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Monday, July 09, 2018

El Punto

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Hello everyone. The first two weeks of my internship have just flown by. It’s been so fun getting to know all the rangers, the two national historic parks where I work, and the history of the area.
Monday, July 09, 2018

My first culture shock in El Malpais

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Hey Everyone, Well this is my first time posting a blog and it’s been three weeks since I’ve arrived in Grants, New Mexico. For those who don’t know, I’m a city girl. Born and raised in Los Angeles, I haven’t traveled anywhere until now. When I say it was a real culture shock for me is an understatement. Coming from a big city to a small town was a big surprise. I arrived to the…
Monday, July 09, 2018

A Spider Web of Collaboration

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Hello all, Consider for a moment if you’ve ever attended an outreach event of any kind, perhaps a camp, workshop, convention or a festival? Now estimate the number of people if took to put the event together. You’ll probably want to multiply that number by 10 to get an accurate estimate.
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When someone mentions the National Park Service, the first ones that come to mind are Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone. They are parks where visitors are immediately immersed in the wonders of nature. On the other hand, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is six minutes from downtown San Antonio and each of the four missions is situated in a neighborhood. Yet, Missions NHP still has plenty of nature to offer and is dedicated…
Friday, July 06, 2018

Musica del pasado

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Every culture has music in the soul. I know as Latinx, music is very important to our lives. We basically own the music industry! With that, I want to touch on the music of the traveling town of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition.
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The sun had just settled below the tops of the mountains, behind Red Rocks, as I drove down into the valley where the glittering lights of the Las Vegas strip have nestled. The sky was turning through shades of pink, orange, and purple that in a color symphony that I could have never imagined.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

The River of Grass

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Greetings from Miami, Florida. So far, my internship has been an incredible learning experience. We have been so incredibly lucky to visit every possible corner of Everglades National and its surrounding protected lands. This includes Big Cypress National Preserve and Dry Tortugas National Park.
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Hola Todos! My name is Victoria Pedrosa and I have finally made it to my site, Kings Canyon National Park!! I am a born and bred Southern Californian, warm beaches to my left and majestic mountainous ranges to my northern right. I have been privileged enough to call the Sierra Nevada as part of my home for so long and am absolutely thrilled that I have received this opportunity to give back to the place…
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Getting the Party Started

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Hello again, everyone, it’s Jonatan Sanabria. Today I’ll be sharing what my project is and why I am interning in New Orleans, Louisiana. To start off, I am working at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (JAZZ) as part of the LHIP group. The whole point of me being chosen to be here is to help the park get started on Latino Heritage Week.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Late to the Party

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Hi! I’m Marissa, an intern based in the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal in Washington D.C. and am posting a biiiiiit later than I anticipated. I also recently got my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Saguaro Fruit Para el Calor

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These past two weeks have been busy but nonetheless extremely informative and fun as I have been commuting back and forth from Coolidge to Tucson, Arizona for CPR and Wilderness First Aid training. I am starting to feel less of an outsider everyday despite my stereotypical Californian urge to wear shorts and sandals everywhere in this 100+ degree weather. I also have found myself feeling more comfortable living in a town far different than what…
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Celebrating 25 Years of TICRAT

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This past week I traveled with the Casa Grande team to New Mexico for a three-day bilingual workshop, Taller Internacional de Conservación y Restauración de Tierra (TICRAT), which took place in Santa Fe and Pecos National Historic Park. This collaboration was comprised of members from several institutions such as the National Park Service, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, and many other organizations all of which shared…
Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Witch City

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Hi. Hello. Greetings from Salem. Wow. I can’t believe that I am really here in Salem, Massachusetts doing an internship with the National Park Service. I almost did not make it to Salem. A few days before I got my internship offer in the beginning of May I broke my left elbow.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Sun’s Out, Canoes Out!

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I have been looking forward to the canoe program all summer. And, now, it is finally here! The canoe tour program includes paddling through Watch Hill’s salt marsh, and learning about the importance of this vital ecosystem. Next, we canoe out to Long Cove. Long Cove use to be a community at Fire Island before the government turned it into federally designated Wilderness.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

A Great Time in Paradise

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This week has flown by pretty fast because every person that I have met has a pretty unique story that they carry with them. I have met people from France and from Australia and from all over the US, but unfortunately I don’t have any photos to share of these new encounters. Everything has run very smoothly so far. I have met more people that work in the park, and while most of the workers…
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Hola a todos, My name is Sarah Maclovia Rizvi, I am a half-Mexican, half-Pakistani looking to dive headfirst into public service to help the multicultural communities in this country. Some fun facts about me are that I write poetry & standup comedy jokes for fun and recently graduated from Seton Hall University as a triple major in International Relations, Philosophy, and Modern Languages (Spanish & French concentration). This summer I hope to put some of…
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