Evelyn Maldonado

Evelyn Maldonado

Hello everyone!

This week was a success as I did my first “Grant Tree Walk”! It was about 40 minutes long and I got to share with many visitors how important our role is in protecting Sequoia trees for future generations. I do have to say, at the beginning of my internship I was really nervous to talk to the visitors, but I have been blessed with an amazing staff as they have been very supportive since the day I arrived. So, because of this, I want to dedicate this blog to one of the most influential people I have had the privilege of meeting here, Park Ranger Meredith P.

Where to begin! In just one month, I have learned so much about Kings Canyon NP and Sequoia trees thanks to Meredith. I have shadowed her interpretive talks and walks, and I must say, they are awesome! Her programs really inspire me, and I admire her passion and commitment to do interpretive programs and being able to share them with others. Which is why I have asked her to come to my programs because I value her input and want to do better!

So, to my most influential person, I want to say thank you! Thank you for answering all of my questions so far, for letting me shadow your programs, for sharing your knowledge with me and continuing to do so, for helping me with grocery shopping and most importantly for letting me play with your cute little puppy Moose!

Por eso y lo que vendrá te agradezco Meredith y ¡hasta la próxima con todos/as!

Oh, I also want to say, Sorry Meredith! because it has only been one month and there is still plenty of time for me to bother you with more questions and concerns

Friday, 14 June 2019 18:10

Learning About Giant Sequoia Trees

Hello Everyone! It has been quiet an adventure ever since I arrived to Kings Canyon National Park. From rainy, cold nights to sunny, warm days. My first week consisted of exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. I was very excited to see for the very first time the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman tree! And I want you all to see it is as well so I have shared a picture of this Giant Sequoia tree. After days of exploring and driving around the parks, it was time for me to sit down and do some research as my first interpretive program (Big Tree Talk) was soon approaching. For my program, I had decided to focus on how Sequoia trees are being affected by climate change. I was sad to learn that during and just after the recent severe drought here in California, a small number of Sequoia trees have died in part due to the dry conditions, and some Sequoias are showing signs of stress as they are losing their needles. The drought also caused the death of millions of other trees! Therefore, with my program, I wanted to shine a little light on how important our actions are to help protect Sequoia trees and forests in general from warming temperatures! So, after three days of researching and practicing my program, I was ready! I was excited I had the opportunity to share with the visitors the stories I have learned from Sequoias. So far, the experience I have had talking to the visitors has been great! And my journey here continues, as I am now preparing to do my second interpretive program, the Grant Tree Walk! Stay tuned!

Thursday, 23 May 2019 23:26

From MD to CA: ¡California, Aquí Voy!

Hey everyone!

I might be a little late on the blogging posts but más vale tarde que nunca! So, here it goes. My name is Evelyn Maldonado and I am currently studying Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland. I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, but after I turned four, my parents decided to move to the beautiful country of Ecuador, their birthplace! Growing up in Ecuador was an amazing experience for me because it helped me find my passion in life. So, after graduating high school, I decided to pack my bags and come back to Maryland to pursue my dream and become an advocate for the environment! I have enjoyed every step of the road, and life is about to get even more adventurous as once again I will be packing my bags. Except this time I will be heading to Kings Canyon National Park where I will be an interpretation intern for Grant Grove! This program will be a great opportunity for me to share my passion for the environment and learn new ways to teach others the importance of protecting our national parks. I am excited for what lies ahead of me at Kings Canyon this summer!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:05

Evelyn Maldonado

My name is Evelyn Maldonado and I am studying Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland. I grew up in Ecuador and after graduating from high school I decided to come back to the U.S. to pursue my bachelors degree. I love nature and the outdoors and cannot wait to spend my summer at Kings Canyon National Park sharing my passion for the environment with others.