Take a Child Outside: BioBlitz 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 4, 2019


Contact: Marie Cheek - Community Relations Coordinator, Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, S.C. 803.818.6767 mcheek@chmuseums.org


Calling on citizen scientists for Museum of York County’s “Take a Child Outside: BioBlitz 2019”


ROCK HILL, S.C. – Gear up for outdoor adventure during Museum of York County’s “Take a Child Outside: BioBlitz 2019” on Sept. 21. Children ages seven and older can sign up to be citizen scientists and team up with natural science experts in identifying the many species of living organisms along the museum’s nature trail. Winthrop University faculty will lead the BioBlitz as a community effort to create a snapshot of the area’s biodiversity. Wear long pants and closed toe shoes for off-trail exploration.


Inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods,” Take a Child Outside week was founded to help connect children with nature. The national initiative runs from Sept. 24-30 and highlights opportunities and locations for free play and exploration of the great outdoors.


When: Take a Child Outside: BioBlitz happens at Museum of York County on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine.


Registration: Sign-up to explore with an expert. Sessions offered at 10 a.m.; 11 a.m.; noon; 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Contact scheduler@chmuseums.org, call 803.981.9182, or drop by the museum during open hours.


Participants must pre-register; a non-refundable payment is required by Sept. 16.


Registration is free with General Admission: $8 Adults; $7 Seniors (60+); $5 Children (4-17); CHM Members and children under three years are free.


Trail is not handicapped accessible. Recommended for ages seven and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina.


For more information, please go to www.chmuseums.org or call 803.329.2121


About the Museum of York County: The Museum of York County highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the rest of the world. The Naturalist Center, with over 2,000 natural history specimens, provides hands-on opportunities for self-guided discovery and educational programs. The Settlemyre Planetarium is one of only three full-dome digital planetariums in the Charlotte Metro area. The Museum Store has a selection of local handmade pottery, S.C. produced food products, and nature-themed gifts for children. Outside, the museum has a picnic facility, a three-quarter mile nature trail and a Monarch Waystation. The Museum of York County is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.