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BioBlitz

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A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a 24-hour period.
At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area's biodiversity. 
We're inviting the community to help us by attending one of our expert-led nature walks or events and by downloading the iNaturalist app to take pictures of the plants and animals you find around Garret Mountain Reservation and Rifle Camp Park. 

Date: Friday, June 11 @ 4:00 PM - Saturday, June 12 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Garret Mountain Reservation & Rifle Camp Park
Partnered with the Friends of Garret Mountain Reservation
Activity Schedule

Friday, June 11


  • 4:00 PM - iNaturalist App Demonstration @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 6:00 PM - Nature Walk by Dianne @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 6:30 PM - Creatures of the Night presentation by Lokai Rose @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 8:00 PM - Bioluminescent Scorpion Search by Lokai Rose @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 9:00 PM - Astronomy Event @ Rifle Camp Park Nature Center

    • Come see the planets, stars, and the beautiful view of New York City at the John F. Crowley Nature Center in Rifle Camp Park. 




Saturday, June 12


  • 7:00 AM - Early Morning Bird Walk with Sandy @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

    • Montclair Bird Club members will conduct two bird walks. One at 7am and the other at 10am. Members will also be in the area during the day to answer questions.



  • 8:00 AM - Nature Walk with Vera @ Rifle Camp Park Pond Parking Lot

    • This will be a 1-1/2 to 2 hour nature hike along the trails at Rifle Camp Park.  We’ll be exploring the varied habitats in the park, walking on both flat and hilly terrain.  Hike will be at an easy pace, as we search for birds, wildlife, insects, plants, and any other interesting things we may find.  Binoculars helpful.  Bring camera or phone to upload pictures to iNaturalist app.  



  • 8:00 AM - iNaturalist App Demonstration @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 9:30 AM - Micro-Invertebreate Study by NJ Watershed Ambassador @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

    • Join your local NJ Watershed Ambassador as we search through the bugs that live in our local streams! We will look at water samples from a nearby waterbody and use field guides to identify the living creatures that we find. These aquatic bugs, called macroinvertebrates, are indicator species of water quality and we can use them to determine how healthy the stream is.



  • 10:00 AM - Butterfly Walk by Fred @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

    • Join Fred Pfeifer as he walks around the pond looking for butterflies, dragonflies, and other interesting species. Tuck pants into high socks to avoid ticks. Binoculars will help you see nature’s wonders more easily.



  • 10:00 AM - Late Morning Bird Walk with Sandy @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

    • Montclair Bird Club members will conduct two bird walks. One at 7am and the other at 10am. Members will also be in the area during the day to answer questions.



  • 11:00 AM - Botany Walk @ Garret Mountain Boathouse & Rifle Camp Park

  • 11:00 AM - Butterfly Experience by Lokai Rose @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 11:00 AM - Animal Habitat Display by Lokai Rose @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 12:00 PM - Butterfly Garden Conversation 1 @ Garret Mountain Tower Picnic Area Butterfly Garden

  • 1:00 PM - Scat Identification Game with Lokai Rose @ Garret Mountain Boathouse

  • 1:00 PM - Butterfly Garden Conversation 2 @ Garret Mountain Tower Picnic Area Butterfly Garden

  • 2:00 PM - Botany Walk @ Garret Mountain Boathouse & Rifle Camp Park

  • 2:00 PM - Butterfly Garden Conversation 3 @ Garret Mountain Tower Picnic Area Butterfly Garden