Research on Open Space

Research on Open Space

Research projects and inventories help us monitor management practices, improve resources and park visitor experiences.

Research Permit Requests

If you are interested in conducting research on open space that is not part of the Small Grants Program, please see the Research Proposal Requirements.

If you are interested in using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, please see the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Policy.

Interagency Research

Did you know that City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) also fund research? To discuss the possibilities of a shared research project, please visit Interagency Research Proposals.

2018 Small Grants Program

Small grants are being offered for research and biological inventories on open space lands.

  • Grants are awarded up to $10,000.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that address the Priority Research Topics, but all proposals will be considered.
  • We strongly encourage you to contact appropriate staff members to discuss research topics in advance of the deadline.
  • The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 15, 2018.
  • Research Proposal Requirements & Priority Research Topics

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Research Reports

More than 110 research projects have been completed since 2000. Below you will find final reports from the Small Grants Program as well as other scientific papers, studies and staff reports.

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