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Though my internship this summer will be unfortunately completely virtual, that hasn't stopped me from getting to know the people I see in daily staff calls better. One of my projects this summer is conducting a series of virtual staff interviews for Salem Maritime's National Park Service website. My goal for the interviews are to both ask questions relating to the NPS' Monthly Messaging as well as pick the brain of staff members on their…
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Lost in the Parks Chesapeake will get its lead role this summer! But, before I get started on telling you all about the BIG news, I want to share the background story.I had a virtual meeting with Mathew John, Audio Production Specialist for the National Park Service. I shared aboutmy journey as an outdoor enthusiast, my educational background and passion for environmental science and heshared his experience with the National Park Service, his background and…
Monday, July 06, 2020

HILLS TO KNOLLS - COLINAS TO LOMITAS

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¿Cómo están? How are you? So, I definitely did not put on enough sunblock last week… the watch tan I have developed on my wrist is evidence enough. I think I underestimated the California sun. This is my first time spending the summer outside of the South Texas heat and I cannot complain. The 70 degree highs and the 50 degree lows have given me the ability to explore the Anza Trail at almost any…
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Hello everyone! I apologize for the large span of time between this post and the previous blog. Things have been busy over here! Over the several weeks that I have been here so far, I have been working out in the field on a near daily basis, working with Wilderness and help other people in the Resource management department here. Most of my days involve me going to the park and hike, regardless if it…
Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The Adventure Begins

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My first week at The Point Reyes National Seashore was informative. The Point Reyes National Seashore is a 70,000 acre park in Marine County, Northern California.
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Mi mamma siempre me decía, “leave things cleaner than you found them”, before I left the house for a sleepover at a friends. I carried this mentality throughout my life whenever I entered a new space; when I would stay at a hotel room I would make the bed, after a party I would help clean up, or even as basic as washing my dishes when I was a guest at someone's home. Maybe this…
Monday, June 29, 2020

My first step into a larger world

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Hello there! I have completed my first week officially as an LHIP intern for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site! Training week! Well it has not been all fun and excitement- I have been doing a lot of reading (A LOT) about NPS and its network. I would have liked doing this at the park, but we all know due to recent events (Covid-19) most interns were limited in this years' experience. Many of us are…
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With my internship at the San Antonio Missions changing towards virtual community engagement, I have learned so much.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Thinking Ahead

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We are planning great things here at San Antonio Missions! We have thought of ways to incorporate our Hispanic community in our social media posts. Seeing as how the missions were built by Spaniards, we hope to incorporate some of that language into our content. The harsh history of the missions should also not be erased, so we are careful in not sugar-coating the ugly truth.
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Being part of the Latino Heritage Internship program (LHIP) has been a really reflexive experience for me for two reasons: Because it has given me a job that I really enjoy with the National Park Service during a time where having a job at all is really difficult thing to do. It has given me an online Hispanic community, something I had never really sought out actively.
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Hello everyone! Self-quarantine is over!!! It has been over for over two weeks. I was so excited to finally be out in the field. I am finally able to look at a couple of different invasive species and tell them apart. It finally all doesn’t look the same to me. I'm always amazed when looking at parks/green spaces and find out that what I used to think was native is actually not. The picture for…
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Over the past few weeks working at SEAC, I have developed a morning routine that consists of me pouring myself a cup of coffee and heading straight to the “office” to start my day at work. However, the office is my desk at my apartment! For the first two weeks at SEAC I have worked on expanding their lithics comparative collection. Then in the third week, I shifted to working on cataloging and expanding their…
Friday, June 19, 2020

Aventura, Casita!

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This week was HUGE! It was a successful week, but most importantly, it was inspiring and emotional. I have dived right into my Community Engagement Plan. To start off, I will explain a little bit about what the community engagement plan is, what is its purpose and where it is heading. The community engagement plan consists of researching and assembling best practices for engaging the Hispanic community to encourage and raise stewardship awareness. The purpose…
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¿Cómo están todos? How is everyone doing? I know times continue to grow more complicated and complex and at times overwhelming, so I hope everyone is doing what they can to stay healthy, safe, and educated. On June 9th, Deputy Director David Vela, of the National Park Service, issued a statement addressing the issues of equity, justice, and the fight against systemic racism. In the statement he writes, “The National Park Services commits to lead…
Monday, June 15, 2020

Blessed Beginnings At Lassen

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As I am writing this, I will have finished my very first week being an LHIP intern at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's dark outside, and I am the only one who's here at the employee lounge but I never have felt so content in my life. The road to Lassen was quite...interesting. With the pandemic, I had a fear that I might not arrive at the park and not work in the outdoors of…
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Weeks One and Two: Introductions!

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Hello! My name is Ashley Crespo and I am currently in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY. Before starting my MLA, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Architecture and Environmental Science in 2017.
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