Program Details: Open to the public

Front Range Pika Project

The general public is invited to take part in a citizen-science program focused on the American pika, a small relative of rabbits that inhabits the Rockies and other rocky places throughout the western US. Volunteers are trained and coordinated through the Front Range Pika Project's citizen science program (a partnership of Denver Zoo and Rocky Mountain Wild). Sign up at

Pikas are sensitive to climate and are disappearing from some areas in a pattern that suggests they are succumbing to recent climate change. Several researchers at CU are studying changes in the pika's distribution, and have partnered with the Front Range Pika Project to offer students and other citizens a chance to contribute to these studies.

This project involves monitoring certain pika habitats along the Colorado Front Range to determine how these habitats are changing and whether pikas are still present. Data collected by volunteers are made available through an interactive website, providing informative maps and supporting data useful for researchers, land managers and the general public.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Denver
  • Estes Park

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Continental Divide Research Learning Center
  • Denver Zoo
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Rocky Mountain Wild
  • University of Colorado - Boulder

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO), Department of

Program Contact

Chris Ray
Research Associate - INSTAAR

Program Categories


  • Biological Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation/Entertainment
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Program Types:

  • Field Trip
  • Online Resources
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Summer Program - General Public
  • Volunteer Services


  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Students - High School
  • Teachers - High School

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