The Final Bow?

Friday, August 10 2018 Written by

Hello!

This is my last blog, and before I talk about my week I just want to say this has been an amazing adventure! I can’t thank enough all the wonderful people who helped me get here. Ten out of ten; I would definitely recommend.

For our last week of camp, we had District 2 from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Stratton Meadows and Centennial Elementary Schools, come up to the Fossil Beds. They have been our largest camp so far, averaging up to 25 kids a day! We first tried doing one big group and we noticed it was difficult to get all of their attention while construction noises were overpowering us, so we decided to do two smaller groups. The two smaller groups turned out being the most effective. These students have had a mix of experiences and knowledge levels, which has been nice because it challenged our quick thinking. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay for the whole week, but I left the other intern in good hands with another intern who was a teacher for 27 years with our age groups. Every week it was hard to say good bye, but this one was the hardest since I didn’t get to spend the whole week with them and because it would have been my last group of campers for the summer.

My camp time was truncated because of a workshop for other LHIP and Environment for the Americas (EFTA). I was one of the lucky ones chosen to present about my experience during this internship, and I hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did. Overall, it was a great experience to be a part of. From attending the resume workshops, guest speakers, mock interviews, and listening to other interns and what work they did was truly an amazing experience.

I would say my final good bye to the Fossil Beds, but I am coming back! I have been offered a longer internship back at the Fossil Beds for the fall and spring as a Geo-Scientist in the Park (GIP) intern, continuing as an education/interpretation intern. Coming early November I will be doing outreach, going to different schools to do mini lessons, leading interpretative talks around the Fossil Beds, and much more! I am excited to continue my time at the Fossil Beds, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the wonderful people at EFTA choosing me as a great fit for LHIP at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Thank you for taking time to read my blogs!

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