Exploring VCNP Dendroglyphs As Historic Records

VCNP Interdisciplinary Scientist/Communicator Ana Steffen will give a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 the Nature Center about how aspen carvings left at the Preserve can inform current knowledge of the early peoples who occupied the landscape. Courtesy/PEEC

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The Valles Caldera National Preserve is the home of thousands of aspen carvings left by early twentieth century peoples. The Preserve recently completed a compilation of data for more than 2,500 carvings.

Aspen dendroglyphs. Courtesy/PEEC

VCNP Interdisciplinary Scientist/Communicator Ana Steffen is presenting a free talk about the carvings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Los Alamos Nature Center att 2600 Canyon Road.

Steffen will discuss the survey of carvings at the Preserve and what can be learned from the dates, family names and place names recorded in the bark of aspen trees. She also will discuss how one can see the ecological context of aspen dendroglyphs as an intersection between nature and culture: the markings of a human community in the context of a forest community.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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