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This summer I am the Multimedia Outreach Intern at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. I’m working in the Department of Interpretation under the Visual Information Specialist for the park Justine Hanrahan. What all these terms mean is that I am working with the department responsible for telling the history and narrative of the park.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

So Much to Learn, so Little Time.

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Ten weeks is not enough to learn all the history of the Grand Canyon. I love this place and am trying not to think about my last day of work here. I have learned so much about the Grand Canyon this past week. This week the kids have to go to all the ranger programs to get some inspiration on what they want their programs to be. I went along with them and have learned…
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Halfway Mark!

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It’s been five weeks here and, man, have I learned so much! First, not every group of kids is the same. We’ve been teaching the same material to different students weekly, and what works one week may not work the next week, which forces us to find different ways to explain the curriculum.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Brothers and Sisters in Conservation

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Big Bend National Park sits right at the border of the United States and Mexico, and along the border sits two of Big Bend’s Sister Parks for Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), Maderas del Carmen and Santa Elena Cañón Flora and Fauna Reserves. Since these three parks share the same ecosystems, habitats, and the same issues at times too, it’s only sensible that our two nations work together to try and come up…
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Shenandoah is the largest park near Washington DC, meaning we get a lot of visitors and travelers coming through. On the weekends and holidays it gets extremely busy at our visitor center, and many of the trails are full of hikers and backcountry campers. Since the 4th of July is this week, many people are taking vacations in or around the park. The visitor center has become crazy, and a desk shift means a nonstop…
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Hidden Gems in the Black Hills

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Hello all, I’m feeling rejuvenated after a weekend in the remote forest of the Black Hills. I was among a squad of “nature nerds” (National Park Service interns like myself) that camped in Custer, South Dakota, for two nights while exploring nearby Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Mount Rushmore, and Custer State Park.
Monday, July 02, 2018

Homestead Days

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Hello again! I hope everyone is having as much of a great time at their parks as I am at Homestead. This past weekend saw Homestead’s biggest event of the summer, Homestead Days. From Friday to Sunday, the park hosted a series of events aimed at bringing the experience of homesteading to the 21st century.
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As I mentioned before, I ended up working with the plant propagation crew for the week and I loved it! For one of the days, the supervisor told us that we were about to go on an adventure to water some newly planted shrubs located at one of the nearby lakes.
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Now that I’m on a more normal schedule and have most of my programs written out, I’ve had more free time to be able to explore the park. I’ve been trying to hike the most popular hikes first so that I can give visitors accurate information when they ask me to recommend hikes.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Preparing for the Big Apple!

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This week here at the Olmsted Center, the Statue of Liberty team–Eliot Foulds (my supervisor), Lance Guerrero (fellow intern) and myself–are finalizing our trip to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty site! I am extremely excited to visit New York, as I have never been there before.
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This week we had the Boys and Girls Club of America from Colorado Springs, Colorado, come and experience the Geology and Paleontology Camp. We had nine 4th and 5th graders come, ready to learn. These future scientists were all very passionate and super knowledgeable in the geosciences. Our time with them was short, as we were cut by an hour, but thanks to their smart brains the only impact that had on the camp was…
Saturday, June 30, 2018

My First Ranger Program

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“Rancheros.” Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican, Vol 2. 1852 Hello Everyone, So I have some news to share that I’m pretty happy about. My supervisor here has been super open to me doing basically whatever I want and has been helping out. So I’m going to get to do my own ranger program, which is very exciting.
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I’ve been offered traditional knowledge from people who’ve been in long relationships with their natural surroundings. They’ve taught me to listen to the subtleties of these surroundings and all that is happening around me, while always acknowledging that everything is alive.
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 It has been getting busy in Yosemite Valley these past couple of days. It is only going to get busier the next couple of weeks because of all the bountiful food resources that are starting to emerge. There are some apple trees in Yosemite Valley that were part of an old historical orchard that produce apples every year around the same time as berries start to ripen. This attracts several different kinds of wildlife into…
Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Lies Beyond the Office

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Hello all, Opportunities continue to come my way as I connect with more people here in the Denver area. I attended a Heritage Partnerships Program workshop with my supervisor, Vanessa, on the Chautauqua campus in Boulder this past week. As soon as we stepped out of the vehicle I was at ease in the glowing sunshine of the buzzing campus. The Chautauqua property was developed with the purpose of providing a place to host educational…
Friday, June 29, 2018

Living and Working on a Battlefield

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I have had the unique experience of living alone since the beginning of my internship. I am supposed to have roommates, but who knows when they are moving in. For now, I am just enjoying living by myself in a two-story home on a gorgeous property. I live within the boundaries of the park, so one of my favorite things to do is to walk out the front door and hit the trails.
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