Thursday, 23 July 2020 19:14

Latino Conservation Week Article

In honor of Latino Conservation Week, I wrote an article detailing my experiences thus far in my internship, what I hope to gain, and how a virtual internship has changed the work I've done in the past month and a half.

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Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:33

West Coast to the East Coast

Hello Everyone! My name is Maryana Carreón. I recently graduated (Class of 2019, Woot woot!) from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and minor in History. I am originally from the small town of Hemet, California. This week I moved from the West (Best?) Coast to the East Coast for my internship at Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites. Here is how it's been going so far.

First off, the car ride from the airport to my apartment was an exciting one! Immediately I noticed the difference in landscape, architecture, and city layouts. There's brick and wood buildings here, yall! I've seen them in my life, of course, but they are not too common in California. Also, basements! Wow!

So far my internship has been extremely flexible in order to fit COVID guidelines. I have been in constant communication with my supervisors who have been extremely flexible and want me to have the best possible experience in this current situation. Because I just moved to Salem, I am currently under quarantine for two weeks. During my time in quarantine, I will be reading/researching the history of the area and the park, as well as attending staff meetings and virtual programs and events. Once my self-quarantine is over, I will be able to go out onto the field and do some socially distanced work! This will involve exploring both Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic sites as well as the nearby El Punto neighborhood in order to gain a better understanding of the community and history of the area.  I aim to connect with park staff, locals, and the surrounding Latinx communities in order to help create stronger relationships and encourage stewardship and engagement!

One of the goals I have for this program is to help facilitate conversation and a stronger relationship between the National Park Service and it’s surrounding communities, as well as to help inspire more Latinx stewardship and park engagement. I'm so excited for what is to come!

After my internship, I also hope to answer the age-old question: Which coast is the best coast?

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Friday, 10 July 2020 16:58

The first in a series of staff interviews!

Though my internship this summer will be unfortunately completely virtual, that hasn't stopped me from getting to know the people I see in daily staff calls better. One of my projects this summer is conducting a series of virtual staff interviews for Salem Maritime's National Park Service website. My goal for the interviews are to both ask questions relating to the NPS' Monthly Messaging as well as pick the brain of staff members on their views on how to be successful in an NPS position. My first interviewee was Maryann Zujewski, my immediate supervisor, and the Education Coordinator at SAMA.

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Friday, 24 April 2020 00:16

Maryana Carreon

I am from Hemet, California. I am a first-generation college graduate and daughter of Mexican immigrants. I recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in History. I became interested in this program because I want to pursue a career with the National Park Service and I thought this program is the perfect way to combine my career interest with my cultural heritage. I want to explore the many ways the NPS preserves history and recreation. I appreciate that the Latino Heritage Program encourages the Latino community to engage and participate in conservation and preservation, as this is important and historical work that many Latinos may feel left out of or not necessarily connected to. With this experience, I hope to engage and connect communities to the National Park Service and discover/explore my own interests in this greater context of conservation and culture.

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Friday, 24 April 2020 00:15

Tahmoor Chadury

I’m a rising senior at The Ohio State University and on track to attain a double major in history and biology. I’m a child of immigrants; my mother is Chilean, my father is from Pakistan, and I was born and raised in New York City. In my free time, I like to hike, listen to jam bands, play basketball, and spend hours looking at maps and flags. This summer, I will be an LHIP intern at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. I will be working on a grassroots outreach program that aims to make our nation’s parks more inclusive and wide-reaching for the Latino population. I hope to gain a ton of real-life experience in the coming months and make many memories as well!

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:16

Ropemaking with Ranger Brian

Since there were no preschool programs to focus on Thursday and Friday, I got to spend some time catching up on blogs, cleaning up the ParkEd materials and exploring Salem Maritime NHS. Marianna, an Education Ranger, and I walked down the Derby Wharf and went aboard the Friendship of Salem where Brian taught us how to make rope by using white cotton string and having a volunteer hold one end of the string and then putting 4 strands of the string on the machine. It’s very simple technology and took roughly 10 minutes. While one volunteer held the end of the string, another volunteer cranked the machine. The double strands twisted together, and the energy was being transferred from the machine onto the fibers and the energy continued to be stored as the rope became tighter and tighter. So much energy builds up causing the 4 strands to twist together into a rope. The job of the ropemaker is to make sure that the tension is being distributed evenly to prevent kinking and other imperfections from occurring. The last step to ropemaking is removing the rope from the machine and conditioning the rope. Ropemaking really draws up a crowd and people get super excited when they get to take the rope they made home.

