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Saturday, May 25, 2019

A New chapter in the Woods

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Hi there, My name is Jonathan Ignacio Tejeda and I am a graduate student attending California State University, Northridge majoring in geography. As I have just completed my first year as a graduate student, I embark on a wonderful internship opportunity this Summer. This Summer I will be a Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) Intern working at the Sequoia and Kings National Park (SEKI) in California. Not only will this internship provide me with exceptional…
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Hi Everyone! My name is Citlali Villarreal, and I am an intern for the 2019 cohort of the Latino Heritage Internship Program. I am from Galveston, Texas, studying as an undergrad at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I will be working for the National Park Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for 11 weeks. As a Sequoia tree monitoring and demography intern, my work consists of conducting an independent research project on Sequoia…
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Beginning later this summer, I will be working as the resource monitoring and communications LHIP intern at Dinosaur National Monument. Dinosaur is 200,000 acres spanning Eastern Utah and Western Colorado. It is of course named for its abundant dinosaur fossils from the late Jurassic period. While visitors will certainly be attracted to the 1,500 fossils present in the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry, Dinosaur also has diverse wildlife and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. I grew up in…
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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…
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The 10 weeks of LHIP flew by…and lots has happened since the internship officially ended. For a quick glimpse, check out this last v-log that highlights the Black Canyon at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LHIP Summit Weekend 2018

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Perhaps one of the most eye-opening and incredible experiences of the LHIP program this summer was attending the LHIP summit in Colorado where I got to know all of the other amazing people that are part of this program, as well as more about the LHIP program.
Thursday, September 06, 2018

A Bittersweet Post

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Hi everyone, greetings from California. This past Thursday I had my last day at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. On Wednesday I had my last day at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. On Tuesday I did my last Preschoolers in the Park program.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Just Cedar Grove Things

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The weeks are counting down, and the days seem to go even quicker. I love being able to interact with visitors to Kings Canyon across the U.S. and from around the world. All the experiences and everything that I have learned from my internship I can carry forward in school, career, and life. I really cherish the time that I spent growing and learning during this opportunity. My new experiences here are coming to an…
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Environmental Justice

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I grew up with clean drinking water. I had public parks available to me. My house wasn’t near a sewage treatment facility. Overall, I had clean air, clean water, and available green space. However, these important basic rights aren’t always available to everyone.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Latino Conservation Week 2018

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There is so much behind-the-scenes work to planning an event. I spent the day before the event stuffing gift bags with information and goodies. In my eyes, our Latino Conservation Week event was a success. We had a great turn out despite the bad weather in the early morning. I’m happy that we still had people come out for a day of family fun. Amy and I were the first employees on the scene the…
Monday, August 20, 2018

10,000 Years in A Bird’s Eyeview

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During the filming of most of this footage, I basically spent an entire day in a small metal aircraft in 110 degree heat! Was it worth it…totally.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Latino Conservation Week 2018

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“Sometimes the end vision will fall short, but how we make the most of our reality is what makes us resilient.” – anon.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Final Blog Post

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So this is my last blog post for LHIP, and I am currently on my last day with my park as well. However, while I may be leaving I’m not going far, because I just accepted a position with our park’s non-profit partner Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA).
Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Week of Traveling

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I cannot believe I only have two more weeks here in Salem. The summer is going by way too fast. It’s been a lot of work but I’ve been having a lot of fun too.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

My Last Week in El Malpais

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Hi Everyone! This is my last week in El Malpais and I’m sad that I will be going soon. I was fortunate enough to be able to have such a fun time this past week. Being able to not only visit New Mexico but also Denver, Colorado has made this summer one of the best ones I’ve had yet. Meeting everyone else that was part of LHIP was amazing because I got to hear the…
Monday, August 13, 2018

Returning to Fire Island

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“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela This quote resonates with me because I returned to Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) with a few doubts about whether I would be able to continue growing. I have had people ask me why I would return to a park that I previously interned at; wouldn’t I just be doing the…
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