Blog
Blog

Blog (183)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Working Solo Bolo

Written by
I was finally given the chance to attend events on my own without my supervisor. To many it would not be a big deal, but to me it was. I was given the chance to do solo outreach programs at very big and fancy establishments. The first event that we attended was about eight blocks from our job building, so we decided to walk the streets of The Tenderloin San Francisco and explore. On arrival…
Written by
I have been learning so much these past couple of weeks in Yosemite, gaining valuable experience in the field and knowledge from my coworkers. On my days off, however, I have been astonished by the breathtaking views Yosemite Valley day hikes offer. I started my exploration this summer, exploring my backyard trails that are nearby, which have led me to some amazing places.
Friday, June 22, 2018

The West Coast is so Diverse!

Written by
Hey guys, Living in the North Cascades has really gotten me out of my comfort zone in terms of being so isolated, but it has also gotten me to go out, explore and learn about all the life that is out there. SO, of course I would take an ID book about plants, and I was amazed by how big the book was and how huge the diversity is here in the west coast. There…
Friday, June 22, 2018

El trail de Anza

Written by
My site has many sites! The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (JUBA) extends from Sonora, Mexico, to the San Francisco Bay. It covers over 1,200 miles throughout the West Coast. Be sure to look out for the JUBA National Park Service trail logo the next time you’re driving or hiking up and down the coast!!
Written by
As the weeks progress, I am gaining more confidence working the front desk and assisting visitors. I now know how to run the cash register, direct visitors toward campgrounds/lodges, and answer simple questions about the park and hikes. Normally people want to know what easy hikes we recommend, and by the end of the day I feel like a robot repeating information over and over again. For the most part I am only able to…
Friday, June 22, 2018

Paloma Pitayera

Written by
It’s been a month to the day that I finally learned the name of the birds that I’ve spent my lifetime of summers with. Before then, I never knew what to call these grayish-brown and round, ruler-long morning risers. But I did know that every year, a few months before summer rains, they would return with their songs. The songs that have been the score to my summers for seasons.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Views from the Office

Written by
Hello all, I’m impressed with the pictures everyone is uploading! I don’t have any especially scenic ones to share yet, but I have some nice posters in my work area Don’t worry, I went to a concert at Red Rocks a few weeks ago so have a look here. Legendary venue.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

1st Week on the Job

Written by
Hello Everyone, So I’m going to do the second post now, just trying to keep up on my duties for the job, and I do have some fun stuff to report. I finally got to start Tuesday here at Point Reyes. I showed up and was basically thrown right into work, which was nice and not nice at the same time. It was strange to see how many people were coming into the visitor center,…
Written by
Second week in the books, and many more adventures to record. This year we celebrate 50 years of the National Historic Trail System. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail was one of the last to be recognized as a National Trail. So this year we are commemorating the trails by making programs and educational presentations to the audiences and informing them of the history of our wonderful trails. Many of our national parks…
Written by
It’s Chris again, and since I’ve been late with everything, I’ll be posting back-to-back blogs, hehe. When it comes to my site…I just have to say it is BEAUTIFUL! The immense height that these trees reach are jaw-dropping, and I’m sure there are taller trees out there in the world, but coming from New York City, that is not something I get to see every day.
Written by
Though I’ve lived in community housing before, it’s always a bit nerve-wracking walking into a new home and greeting people you haven’t met but will be living with for the whole summer. I was placed in a section of park housing less than a mile from the Visitor Center. According to the rest of the staff, I got the “best” house, a wooden two story with plenty of windows and beautiful views of our forested…
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wall Climbing Snake and Blind Owl

Written by
This week is my first full week that I have been at the park helping out,and it has been a pretty eventful week! At first It was a pretty slow week, because Monday and Tuesday I was at the front desk just helping visitors with directions, giving brief tours of the building, and enjoying the air conditioning while also sharing fun and embarrassing moments with the volunteers and employees of the park. And while Wednesday…
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

North Cascade Butterfly Project

Written by
Hey guys, so let me dive right in about my project since I totally forgot my laptop charger and am currently running on 10% power. I will be part of this long-term monitoring program where I will be monitoring butterfly abundances and plant phenology in subalpine meadows of the Cascades Mountains.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Acadia National Park: Trail Inventory

Written by
This week at the Olmsted Center we had the opportunity to go to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, and assist with updating the parks trails. The last time the trails in Acadia National Park had been updated was roughly five years ago.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time For Some Fun Under the Sun

Written by
Hello I finally got to work with a group of kids! I usually tag-team with another intern, but there is a bug going around the Fossil Beds (and it’s not the palaeovespa!). This week I had the opportunity to work with 17 upper elementary school students from the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area and they were a blast! I have never worked with such a bright group of kids. They were all very passionate about the…
Written by
Here in Shenandoah, all the interns are treated the same as the full-time rangers. This means we have access to the same resources and have the same duties and authority! Interns are even required to develop and lead three different park programs; nerve-racking, but also exciting!
Page 9 of 12