Tips for Attending Ambler Arboretum BioBlitz

Ambler Arboretum BioBlitz will take place in a 25-acre region of meadows, forest and creeks to the rear of campus. Base Camp will be located in the Learning Center Lobby.

Transportation and Parking:

  • All BioBlitz participants may park in the Learning Center Parking Lot.

  • If taking the train, shuttle service is available to and from the Ambler Train Station and Ambler Campus (Friday only). View the schedule online.

Preparation before arriving:

  • If you haven’t already done so, please register for the event online at ambler.temple.edu/BioBlitz.

  • Bring a camera to record your findings.

  • Bring binoculars if you have them available.

  • Bring bug spray.

  • Exploring is a hungry business. Bring snacks!

  • If you are planning to stay during the evening hours, bring a flashlight or headlamp. Red light is best as it doesn’t disturb wildlife.

  • Don’t forget, BioBlitz is a rain or shine event, so plan and dress appropriately!

  • At BioBlitz, you will be out among the trees and meadows and possibly in the creeks. Wear clothes and footwear appropriate for getting hands-on with citizen science!

  • Wear a baseball cap — when looking anywhere toward the sun, they are a huge help.

  • While the weather is expected to be warm, bring along a jacket or additional warm clothing — it can get a lot cooler under the canopy of trees. Dress in layers for the weather.

  • Think green — bring a reusable water bottle!

  • BioBlitz is open to everyone! Bring family and friends along to join in the fun!

  • If bringing children or minors to the event, please ensure that they are accompanied by an adult on the trail system at all times.

When you arrive:

  • BioBlitz Base Camp is located near the trail system. Please be sure to register at Base Camp when you arrive.

  • Base Camp will include dozens of field guides, microscopes and more to help you identify the plants, trees, mammals, birds, insects, fungi and more that you discover during BioBlitz.

  • Data gathering material will be provided to you when you arrive at Base Camp.

  • Information tents will be located at both ends of the primary trail system if you have questions or need assistance.

  • Ambler Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury will officially kick off the BioBlitz at 12 p.m., Saturday, June 23 with “BioBlitz 101” and a Guide to Using Field Guides. The kick-off will begin at Base Camp.

  • Take a walk on the wild side at BioBlitz and participate on the guided walking tours that will be held throughout the event. Topics include: Birds, Plants, Insects, Mammals, Reptiles and Fungus. View the full schedule at ambler.temple.edu/BioBlitz-Schedule (coming soon!).

  • Be sure to send photos of your findings to bioblitz_ambler@temple.edu!

  • There will be trash and recycling receptacles located throughout the event. Please think environmentally and keep our campus clean! Discard debris in the proper containers.

  • You can always come back! BioBlitz is a 24-hour event. Head home for a snack and return to see what night life is stirring on campus!

  • Join the BioBlitz conversation on social media when you use #AmblerArboretumBioBlitz.

  • Explore, discover and, most of all, have fun!

Any questions, contact Jim Duffy at Temple University Ambler at 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

Be sure to visit the BioBlitz Website at ambler.temple.edu/BioBlitz for updated information about the event! We’ll see you JUne 23 and 24!