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Upcoming Event: Bioblitz!

FOSC Bioblitz to Celebrate Earth Day/Month in Fairfax! 

Become a citizen scientist and help us document the diversity in our Fairfax Open Space Preserves! Join Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC), in collaboration with Fairfax Parks and Recreation for our first Bioblitz to celebrate Earth Day. 

What: A BioBlitz is an event where a group of people tries to document as many species as possible in a specific time frame. It's a great way to get to know a place, local animals and plants, and collect real scientific data. 

When: Our first Bioblitz will take place Sunday May 16th from 9:30AM until 11:30 PM.

Where: This is an in-person event, adapted to COVID regulations, with social distancing, masks at all times, touch-less sign up, and no equipment sharing. We will walk in very small groups, explore the park, and document all our observations using the free smartphone app iNaturalist. 

If this sounds like fun, join us!

More info and RSVP will be shared soon.


How: To sign up, email Susan Pascal Beran @  

Space is limited, so sign up ASAP! 

More About the Bioblitz Organizer: Heather Duplaisir 

Heather Duplaisir is the newest advisory member of the Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC). She is a professor at San Jose State University in the Department of Public Health and Recreation where she has been teaching since 2019. She has a Master of Science in Recreation from San Francisco State University where her focus was on sustainable tourism. Her publications include the textbook: Girling, R., Gordy, H. & Lanier, P. (2016) The Good Company: Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism and Wine New York, NY: Business Expert Press. As well as the article:  Duplaisir, H., Látková, P., Wilson, J., & Everette, M. (2019).  "Impacts of Participation in Socially Responsible Tourism on Tourist’s Attitudes and Future Behavior: Amazon Watch Journey to Ecuador." Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies 3 (2): 1-19. She was the winner of the International Award for Excellence for Volume 3 of the Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies for this article in May 2019. She also has an Outdoor Educator Certification awarded by the National Outdoor Leadership School in August 2012. She has spoken at tourism conferences both globally and locally on sustainable tourism.