Projects

Research

Great Parks of Hamilton County has a long history of collaborating with researchers to conduct natural resource-related studies.

Individuals can submit their own research proposal ideas or choose one from the priorities list generated by Great Parks. Great Parks’ decides which proposals are permitted and/or funded. Past research projects encompass a wide variety of topics, from vascular plant and animal resource studies to invasive species control and native plant restoration.

Those interested in conducting research in the parks must submit a proposal, natural areas guidelines and obtain a permit from Great Parks.
Research and educational permits are only valid for the calendar year in which they are granted. All projects must be completed within the calendar year in which the permit is awarded/approved unless stated otherwise.

Upcoming Events

  • Contractual Research

    Researchers must submit a proposal to be considered for funding. Proposals are only accepted December–January each year. Proposal guidelines, deadline and submittal instructions will be available on this page in December. 

    Proposals addressing the priority needs listed below are given highest consideration, however other topics will also be considered. Great Parks’ will review proposals to determine which ones will be permitted or funded. 

    Research priorities: 

    1. Bat monitoring or ecology (any park)
    2. Amphibian disease ecology (select parks)
    3. Pest disease ecology (any park)
    4. Genotypic diversity of propogated native plants(select parks)
    5. Other proposed research topics (any park)

    Before applying, be sure to follow the instructions below: 

    1. Read and submit documents within the Request for Proposal
    2. Submit your proposal, bid form, and signed natural areas guidelines form using the upload function or email all documents to Zurijanne Carter.

    Researchers will be notified if their proposal has been recommended for funding within 30 days of the submittal deadline. 

  • Research Permits

    Proposals requesting permission to conduct research within the parks are accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals addressing the priority needs listed below are given highest consideration, however other topics will also be considered. Great Parks’ will review proposals to determine which ones will be recommended for approval. 

    Research priorities: 

    1. Bat monitoring or ecology (any park)
    2. Amphibian disease ecology (select parks)
    3. Pest disease ecology (any park)
    4. Genotypic diversity of propogated native plants(select parks)
    5. Other proposed research topics (any park)

    Before applying, be sure to follow the instructions below for obtaining a research permit: 

    1. Read and submit the document within the Research Permit Request for Proposal
    2. Submit your proposal using the upload function below at least 30 days prior to your expected start date.

    Researchers will be notified if their proposal has been recommended for approval within 10 business days of the submittal deadline. 

  • Educational Field Trips Permit

    Individuals wishing to obtain permission for educational field trips within GPHC natural areas that may be conducting more than one visit and/or collecting specimens must submit a proposal. 

    • Purpose of the field trip
    • Educational objective(s)
    • Methods used
    • Parks to be sampled with notes on specific locations
    • Specific timeline of start/end of educational visit
    • Your contact information

    If you are interested in collecting samples, you must explain where the specimens would be vouchered, e.g., in a recognized and accessible natural history museum. 

    Before applying, be sure to follow the instructions below: 

    1. Review the Educational Permit Request for Proposal guidelines
    2. Submit your proposal and signed guidelines form using the upload function below. Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days prior to your expected start date.

    Researchers will be notified if their proposal has been recommended for approval within 10 business days of the submittal deadline.

    Educational Field Trips Permit Request PDF

  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions about research within Great Parks of Hamilton County, please contact: 

    Zurijanne Carter, Conservation Biologist
    513-728-3551 ext 269 
    Email 

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