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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I Spy...

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My first week has kept me busy! On my first day I went over to Watch Hill. It was nice to finally explore the site after hearing so much about it last season. I feel like there is a lot to do and learn at this site. The one thing I need to l learn more about is the procedure for campsites and back country camping. The visitor center operations are like the other sites…
Monday, June 18, 2018

Introduce Yourself Post 1

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Hey guys! My name is Christopher Cruz, and I am a recent graduate with a bachelors in Environmental Biology. I went to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which is an all environmental school located in Syracuse, NY. It was the greatest experience of my life, and got me to become more focused on what I want to do in this field.
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My name is Reena Ramos and I’m excited to be working as a park intern for the summer! This last week has been a whirlwind; I arrived back from a class abroad and immediately drove from my small town in Indiana to Shenandoah National Park. The park is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, and spans over 197,000 acres. Along with Mammoth Cave and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, Shenandoah was established as…
Monday, June 18, 2018

From Big City to Small Town

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Hola a todos! After some technical issues, I was finally able to access my account and am now able to introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Garcia, but you can call me Liz. This summer I will be interning at the Homestead National Monument of America, located in the small town of Beatrice (bee-AT-riss), Nebraska, just south of Lincoln.
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Big Bend is special because of the amount of natural history recorded in the park. The geologic formations tell us about the past environments of the park, the bones and fossilized wood tell us the different types of life that lived here, and the current resources tell us where the park will go in the future. In all this wonder, it is easy for someone to want to take a piece of this history home…
Friday, June 15, 2018

My New Life Adventure: Daniela Alviz

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Hi! My name is Daniela Alviz and I will be interning at the Everglades National Park and will be working for the Hidden Lake District of Everglades National Park’s Education Program. I first found this internship through my best friend, an Education student at Flagler College. She suggested that I apply for the internship seeing as it would be an incredible opportunity. I have never seen myself working with kids or in anything education-related, but…
Friday, June 15, 2018

Week 1...CHECK!

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Training…Training…Training. Oh, and did I mention training? This first week has been a blur…between learning the curriculum and the National Park Service (NPS) rules, this week has flown by! What pushed me through was knowing I was one step closer to working with the kids for the summer.
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After an eight hour drive from Ventura County, California to Coolidge, Arizona, I was instantly greeted by the 103 degree weather and the beautiful Sonoran Desert that extends into the distance for miles. After several email exchanges, I was honored to meet the park’s Archaeologist Technician, and the rest of the friendly staff at Casa Grande National Monument who I will be closely working with for the summer. This week, I was given multiple tours…
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While I am very new at Little River Canyon National Preserve, I have learned so much in the last three days. I feel honored to share this knowledge with any and all of the visitors that come to the park, and with all of you! To begin, lets start with the waterfall in the picture; this waterfall is known as Little River Falls, and while not the biggest in the park it is one of…
Friday, June 15, 2018

GO Day!

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Hello all, This past Saturday, June 9th, I helped with an event at Sloan’s Lake here in Denver. GO Day (Get Outdoors Day) is an annual event put on by a variety of environmental agencies to promote outdoor recreation, and a curiosity/fondness for nature, to kids and families. A ring of booths consisting of local sponsors, outdoor clubs, park staff, and nonprofits was set up, and they provided information and opportunities to do outdoor activities.
Friday, June 15, 2018

An Introduction

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My name is Emelyn Najera, and this summer LHIP has given me the opportunity to work alongside the wonderful team of architects and historians of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) in Washington D.C. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Historic Preservation and City Planning,
Friday, June 15, 2018

Returning to My Roots

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Hello everyone! I’m Alejandra and this summer I am the Multimedia Outreach Intern at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. How did I get here? Well, let me tell you. As a product of the Texas public school system, I have had my fair share of Texas history courses. Texans learn about the unique history of this state in fourth and seventh grades.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Carpe Diem

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My name is Ximena Cuervo, and I’m an interpretive and outreach education intern for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was raised in Miami, Florida. Although I only lived in Colombia for five years before immigrating to the United States, my culture and relationship to my heritage has been kept alive by Miami’s large Colombian population and diverse Latino community (plus the random summer visits to…
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer at the Seashore

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Hey Everyone, I’m Roxana Saravia and I’m back for a second season as an intern with the Latino Heritage Internship Program! I will be returning to Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) for some more fun (and hard work) in the sun. If you are tuning in for the first time, you can read more about my last season at Fire Island on this blog. When we last left off, I mentioned that my internship had…
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Selfies with Saguaros

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Summer is almost a week away and saguaro blooming season is in full swing at Saguaro National Park. The saguaro blossom is Arizona’s State Flower, and every morning in the field I’m reminded why. These sacred blossoms bloom for less than 24 hours, opening at night and remaining open only through the next day. During this time, their pollinator birds, bats and insects are attracted to these creamy-white blooms with yellow-fragrant centers that look like…
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My first day of orientation/training was a little chaotic, with tons of information, some technical issues, and my lack of attention span looking at the amazing landscape that surrounded me, which happened more than I am willing to admit. I met one of the permanent biologists in the bear crew, Ryan L., who gave a very informative presentation on bear management in Yosemite.
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