Scientific studies have been conducted at Florissant since the 1870s. Maintaining an active research program is a primary part of the monument's mission. The park paleontologist oversees the paleontology program. The program conducts scientific research, inventories and monitors fossil sites, publishes information and provides education to the public, produces books about the monument's paleontology and history, provides scientific oversight for new exhibits, and oversees research done by other institutions.
Current and recent research about Florissant includes:
1) Preservation of petrified stumps
Explore digital collections on the Florissant Fossil Beds Database or on the iDigPaleo website or on the National Park Service Museum Collections Website. The tabs include general information, a browse tab that displays all of the published fossil specimens (including images) from Florissant, and curriculum activities.
Last updated: March 11, 2023