Alejandro Ramos

Alejandro Ramos

 

“I promise to protect Rocky Mountain National Park and all my neighborhood parks!” These are my favorite words out of the Jr. Ranger pledge here at Rocky Mountain National Park. Every time a child fills out his or her Jr. Ranger Book, they come in the Ranger Station to earn their badge. My job as an Interpretive Ranger has been to review the Booklets with children and award them their badge. It has been an amazing experience for me to have children pledge an oath to protect the environment, and become responsible stewards of conservation

Before this season I had my sights set on a career in law enforcement or policy with the National Park Service. Now, a month into my internship, I have realized that I really enjoy working with kids. I am considering getting my teaching credentials to work with children in the future. I think it is important that we plant as many seeds as we can in the minds of today’s Junior Rangers. Sometimes all it takes is a simple sticker or stamp to inspire a kid to want to come back to the park.

While working a shift at the Ranger Station, it is not uncommon to have visits every 10 minutes from children who have finished their Jr. Ranger books. Sometimes they are very nervous and won’t speak to the Ranger behind the counter; I totally understand because that was me growing up, I was very shy. I have learned to adjust to the different levels of enthusiasm in the children that come in. Some kids are happy to talk to a Ranger, while others may be more shy and need an extra sticker as incentive.

I feel really lucky to be that Ranger behind the counter passing on the message of conservation to the children who visit the park. These Children are the future generations who will ultimately become the next law enforcement, research, and interpretation personnel of the National Park Service.

Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:27

Fish are Friends not Food

This season I will be taking on an interpretation project focused on fish species and fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Within the park you can find Brown, Rainbow, Brook, Lake, and various types of Cutthroat Trout. There has been a lot of confusion in the past due to the diversity of Cutthroat trout found in this part of Colorado. An overwhelming variation of genetics was discovered in 2012 through genetic testing which led to more questions about native drainages and why some fish ended up far away from their native streams. It is believed that previous fish stocking and hybridization have rearranged the populations of fish in many waters. The Greenback Cutthroat trout is one of the species that was of concern because it is currently threatened and it is also the Colorado State Fish.

With such endless fishing opportunities in the park and extensive restrictions on waters, visitors often have questions that may be difficult to answer. I will be gathering information from researchers in order to develop an informational interpretive program that will inform visitors and anglers about the regulations in the park. I aim to facilitate the experience of visitors who are interested in fishing but may lack the knowledge of regulations to successfully enjoy our public waters.

Growing up fishing in my home state of California, I have a deep passion and appreciation for fishing. My parents got me hooked on fishing when I was about 5 years old and I have been going to the water ever since. In my project I will incorporate kid’s activities and the Junior ranger fishing badge to promote conservation and hopefully spark an interest in kids about fishing. I will also provide hands-on instructions on how to safely land and release a fish. I feel very lucky to have been introduced to this awesome way of connecting with our environment, and I wish to share my love for nature with future generations!

Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:28

Settling into the Llama House

This summer I will have the privilege to call Rocky Mountain National Park my home. Rocky Mountain National Park or Romo for short, is made up of 415 square miles of protected federal public land that supports a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Surrounding the east side of the park, is the town of Estes Park. I am excited to begin this season and learn new things. The scenery in this part of Colorado is amazing! On my first day at Romo I saw moose, elk, and mule deer. Everything around me is green and some mountains are still covered with snow. The diversity of plants in Romo is overwhelming, there are more than 100 plant species that I will try to Identify this summer.

I have hiked  the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California before, but the Rocky Mountains are giants! I will be living at 8,000 feet of elevation, which is a drastic difference from my hometown of Manteca located at 36 feet above sea level. Going out on my interpretive hikes will definitely be a workout. I should have super strong lungs by the end of the season. Despite being 90 minutes away from Denver, I was lucky to find that Estes Park has a Safeway and various stores are within reasonable distance of each other. I can totally understand why 4.6 million people visited the park this past summer of 2018. There are beautiful mountains, a grocery store, and hotels all within 15 minutes of each other.

I will be staying at a newly built facility we nicknamed the Llama house, because our next door neighbors are 3 Llamas. I have 6 awesome roommates and I can’t wait for the season to officially begin!

Friday, 29 June 2018 15:09

When Can I Start!

Hi everyone, my name is Alejandro Ramos and I am an intern this summer at the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Coming from the small town of Manteca, California, exploring the Rockies has always been a dream.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 19:52

Alejandro Ramos

My name is Alejandro Ramos, and I will be an intern this summer at the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park! The San Francisco Bay area is my birthplace, and Manteca is my hometown. Located in California’s Central Valley, Manteca is a place rich in opportunities to enjoy nature. Being the oldest of four, I was lucky enough to have amazing parents who nurtured and inspired my love for nature. Both of my parents are from Mexico; my dad is originally from Juchitlan, Jalisco, and my mom from San Juan, Zacatecas. Growing up, my parents would frequently take us on camping and fishing trips. Now I frequently go on camping trips all around California, and have developed a deep appreciation for wildlife. I am currently attending Modesto Junior College, with a predicted transfer date to UC Davis in May of 2020 for B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation.