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Now that I’m on a more normal schedule and have most of my programs written out, I’ve had more free time to be able to explore the park. I’ve been trying to hike the most popular hikes first so that I can give visitors accurate information when they ask me to recommend hikes.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Preparing for the Big Apple!

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This week here at the Olmsted Center, the Statue of Liberty team–Eliot Foulds (my supervisor), Lance Guerrero (fellow intern) and myself–are finalizing our trip to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty site! I am extremely excited to visit New York, as I have never been there before.
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This week we had the Boys and Girls Club of America from Colorado Springs, Colorado, come and experience the Geology and Paleontology Camp. We had nine 4th and 5th graders come, ready to learn. These future scientists were all very passionate and super knowledgeable in the geosciences. Our time with them was short, as we were cut by an hour, but thanks to their smart brains the only impact that had on the camp was…
Saturday, June 30, 2018

My First Ranger Program

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“Rancheros.” Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican, Vol 2. 1852 Hello Everyone, So I have some news to share that I’m pretty happy about. My supervisor here has been super open to me doing basically whatever I want and has been helping out. So I’m going to get to do my own ranger program, which is very exciting.
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I’ve been offered traditional knowledge from people who’ve been in long relationships with their natural surroundings. They’ve taught me to listen to the subtleties of these surroundings and all that is happening around me, while always acknowledging that everything is alive.
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 It has been getting busy in Yosemite Valley these past couple of days. It is only going to get busier the next couple of weeks because of all the bountiful food resources that are starting to emerge. There are some apple trees in Yosemite Valley that were part of an old historical orchard that produce apples every year around the same time as berries start to ripen. This attracts several different kinds of wildlife into…
Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Lies Beyond the Office

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Hello all, Opportunities continue to come my way as I connect with more people here in the Denver area. I attended a Heritage Partnerships Program workshop with my supervisor, Vanessa, on the Chautauqua campus in Boulder this past week. As soon as we stepped out of the vehicle I was at ease in the glowing sunshine of the buzzing campus. The Chautauqua property was developed with the purpose of providing a place to host educational…
Friday, June 29, 2018

Living and Working on a Battlefield

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I have had the unique experience of living alone since the beginning of my internship. I am supposed to have roommates, but who knows when they are moving in. For now, I am just enjoying living by myself in a two-story home on a gorgeous property. I live within the boundaries of the park, so one of my favorite things to do is to walk out the front door and hit the trails.
Friday, June 29, 2018

Project Time!

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It’s been a very fun week, and I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of this place. All the kids are great and I am glad to be working with this group. The kids are mostly locals from the Grand Canyon who live here year round and go to the local high school. Some of them are returning from last year and for others this is the first time they’ve participated in the…
Friday, June 29, 2018

Fire Island Sites

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There are four major sites on Fire Island that I have gotten to visit: Watch Hill This is the first site I got to visit on Fire Island. Even though it’s a long ferry ride, it’s worth it. Watch Hill is home to an expansive salt marsh that is bursting with wildlife. You can can see Snowy Egrets, Osprey, deer, Gray Catbirds, and much more. The waves on the beach are huge and the sand…
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Impact of Weather

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Working at a national park typically keeps you busy. There’s always something to do: a program to plan for, a visitor center to be staffed, a meeting or training to attend – and that’s just from an interpretive staff member’s perspective.
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Coldest Summer Yet....

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Finishing up my third week here in San Francisco with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail has been very rewarding and life changing. In the three weeks that I have been out here I have tried to explore every corner of the city and have not even gotten close yet. I have visited a total of seven beaches and five parks located all across the coast from Marin county to Pacifica, California. My…
Friday, June 29, 2018

When Can I Start!

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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.
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Hello once again! It has been three weeks since I arrived at Homestead, and though it was a bit difficult at first I now feel more comfortable and confident in my new surroundings.
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Hey guys!!! So I finally figured out how to write posts on my phone, since I forgot to bring my laptop charger. Anyway, the second week here in the North Cascades has been incredible. I took an unexpected turn while trying to find my supervisor and ended up finding out about the plant propagation crew and then working with them for the whole week.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

My First Few Days at the Grand Canyon

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I had never been to the Grand Canyon before this internship, and have been looking forward to being here since I was told I was accepted to work for the park. I woke up at 3 AM to get to the Raleigh Durham airport in North Carolina, flew into Charlotte, then Phoenix, and finally Flagstaff, where I would be driven in by shuttle for an hour and half until I got to the Grand Canyon.
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