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Between last week and this week finishing up, we have been put to the test and made sure we were on our A-game. All the information about my program of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail was put to use in three events we attended, from the most important event that our organization attends to a hike out on the same trail that the Anza Expedition traveled through. These events definitely put us…
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Experience I Didn't Know I Needed

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Hi Everyone, It’s been a whole month since I got to Grants, New Mexico and my goodness has it been quite the experience so far! Being from such a big city, I didn’t know what to expect while living in Grants. I’ve noticed a lot of changes since I started living here. One of the biggest ones is how relaxed and at peace I feel here. Everything is so calm and when I go out…
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One thing I’ve learned about Nebraska in the month that I’ve been here is that Nebraskans really like the Fourth of July. As an intern at Homestead, I’ve been granted the opportunity to observe this up close. The festivities are not limited to the Fourth, but rather begin in advance of Independence Day.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Unexpected Park Tour

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This week I arrived to the visitors center expecting to do some work on the computer all day but I actually ended up taking a tour of some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Plants, Plants, and more Plants!

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I honestly would have never guessed how much I would be learning about plants in this internship. I was never really a plant guy, but this has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I know, I know, it seemed obvious, but I never had the push to go out of my way to learn about them until now.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Pasados del Presidio

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This past weekend, the Anza Trail participated in the Pasados del Presidio event at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was two-day commemoration of the Presidio’s founding as a Spanish Army post, and honored the heritage of early Californian cultures—Native American, Spanish and Mexican—and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco in 1776.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Mid-Point

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Hello Everyone, One more week until Latino Conservation Week, and also being halfway through my internship. I’m very excited to do my ranger program that I talked about last time, on the history of the Point Reyes Rancheros. I’ve been advertising it a lot lately, and hope a good number of people will show up.
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.
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