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Official Press Release: BioBlitz is Back
Bio Blitz

Principia School Hosting Free Public BioBlitz Event May 3–4 for All Ages

Explore the 360-acre campus with scientists from the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Missouri Department of Conservation.

SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 30, 2024)—Principia School today announced its fifth-annual BioBlitz event taking place May 3–4, 2024, on Principia School’s Town and Country campus. The event is open to the public and free for all to attend with hayrides, s’mores and snacks, stargazing, bird watching, bat netting, insect discovery, plein-air painting, and more. Principia hosts students and the community as they explore 360 acres of forest, prairie, ponds, and creek beds alongside local scientists from the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. For more information and to register, visit:

Upper School science teacher and Principia School’s Director of Sustainability, Lynne Scott, has been instrumental in bringing this nationally popular citizen-science event to Principia School. “BioBlitz is a fantastic event that brings students, educators, and community members together to build our awareness and appreciation of the natural world. Together, with talented scientists, we will work to inspire and inform others about the rich flora and fauna in the area.”

As a United States Department of Education Green Ribbon School, Principia is excited to be hosting its fifth BioBlitz. It’s a celebration of nature, a scientific survey of the plants and animals living on campus, and a learning opportunity for all ages. “We are excited to host this event for the community and for our own students,” says the Head of School Dr. Merry Sorrells. “This is yet another opportunity to instill an appreciation for nature and conservation while educating about how we can all make a positive impact.”

See the full public schedule of free activities below (registration required):

Friday, May 3:

3:30–5 p.m.
Principia’s BioBlitz kicks-off with students from Principia and area schools collecting data and making discoveries across the Principia campus.

7–10 p.m.
The community is invited to join us for snacks and exploration, turtle tracking, and hayrides. Enjoy s’mores and stargazing, bat netting, and insect discovery.

Saturday, May 4:

6:30–9 a.m.
Start the day with birding followed by donuts, juice, and coffee.

9 a.m.–Noon
Take part in scientific surveying, STEM activities, a plant sale, honeysuckle table-making, and plein-air painting for all ages/experience levels. Artists are invited to set up easels anywhere on campus (bring your own drawing or painting supplies). 

8:30–11:30 a.m.
There is an optional honeysuckle table-making activity. Twelve spots are available comprised of six groups of two (one adult per group is required). If you wish to participate in this activity, please indicate when registering for BioBlitz.

The Principia BioBlitz Headquarters will be located at:

Mesa Soccer Field
Principia School
13201 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Visit to learn more and to register. Follow Principia School on LinkedInFacebookYouTube, and Instagram to learn about other public events offered throughout the year. 

About Principia

At our award-winning pre-K–12 school in St. Louis, Missouri, and top-ranked Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Principia faculty and staff make up a close-knit community of educators, coaches, and professionals taking a distinct approach to education—blending academic excellence with Christian Science-based character education. Principia’s team of over 500 employees supports not only Principia School and Principia College, but also a worldwide network of Alumni & Friends. At Principia School, a state-of-the-art educational experience prepares students to succeed in an ever-changing world. Principians make deeper connections through relevant cross-curricular projects, engage in their community, and participate in curriculum-based trips around the world. 

Media Contact: Allex Jesper

Director of School Marketing and Communications
Principia School
13201 Clayton Rd, Town and Country, MO 63131