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Friday, June 29, 2018

Project Time!

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It’s been a very fun week, and I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of this place. All the kids are great and I am glad to be working with this group. The kids are mostly locals from the Grand Canyon who live here year round and go to the local high school. Some of them are returning from last year and for others this is the first time they’ve participated in the…
Friday, June 29, 2018

Fire Island Sites

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There are four major sites on Fire Island that I have gotten to visit: Watch Hill This is the first site I got to visit on Fire Island. Even though it’s a long ferry ride, it’s worth it. Watch Hill is home to an expansive salt marsh that is bursting with wildlife. You can can see Snowy Egrets, Osprey, deer, Gray Catbirds, and much more. The waves on the beach are huge and the sand…
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Impact of Weather

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Working at a national park typically keeps you busy. There’s always something to do: a program to plan for, a visitor center to be staffed, a meeting or training to attend – and that’s just from an interpretive staff member’s perspective.
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Coldest Summer Yet....

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Finishing up my third week here in San Francisco with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail has been very rewarding and life changing. In the three weeks that I have been out here I have tried to explore every corner of the city and have not even gotten close yet. I have visited a total of seven beaches and five parks located all across the coast from Marin county to Pacifica, California. My…
Friday, June 29, 2018

When Can I Start!

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Hi everyone, my name is Alejandro Ramos and I am an intern this summer at the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Coming from the small town of Manteca, California, exploring the Rockies has always been a dream.
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Hello once again! It has been three weeks since I arrived at Homestead, and though it was a bit difficult at first I now feel more comfortable and confident in my new surroundings.
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Hey guys!!! So I finally figured out how to write posts on my phone, since I forgot to bring my laptop charger. Anyway, the second week here in the North Cascades has been incredible. I took an unexpected turn while trying to find my supervisor and ended up finding out about the plant propagation crew and then working with them for the whole week.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

My First Few Days at the Grand Canyon

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I had never been to the Grand Canyon before this internship, and have been looking forward to being here since I was told I was accepted to work for the park. I woke up at 3 AM to get to the Raleigh Durham airport in North Carolina, flew into Charlotte, then Phoenix, and finally Flagstaff, where I would be driven in by shuttle for an hour and half until I got to the Grand Canyon.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Living Fossil?!

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Horseshoe crabs are lining up on the ocean as we speak! Do you know why? June is horseshoe crab mating season. They enjoy coming out at night so they can mate and lay their eggs. Just the other night, I was walking down the bay and got to see about a hundred horseshoe crabs lining up along the shoreline.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Latino Conservation Week

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For Latino Conservation Week, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail LHIP interns collaborated in the planning of the Peralta Hacienda Restoration Service Learning Project, for which our mission was to bring together local residents of Oakland to help clean up and remove invasive species on the Peralta Creek.
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This week has been one of, if not the best, week so far! It brought back so many memories from the past, and while some may have been embarrassing, at the time they taught a lesson. While Monday and Tuesday involved being at the front desk again, I still enjoyed talking to and teaching the visitors of Little River Canyon things to look out for, things to enjoy, and places to visit. Those two days…
Monday, June 25, 2018

About Homestead

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Hola de nuevo! I have been an intern at the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska for about two weeks now. Now that I have been here a while and have gotten the hang of things (though I’m still learning), I thought it would be a good time to talk about the park. Specifically, why it was created, what it represents, and my duties as a Latino Heritage Intern.
Monday, June 25, 2018

First Week at Santa Monica Mountains

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There were many exiting activities that I participated in this week but Wednesday’s was my favorite. We went on a field trip to the LA office, located right across from Placita Olvera, this office felt so welcoming to me. People were speaking Spanglish, eating Mexican food, and cracking jokes. In contrast to the countryside, which is mostly what I consider a very exclusive and unfamiliar space, the LA office felt a lot more like home.
Monday, June 25, 2018

The Workload is Stacking Up

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Hello Everyone So the last time I posted a lot was going on, and since then the workload has only gotten bigger. The first week was full of introductions and just getting to know the park and staff. Now that the honeymoon is over, the work has been stacking up.
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While working here in Big Bend National Park, trying to establish the paleontology sites monitoring program, I haven’t really had a good chance to visit some of the iconic views and places that the park is known for, that is until this week. I finally got a chance to visit a lot of the great places that makes Big Bend special, and I wanted to compile them all together into a comprehensive guide for people…
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This week was very exciting; I not only got to shadow a restoration project happening in the park, but I also led my first program!
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