Citizen Science Projects

This is the future site of our Citizen Science projects.  Keep tuned.

Cottonwoods on the South Platte River 
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Fireweed at Alpine Basin
[photo credit]

 Research Studies and BioBlitzes

For many years CoNPS has run a series of research studies of ecologically important areas. Over the past few years these studies have taken the form of BioBlitzes. Wikipedia defines BioBlitz as: "an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period." Being the hearty souls Colorado volunteers are, our BioBlitzes generally run two days with camping in the middle. This program attracts interesting scientists from many disciplines, and for us some wonderful botanists. But this program isn't just for the heavy-duty botanists. It is a wonderful opportunity for amateur botanists to pair up with experienced botanists and learn a great deal about our native plants. In this role, they can record species, help collect and press specimens and photograph plants to record plants both collected and not collected.

Past and Upcoming BioBlitzes
This program is run by  Field Studies Committee
Interested volunteers should email Steve Olson at


Avery Peak Twinpod
Physaria alpina
[photo credit]

Chapter On-the-Ground Conservation Programs

In addition to the programs provided by the Conservation and Field Studies Committees, CoNPS chapters often organize conservation projects on their own in their local areas.  These are often done in conjunction with CoNPS partners.  These programs are announced in the weekly or monthly newsletters that chapter presidents send to members and are also listed on this website.


Conservation Programs Run By Our Partner Agencies

North Park Phacelia (Phacelia formosula)
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 Our Partners

Colorado Natural Areas Program (Rare Plant Monitoring Stewards Program & Volunteer Stewards Program)
Denver Botanic Gardens (Rare Plant Monitoring Stewards Program)
Southern Rockies Seed Network
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (On-the-Ground Conservation Programs)