The 2018 BioBlitz, held this year at The Nature Conservancy's Tensleep Preserve outside of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, will bring together scientists and the public to survey for every type of organism we can find in an area within a couple of days. The BioBlitz will be a weekend-long event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers and environmental educators join forces to identify, research applied management questions, and learn about as many local plant, insect and animal species as possible. We look forward to seeing you on the preserve for another year of science, education, and exploration!
Tensleep Canyon. Image: Harold Malde
About Tensleep Preserve
The heart of The Nature Conservancy's Tensleep Preserve is a twelve-mile stretch of Canyon Creek, slicing deeply through the southwestern flanks of the Bighorn Mountains. Ancient pictographs and Native American gathering sites reveal a long history between people and the land. The ecological richness that first attracted people here continues to attract visitors to the preserve, which is open to the public.
You can discover the magic of the Bighorn Mountain foothills while visiting Tensleep and using the Conservancy's learning center for mealtime and classes. Explore the local geology, examine western flowers, watch for wildlife, visit ancient pictograph sites and soak in expansive views of spectacular canyon country. The preserve's tent camp provides an opportunity to enjoy the preserve's unique and remote landscapes of majestic ponderosa pine woodlands, lush cottonwood forests nestled in the bottom of deep canyons, open meadows with expansive views and spectacular canyon overlooks. View a map of the preserve here.
Camping and Food/Water
There are 12 wall tents available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Each wall tent has two beds. Bedding is NOT provided. Wall tents are limited to one per family.
All other on-site camping will be primitive, and only in designated areas.
Cooking in the camping area is not allowed, but may be done in the kitchen.
Please bring plenty of water in order to conserve the Preserve’s water, which must be pumped for some distance.
Bathrooms are available in and near the lodge. Also at the lodge are picnic tables and a grill. Inside the lodge is a fully equipped commercial kitchen, including refrigerators, that is available for our use.
Enjoy an authentic Chuckwagon dinner near camp! Listen for the dinner bell Saturday night - be sure to sign up and pay for dinner and/or breakfast before the event. Sunday morning, we'll offer hot coffee and a delicious pancake breakfast, with fixin’s and drinks. These meals must be purchased in advance of the BioBlitz.
Dinner Menu Selection:
Chuckwagon grilled Hamburgers w/ cheese, grilled onions & pickles
Sides: Cowboy Baked Beans, Dilly Potato Salad & Chips
Drinks: Tea, Lemonade
Grilled Pancakes, butter, syrup, Sausage, Fruit, Coffee & Juice
Meal purchases will be available after completing registration, or may be purchased in our online store. Chuckwagon meals must be purchased in advance.
Traveling on Highway 16. Three miles east of the town of Ten Sleep, turn south on County Rd 436. The preserve is 11 miles up the road on the left. The first 5 miles are paved. Please watch for cows on the road as you proceed up the gravel the rest of the way to our main entrance, which is double gated with a 14-ft high arch above it. After proceeding one mile, you'll proceed past the shop for another mile to the learning center and tent camp.
- 2:00pm: Registration opens.
- 3:00pm: Journaling with Sierra Morrow.
- Dinner on your own.
- 6:30pm: Welcome, Trey Davis and others, evening speaker
- 8:00pm: Bats
Registration desk opens at 6 am
- 6:00am - 8:00am: Bird surveys
- 8:30am: Gather together, divide into two groups. One group will leave for the stream area.
- 9:00am - 12:00pm: Surveys. At noon the stream group will head back to the lodge.
- 12:30pm: Second group will head to the stream area.
- 1:00pm - 4:00pm: Surveys. At 4 the stream group will return to the lodge.
- 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Group dinner. Chuckwagon dinner must be purchased in advance ($15/person), or BYO
- 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Evening speaker, CJ Grimes, Bighorn Birds
- 7:30pm: S’mores and sharing time
- 6:00am: Bird counts OR mammal tracking
- 8:00am: Group breakfast. Pancake breakfast must be purchased in advance ($10/person), or BYO
- 9:00am - 11:00am: Bird mist netting
- 11:00am: BioBlitz wrap-up
- 11:30am: Teacher wrap-up
We offer two (2) Professional Standards Teaching Board (PTSB) credits for teachers participating in the BioBlitz.
Receiving PTSB credit requires you to be a PTSB-certified teacher, sign up for the credit by contacting Dusty Downey (Ddowney@audubon.org, 504-453-4124), and participate in all activities during the BioBlitz. For more information, contact PTSB credit coordinator Dusty Downey.