along the way.


8:00am, 1:30pm-Guided bird walk

9:00am-12:00pm- 3 mile All Species Walk

10:30 am, 2:30pm, 8:00pm -Reptiles & Amphibians-Herpetology

10:00 am, 12:30 pm- Shrub & Tree Walk-Botany

11:00am, 2:00pm- Mushrooms & Fungi-Mycology

11:00am, 2:00pm- Herbaceous Flora-Botany

2:30pm- Ecology Walk

1:00pm- Fish shocking

10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:00pm-Biltmore Campus Trail historic tour at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center

5:00 pm– Final updated species counts and event highlights. All participants encouraged to go to Oskar Blues to celebrate Pisgah Pride Day and National Public Lands Day

6:00- 9:00pm Bat walk and mist netting, Evening walks for nocturnal surveys, Moths and nocturnal insects (white sheet display)



Educational and Interactive Booths: 10:00am-5:00pm

10:00am-5:00pm Species tallying ongoing

10:00am-5:30pm Identification aid station

10:00am-5:00pm– iNaturalist Troubleshooting

10:00am-5:00pm How to respectfully & safely look for wildlife

10:00-4:00 Wild South

10:00-4:00 Mushroom identification with UNC-A Mycology class

10:00-4:00 Pisgah Forest Gem Mining behind Forest Discovery Center

10:00-4:00 Tree Taggr and impact of wooly adelgids on eastern hemlocks

10:00-4:00 Nature journaling and sketching tips