National Park Service (NPS) units provide unique opportunities for scientific research. Because these areas are preserved and protected, they can be studied as reference points for comparisons with similar, altered environments. Research at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) contributes to the understanding of the area’s natural and cultural resources. This information sees use for planning, management, and sharing with partners and the public.
Research at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site covers a wide range of subjects including archaeology, geology, soil, fish, birds, plants, and water. Sand Creek Massacre NHS is part of the Southern Plains Network, a group of NPS units with similar ecosystems created by the NPS Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program. This program works to inventory natural resources and park ecosystems while monitoring these resources to better understand their dynamic nature.