They have been examining ropemaking in Salem and it has a lot to do with the shipping industry and eventually became an industry unto itself. Ropemaking industries were established early in Salem’s history and rope making facilities were called ropewalks. In 1837, there were over 50 people listed as ropemakers in Salem. By 1851, the number of ropemakers in Salem dropped to 30 and as the years went by, the numbers kept going down. The reason for the drop in number of ropemakers in Salem was because of the decline in the shipping industry in Salem in the 19th century.

After Brian did a ropemaking demonstration on Friendship, he gave his daily tour of the Narbonne House and the Derby House which contrasted significantly because of the status of wealth of the people living in the houses. The Narbonne House was built by a middle-class family and was occupied by middle class families throughout the years and was fairly small while the Derby House was home to one of the wealthiest man in America at that time, Elias Hasket Derby and it had many rooms to it and was quite grand.

Overall it was an informative day and I got to see and learn about what people’s lives were like in the 1800s.

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Friday, 16 August 2019 16:05

Salem Maritime Festival

Sadly, I couldn’t attend the LHIP conference in Washington, but I still had a blast at the 31st Salem Maritime Festival this weekend! There was live music, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and there were two visiting vessels: Kalmar Nyckel and Polaris. On both days I worked at the ParkEd table in the morning and the Pride table in the afternoon.

At the Pride table there were pamphlets for Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites, Stonewall National Monument and queer history which was created by one of the rangers at Salem! We also had a poster with a drawing of a tree and finger paint so visitors can add their fingerprint to our community tree. We started this poster at the North Shore Pride Event and continued it at the festival but by the end it ended up looking more like lanterns than a tree which was also totally rad. One boy walked up to the table and was looking through the pamphlets, so I tried to talk him, but he didn’t answer so I just assumed he was ignoring me. He pointed at the tree and paint and I used the few words in ASL that I remembered when I realized he was using hand signals, and his smile got so big. I’ve started practicing ASL at home because I want to be able to communicate with everyone and it's an important language just as much as English and Spanish. 

On Saturday morning, Marianna, a ParkEd Ranger, and I were laughing because they kept playing Michael Jackson but on Sunday there was an amazing local band that played some covers of Fleetwood Mac. They were also all wearing bell bottom jeans and dressed like they were at Woodstock, so I was completely freaking out. I got to walk around and do some exploring and one of my favorite booths was Parks on the Air which is a group of operators who setup in national and state parks and contact operators using ham radio. Ham radio isn’t a popular hobby, but it should be because you get to talk to people from around the world without using the internet or cellphones which is super rad. I even got to make official radio contact with someone from Tewksbury and write my name in Morse Code. It was a wicked fun weekend!

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Friday, 16 August 2019 15:22

Captain America

The last week of July, we had no preschool programs at Salem or Saugus and instead the Education Rangers, Marianna and Tim and I got to spend the whole week at the Park for Every Classroom workshop. Although education isn’t something, I see myself pursuing as a career, seeing all the resources teachers have for students to learn in a non-traditional classroom setting and experience new places and ideas, rather than being confined to their school where they already spend a large portion of their time was very comforting.

We spent our first day at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the teachers got to visit the Friendship of Salem, The Narbonne House, the Derby Garden, the Custom House and the Public Stores. We also got to go to Gloucester which is where Manchester by the Sea was filmed, and it was such a beautiful place even though it smelled like fish and most people’s accents weren’t as strong as I thought they would be. The Cape Ann Museum had an exhibition, Portraits of a Working Waterfront, which consisted of photographs of individuals and families who work in one of the country’s oldest seaport, Gloucester. Living in a city my whole life, seeing photographs of people who work in the fishing industry in 2019 was interesting.

One thing I noticed at the places we were visiting was that environmental education was very much integrated into their programs. At Maritime Gloucester we learned about an invasive species, green crab which are small crabs that reproduce rapidly and pose a threat to marine ecosystems by killing plants and feeding on mussels and clams. One of the ways to deal with this invasive species is by eating the green crabs! There was also an organization that focuses on sustainability and doing interactive programs with students. When we were in Lawrence, we learned about the Ferrous Site and an activity they do with children is giving them all a cup with a pollutant and the children pour it into a clean container of water as they hear a story about how the river gets contaminated. I thought it was a great idea because the kids need to listen to the story so they can know when to pour their pollutant in the water and they get to see how the water changes with each pollutant.

