The October 2013 iPad issue of National Geographic Kids magazine features the recent E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Collaborative Storytelling Project Inspired by Nature video. The October 2013 issue can be purchased in the iTunes App Store as a single issue, or as part of an annual subscription. National Geographic Kids has also showcased Inspired by Nature on the popular “News Bites” blog section of its website. We’re very pleased at the attention these platforms will bring to the voices of the students in Inspired by Nature.
In May 2013, students from all over the country came to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve near New Orleans, Louisiana, for a National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz. Together, they developed a sense of awe about the natural world as they worked together with volunteer scientists, teachers, and other community members to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible within the 24-hour event.
E.O. Wilson has said, “There is no greater high than discovery.” With the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s collaborative storytelling project, Inspired by Nature, we aim to capture the moment of personal discovery and transformation that occurs as young people connect with the natural world at BioBlitz. As the Foundation works to foster a new generation of enthusiastic explorers and informed citizens, we hope these stories will inspire and connect us all around the importance of environmental conservation and biodiversity.