Share Wildlife Observations
and Earn Prizes!

For every “share” or observation made, participants can earn between one to five points. Most prizes can be picked up any GetSpot but some are only available during ecoEXPLORE events.

How to Earn Bonus Points

Every “share” earns a point, but you can earn up to four additional bonus points by doing the following:

  • “Sharing” an observation of the current field season.
  • Making your “share” at an ecoEXPLORE HotSpot.
  • Identifying the correct plant or animal species.
  • Including a clear photograph that helps scientists confirm your ID.

Check Some of Our Awesome ecoEXPLORE Prizes Below!

iPod Touch info_outline

1000 points

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1000 points

A great compact tool you can use to See It, Snap It and Share It! Use the camera application to record your observations and upload them to your ecoEXPLORE page. iPod Touch units are also a great way to keep your field guide apps handy and even record video! Comes with a durable case and ready to use in the field.

Limit: One per person

*Available at certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Collapsible Snake Hook info_outline

250 points

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250 points

Use this tool to keep non-venomous snakes in your view as you take photos. This tool packs down small and extends to give you a greater, safer reach. It also works well to flip stones and logs as you search for salamanders, snakes and other “herps” you encounter in the wild.

Limit: One per person

*Available at certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Pocket Stream Sampling Net info_outline

200 points

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200 points

This net packs down small enough to fit into your pocket or field bag but extends to a 20” x 25” net with 30” handles. This field tool is a great way to capture fish, aquatic salamanders or insects to photograph and release.

Limit: One per person

*Available at certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Window Bird Feeder info_outline

150 points

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150 points

Get up close and personal to songbirds with this feeder that you can attach to any window. This feeder allows you to take great photos of birds without the need for zooming or extra lenses.

Limit: Three per person

*Available at certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Collapsible Insect Net info_outline

120 points

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120 points

This net features a 15” diameter hoop that folds down to 5” wide. The handle is a perfect size to hold as you sweep the net to capture butterflies, moths, mantises and more. This net comes along with an optional 12” extended handle.

Limit: One per person

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Bushnell Powerview Binoculars info_outline

100 points

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100 points

These lightweight yet durable binoculars will allow you to spot birds, tree tops, distant butterflies and much more. Size 8” x 21”.

Limit: One per person

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Aspirator info_outline

90 points

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90 points

Also affectionately known as a “suck ‘em thingy,” this is the perfect device to catch small invertebrates safely. Simply point the metal tube at the animal, stick the rubber hose in your mouth and suck in! The metal screen keeps any direct objections (and of course, insects and spiders) out of your mouth and into the collection jar. Please note: Always wash collection jars after use before putting in a new animal.

Limit: One per person

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Field Bag info_outline

75 points

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75 points

This field bag is the perfect size to keep all of your field tools and display your hard-earned ecoEXPLORE Field Badges.

Limit: One per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Selfie Stick info_outline

50 points

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50 points

Sure you can use this tool to take photos of yourself with salamanders but it also has another purpose. The handle adjusts to 36” long with your device’s camera button still at your fingertips. This allows for close-up photos of critters that might not let you get so close or where you don’t want to step.

Limit: One per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Macro Photo Lens info_outline

30 points

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30 points

Perfect for photographing those hard-to-identify insects, this lens is attached to a rubber band that you can wrap around any photo or case to take close-up macro photos of your observations.

Limit: One per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Mini Plant Press info_outline

25 points

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25 points

Plant presses are used to preserve plant specimens, such as leaves or even an entire plant. Once a plant is collection and pressed, it can be used to create a herbarium specimen and/or photograph. This small plant press is an easy size to bring into the field.

Limit: Two per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

ecoEXPLORE Hand Lens info_outline

15 points

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15 points

This lens is ideal for examining tree buds, insects, small salamanders, or any small plant or animal. The tool includes two lenses for two levels of magnification.

Limit: One per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

ecoEXPLORE Thermometer & Compass info_outline

10 points

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10 points

This tool is great for determining extra observation details like temperature and direction, and helps you prepare to dress for any weather in the field.

Limit: One per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

ecoEXPLORE Magnifying Insect Box info_outline

10 points

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10 points

Not only does this 2” wide box allow you to keep small animals contained as you photograph them before releasing, the magnifying top is a handy tool to get a close look at beetles, ants or other small wildlife.

Limit: Five per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Collection Jar info_outline

10 points

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10 points

You can never have too many collection jars. These sturdy plastic jars are ideal for holding onto organisms as you identify and photograph them prior to releasing animals into the wild. The jar is 3” wide and holds eight ounces. Please note: Always wash collection jars after use before putting in a new animal.

Limit: Five per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.

Plastic Petri Dish info_outline

5 points

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5 points

This is another great item to keep on hand to hold small organisms as you identify and photograph them. Please note: Always wash petri dishes after use before putting in a new animal.

Limit: Five per person per field season

*Available at any GetSpot during regular business hours and certain ecoEXPLORE events and field programs.