My favorite day was at Essex because we got to go rowing and our instructor, Ian assumed that we would be able to row easily, but he was extremely wrong. I kept rowing the wrong way, so he ended up making me the navigator, Captain America! It was also super funny when some people on a boat drove past us and asked if we were a summer camp.

Teachers and educators have such an important job and seeing how much effort they are putting into making their students educational experience better was awesome!

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Monday, 22 July 2019 22:52

Dr. Ashley Reis

(Dr. Ashley Reis pictured on the left in blue. Me pictured on the right in a giant hoodie!)

Going to college was something I never, ever imagined. While I was in high school, although I was involved in various extracurricular activities, I hated sitting in my English class and listening to my teacher talk about Shakespeare or being in my Algebra class, trying to understand all the different formulas. So, the day I graduated high school, the days I received acceptance letters from different colleges, the day I moved into my dorm, and the day I arrived late to my first class of the semester were all very surreal days for me.

The class that I was late to was Intro to Environmental Studies. Throughout the semester Dr. Reis talked about John Muir, Rachel Carson, environmental justice, the difference between conservation and preservation, and the tragedy of the commons. I liked sitting in her class and learning about all these different people who were and still are stewards of the environment and I realized that that was what I wanted to be. Halfway through the semester, I changed my major from undecided to Environmental Studies and I felt like pieces of my life started to fall into place.

Dr. Reis was one of the most influential figures for me in realizing that I wanted to work in the Environmental Studies field. She didn’t just teach us about historical figures like Gifford Pinchot and Aldo Leopold, she also introduced us to grassroots movements and activists like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. She spoke about indigenous activism and environmental racism and always acknowledged whose land we were on.

During my second semester I took another class with Dr. Reis called #EquityOutdoors where I learned about all the people putting in the work to make the outdoors an inclusive, equitable space and not just a white, heterosexual community. In her syllabus, she included different Instagram handles of people and groups who represent LGTBQ, POC, women, people with all body sizes, and people with different abilities in the outdoors. I found out about this internship through one of these accounts, @latinooutdoors.

I am extremely grateful that I was able to have Dr. Reis as my professor during my first year of college. Her enthusiasm and support for her students is something you don’t get to experience often. She has changed her teaching style to accommodate students, introduced us to different ideas that we will carry on throughout life, and I know all her students greatly appreciate when she brings her dog, Banjo to class. Her door has always been open to every student whether it was to talk about personal issues, the Game of Thrones finale or Jonathon Van Ness. Whichever students get to sit in her class next will be extremely lucky.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 17:28

Dog Vomit is Cool?

Mile-a-minute vine or persicaria perfoliate is an invasive plant native to Asia that has spread on Grape Island, an island of Boston Harbor Islands. The leaves have a distinctive triangular shape and can be confused with wild morning glory, but mile-a-minute has ocrea surrounding the stem. Mile-a-minute is usually introduced by birds who carry the plant’s fruit and disperse them over the island. This vine impacts the island’s vegetation because it grows rapidly and outcompetes native plants.

I got to spend a day at Grape Island working with Saugus’ biotech, Bill and other NPS folk, as well as the LHIP intern from Minute Man! We spent all day pulling out loads of mile-a-minute and it was surprisingly satisfying. While I was sitting in a thicket of mile-a-minute, I didn’t realize there was poison ivy right next to me, so I also sort of learned how to identify poison ivy. Luckily, I was wearing protective attire and gloves.

Although my internship focuses on education, I have taken some time to look at and learn about the vegetation in Saugus. During a preschool program, I noticed a smoke tee or Cotinus and was so amazed at how fluffy it looked. There is also a nature trail in Saugus and if you walk through it, there are so many different species of plants, trees, animals, insects and fungi. I learned what dog vomit slime mold or fuligo septica was when I saw yellow mold growing on the trail. Although it’s very bright, it’s not toxic! It was a rainy day and the nature trail is right next to a wetland and dog vomit usually grows in moist, shady places so its location made sense. Another fun fact about this yellow mold is that its ecological role in nature is feeding on dead materials to recycle the nutrients for other species to utilize. Who knew dog vomit was so cool?

Identifying and learning about different plants and fungi species has been as wicked exciting as it sounds.

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