Bioblitz is Saturday at S-D Middle

Susan EspirituOur Town Outdoors, South Knox

Jennifer Sauer, STEM teacher at South-Doyle Middle School, wants everyone to have her passion for science and nature. She knows the best way to learn anything is through immersion into the subject, so she has led students to log 1,315 observations of living organisms in their schoolyard and 345 different species with iNaturalist as part of the Discover Life in America’s program of which SDMS is an active member and works in partnership with TVA.

Jennifer and the South-Doyle Environmental Club want to share their discoveries with the community so they are hosting a Bioblitz, tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at SDMS as part of Knoxville City Nature Challenge. It’s a free, family-friendly event!

Participants can download the iNaturalist app on their smart phone and scan the QR code to join the event, meet at the South-Doyle School amphitheater and then explore the creatures in the creek and land around the school. Catch the passion of Jennifer and the SDMS Environment Club!

Jaimie Matzko, biodiversity program specialist with DLiA, said, “Discover Life in America and TVA created the iScience program to introduce educators to iNaturalist, in order to easily record the biodiversity in their schoolyard and collect real data. It’s exciting to see our teachers, like Jen, organizing these events for the community!”

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