Community Science

Community science projects are intended to enhance scientific literacy of the participants and improve the overall stewardship of park resources. Park managers develop scientifically sound practices then train volunteers to use these techniques and collect information for resource related projects. These programs allow participants to experience the park while also helping to address important management questions.

Check out some of our past and current projects below.

Lily Lake  Phenology
Lily Lake Phenology

Become a community scientist today and collect data while walking around Lily Lake.

Two researches identify dragonfly larvae in the field.
Dragonfly Mercury Project

How much mercury is present in the water bodies of Rocky Mountain National Park?

Two students with clipboards and equipment stand together in the forest.
Monitoring Change in Forest Composition

Forest structure and species composition are key vital signs that can help the park understand the overall ecosystem health.

A group of people look out through binoculars
2012 BioBlitz in Rocky

In 2012, a community came together to explore and document species in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Last updated: July 5, 2022