Education and Outreach are critical components of iDigBio’s overall mission to highlight the importance of biodiversity collections and digitization efforts. E&O efforts include engaging the public through informational resources, compelling deliverables and opportunities to participate. In addition, iDigBio is with its partners in developing biodiversity and digitization-related educational resources for K-12, fostering public participation activities for life-long learners, and providing links to educational resources and activities.




Learn more and get involved through the iDigBio Education and Outreach Working Group.

iDigBio Educational Resources

  • Find modules and lesson plans related to natural history collections for:
  • iDigBio has several article series published through the iDigBio Spotlight e-newsletter highlighting biodiversity, natural history collections, and new research. Subscribe to the newsletter or check out the archives for:
    • Biodiversity Spotlights: Get more background on some of the organisms found in the portal by reading the monthly Biodiversity Spotlight.
    • Research Spotlights: Learn about what scientists are learning from collections by reading the monthly Research Spotlight.
    • Portal Curiosities: Find some of the extraordinary specimens within the portal by checking out the Portal Curiosities Series.
    • Coding Corner: Did you know that iDigBio has an R programing package? Learn how to explore data in the specimen portal using "ridigbio".

More Resources from ADBC

PaleoNICHES & Cretaceous World TCNs: Digital Atlas of Ancient Life: Get digital atlases for fossils from the OrdovicianPennsylvanian, Cretaceous, and Neogene, find fossil guides, access a Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life (DEAL) and get the mobile friendly App.

SERNEC (Southeastern Herbaria): Find lessons plans and activities associated with Notes from Nature, WeDigBio, and more!

Lichens, Bryophytes and Climate Change: Learn about lichens and bryophytes, search the lichen and bryophyte portals, and get involved!

MyCoPortalSearch the portal for mycological collections, find fungi checklists for your area, play name that fungus, and get involved!

Macroalgae: Watch the Macroalgae in Our Lives video, Search the Macroalgal Herbarium Portal and create checklists for your area.

New England Vascular Plants: Help them digitize, find botanical species lists, and search the Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria

Tri-Trophic: Visit the Discover Life webpage to find lesson plans, activities, and other information for science teachers and students

Libraries of Life Collection Cards were created by the iDigBio Augmented Reality Public Education/Outreach Working Group. The fifteen cards each feature a different project funded by NSF's Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, and each card launches a 3D model in the mobile device's viewer that brings specimens to life for the public. The cards are available to download and print through the app, and further resources are available at, including educational materials.



Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections, or WeDigBio, is a 4-day event that engages participants online and onsite in digitizing natural history collections. Onsite events are hosted by museums, herbaria, universities, and other institutions and enable face to face meetups where participants engage with local collections.

Meet the People Behind iDigBio

Adania Flemming is a Masters student and research assistant with iDigBio. Her research interests involve using biological collections to help answer ecological hypotheses. She is passionate about education and is involved with Education and Outreach activities for iDigBio including citizen science efforts such as the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event and tabling with iDigBio at other outreach efforts (She’s a scientist, and Earth Day, etc.). She is also a member of the Education and Outreach Working Group. Adania is part of the group working to create a best practices white paper which can be shared with the greater collections community, and will attend Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference 2017 as a panel discussion moderator to get more input for this paper.

Just Added to the Portal

Acidaspis sp.

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  • Collector:
  • George Oeh
  • Locality:
  • North America; USA; Ohio; Hamilton County; Cincinnati
  • Provider ID:
  • urn:uuid:6b99598f-b496-4f3a-b9e6-01046812a36e
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