Displaying items by tag: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle)
Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:21

Tanya Helbig

My name is Tanya Helbig, and I was born in Kiel, Germany, but raised in San Antonio Texas. I am a second-generation college student working towards an undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University in Environmental Science and minoring in Business Administration. I have worked on projects during my undergrad that involved sustainability, conservation, and environmental management. My goal in life is to promote sustainability in all communities, and inspiring others to become more environmentally active. I aspire to work with either non-profit organizations or government agencies relating to environmental management. I am proud of my Mexican/German culture because it has made me the diverse and open-minded person I am today. In my free time, I enjoy getting out of the city and going to parks to enjoy nature. National parks have always had a special place in my heart and have been the reason I cherish the preservation of natural environments.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:07

A bittersweet goodbye to my new family.

Sadly the time has come to say goodbye to the amazing people that I have had the privilege to spend time and work with. It has been an amazing experience to get exposed to the internal aspect of the National Park Service, especially having the chance to understand Klondike in all its glory. Our park may seem like just a building that is overshadowed by massive skyscrapers, but our team's passion to be involved with the community soars higher up than any skyscraper. We offer a plethora of programs and activities for our visitors to enjoy, and we also have a welcoming atmosphere fit for all ages! I have been able to grow as a person here at Klondike, and was given the opportunity to express my passions involving conservation efforts in an urban setting. I hope the park continues to keep up the great work they do for the surrounding communities! The activities and programs I created will be left here for the park to use in the future and the final video will be posted on all social media platforms for visitors to access. I am honored to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet such great people and be a part of the National Park Service. I came not knowing anyone or anything, and I am leaving with a new family in Seattle and knowing who I am as a person/what i want to pursue in the future!

Thank you Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Environment for the Americas, Hispanic Access, and Latino Heritage Internship Program for this wonderful blessing!


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Saturday, 27 July 2019 06:39

My Last Project!

Wow, time flies by when you're having fun! Sadly, my time here at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical park is coming to end, but I won't stop working on projects until my last hour here. As part of my final project, I thought it would be great if I could create an informational video that the park can use. It is a 5-minute video that will be posted on the park's website for visitors to see in the future. The purpose of the video is to help visitors lower their carbon footprint when visiting an urban national park. When people visit an urban park, they seem to forget that what happens in our vicinity can still affect or contribute to the pollution of our natural landscapes. In our case, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is located in Downtown Seattle, the park is a couple blocks away from the Puget Sound and Occidental Park. The video’s goal is to raise awareness about the current issues our park faces due to its location. The video is still in the works but I'll assure you there are a lot of bloopers and memories that will last a life time. My team has been so great with support and let me tell you...everyone is a natural on camera! Can't wait to show the video!

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:32

Something Special!

This internship has brought so many opportunities, and has given me experiences that can last a lifetime! Recently, our park just celebrated the 122 year anniversary of the arrival of the infamous S.S. Portland that contained 1 ton of GOLD! This event sparked the Klondike Gold Rush and forever changed Seattle to the city we now know today. In just a couple of years, the cities population boomed and businesses expanded, leading to stores we still have today such as Nordstrom and Bartels. Because of this amazing event, King5 news station came to interview our park to learn more, luckily for me it was also Latino Conservation Week (LWC)! I was able to talk about LHIP, LWC, and how that all relates back to the Klondike Gold rush. 122 years ago, Seattle was a rising city, where community and connections were vital to the success of the city. Community and connections are still essential today in our day and age. Throughout my time here, I have strived to create as many partnerships with the local Latino community. When my internship ends, I will leave knowing that I added something to the history of Seattle. Maybe 122 years in the future, what I did will be continued and recognized.

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Monday, 08 July 2019 16:16

The things I have learned!

As part of our team bonding, we were able to camp at Mt. Rainier and got to know each other better in an outdoor enviroment! Mind you this was also my first time camping as well, I had never slept in a tent or even made a fire before this trip. Immediately I started to learn new things as we arrived to our campsite, I built my first tent but not with out some help from my amazing coworkers. Once our campsite was ready we decided to go on a hike, we were able to try out new ice breakers, meditation, and new activities that we could use back in the office with our In My Backyard program. It was an amazing hike with the team and I learned new things about my coworkers, which led to a stronger connection within the group. I also learned how to start a fire which was super fun because it is a great survival skill. I'll never forget out Mt. Rainier trip, it was definitely a life changing experience!

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 23:22

Bainbridge Adventure!

Bainbridge Island was one of the first places in the United States that moved Japanese families to Japanese internment camps after the Pearl Harbor bombings. We visited the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, where the stories of the Japanese families are told and remembered, so that it can never happen again to other cultures. It was an amazing experience to see how the memorial depicts their experiences and how the Bainbridge community stayed strong during hard times. Fun Fact: The elders in Bainbridge actually donated origami cranes to the children in detention centers near the U.S./ Mexican border.


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I had the privilege of meeting Maria during the first 2 weeks at Klondike, and I was lucky enough to interview her before she left. Below is the bio report I wrote for Maria that was posted on the park's Facebook:

"Please join us in saying thank you to Maria Pinto, our park's AARP volunteer for a wonderful year of memories that will not be forgotten. Maria’s favorite memory is when she was able to speak her native language to park visitors. It amazes her, how much she has learned and loves to spread that knowledge to Spanish speaking visitors. What she likes most about working at Klondike is the ability to learn about all the parks in the nation and across the globe from visitors and our fellow park rangers. They have inspired her to travel to those parks and see them for herself in all their beauty. When Maria first started working at the park she had no idea what to expect because she was only well versed in the world of fashion. But the team here at Klondike made the career transition smooth and easy. Maria has gifted us with her amazing portraits that she has hand drawn during her time here. For her drawing is not only therapeutic but a way of making friends. Maria wants to continue to learn more about Seattle and other places, but she also hopes to go back to Bolivia her hometown. In Bolivia, Maria wants to share the knowledge she has attained to the children in schools. When asked, "when you think of Klondike in the future what will come to mind?" Maria responded, "Gold, and I’ll think of the people I met along the way who gave me hope about taking care of the planet."

By Park Ranger Intern Tanya, Environment for the Americas' Latino Heritage Internship Program 


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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:13

Something new I have learned!

While being here at Klondike I have learned the essential role everyone plays within the department from the volunteers to the park rangers. Everyone contributes to the system, which allows everything run smoothly. Working at the visitor center, the volunteers have a plethora of information to offer to our guest that come in wanting to learn more about Seattle's role in the Klondike Gold Rush. I find it amazing that the people around me have so much knowledge to offer, and that I have to transform into a sponge to retain it. Did you know that 1 in 10 of the stampeders traveling to Dawson city where they would eventually mine for gold were women! Yes, women also joined the gold rush fever and traveled the dangerous journey up to Alaska to "Strike It Rich!"

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