Nature and Science
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Scientists and the National Park Service conducted research to learn more about the Sand Creek Massacre and the lanscape before the park opened in 2007.
The Sand Creek Massacre NHS continues to consult with a number of partners concerning the natural and cultural resources at the site. Here, park rangers meet with area landowners, tribal members, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Colorado State Forest Service, and others.Download 159 KB
A researcher from the University of Colorado prepares to take a sample from a cottonwood tree at the Sand Creek Massacre NHS. The study of tree rings, or dendrochronology, will assist the National Park Service in determining the ages of various trees at the site, including locating possible "witness" trees from the 1860s.Download 136 KB
A researcher from the University of Montana works with a National Park Service Natural Resource Specialist and a Southern Arapaho tribal member during initial stages of Sand Creek ethnobotanical study. The study will help to locate, identify, and protect plant species at the historic site.Download 152 KB
Prior to opening, Sand Creek Massacre NHS initiated a number of natural resource projects. Above, a park ranger and a researcher from the University of Nevada-Reno, gather core samples along Big Sandy Creek. These samples will be used for pollen analysis in an attempt to learn more about the area's historic environment.Download 174 KB