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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Late to the Party

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Hi! I’m Marissa, an intern based in the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal in Washington D.C. and am posting a biiiiiit later than I anticipated. I also recently got my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Saguaro Fruit Para el Calor

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These past two weeks have been busy but nonetheless extremely informative and fun as I have been commuting back and forth from Coolidge to Tucson, Arizona for CPR and Wilderness First Aid training. I am starting to feel less of an outsider everyday despite my stereotypical Californian urge to wear shorts and sandals everywhere in this 100+ degree weather. I also have found myself feeling more comfortable living in a town far different than what…
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Celebrating 25 Years of TICRAT

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This past week I traveled with the Casa Grande team to New Mexico for a three-day bilingual workshop, Taller Internacional de Conservación y Restauración de Tierra (TICRAT), which took place in Santa Fe and Pecos National Historic Park. This collaboration was comprised of members from several institutions such as the National Park Service, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, and many other organizations all of which shared…
Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Witch City

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Hi. Hello. Greetings from Salem. Wow. I can’t believe that I am really here in Salem, Massachusetts doing an internship with the National Park Service. I almost did not make it to Salem. A few days before I got my internship offer in the beginning of May I broke my left elbow.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Sun’s Out, Canoes Out!

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I have been looking forward to the canoe program all summer. And, now, it is finally here! The canoe tour program includes paddling through Watch Hill’s salt marsh, and learning about the importance of this vital ecosystem. Next, we canoe out to Long Cove. Long Cove use to be a community at Fire Island before the government turned it into federally designated Wilderness.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

A Great Time in Paradise

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This week has flown by pretty fast because every person that I have met has a pretty unique story that they carry with them. I have met people from France and from Australia and from all over the US, but unfortunately I don’t have any photos to share of these new encounters. Everything has run very smoothly so far. I have met more people that work in the park, and while most of the workers…
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Hola a todos, My name is Sarah Maclovia Rizvi, I am a half-Mexican, half-Pakistani looking to dive headfirst into public service to help the multicultural communities in this country. Some fun facts about me are that I write poetry & standup comedy jokes for fun and recently graduated from Seton Hall University as a triple major in International Relations, Philosophy, and Modern Languages (Spanish & French concentration). This summer I hope to put some of…
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This summer I am the Multimedia Outreach Intern at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. I’m working in the Department of Interpretation under the Visual Information Specialist for the park Justine Hanrahan. What all these terms mean is that I am working with the department responsible for telling the history and narrative of the park.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

So Much to Learn, so Little Time.

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Ten weeks is not enough to learn all the history of the Grand Canyon. I love this place and am trying not to think about my last day of work here. I have learned so much about the Grand Canyon this past week. This week the kids have to go to all the ranger programs to get some inspiration on what they want their programs to be. I went along with them and have learned…
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Halfway Mark!

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It’s been five weeks here and, man, have I learned so much! First, not every group of kids is the same. We’ve been teaching the same material to different students weekly, and what works one week may not work the next week, which forces us to find different ways to explain the curriculum.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Brothers and Sisters in Conservation

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Big Bend National Park sits right at the border of the United States and Mexico, and along the border sits two of Big Bend’s Sister Parks for Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), Maderas del Carmen and Santa Elena Cañón Flora and Fauna Reserves. Since these three parks share the same ecosystems, habitats, and the same issues at times too, it’s only sensible that our two nations work together to try and come up…
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Binational Vital Signs

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Since the 1930's, the US and Mexico have on and off been trying to establish an international peace park on the border, much like Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on the US - Canada border. Though these plans have been shelved for a while due to sociopolitical reasons (far preceding the current administration), cooperation between the national park systems on both sides remains strong. The National Park Service (NPS) Sister Parks Initiative seeks to promote information…
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Shenandoah is the largest park near Washington DC, meaning we get a lot of visitors and travelers coming through. On the weekends and holidays it gets extremely busy at our visitor center, and many of the trails are full of hikers and backcountry campers. Since the 4th of July is this week, many people are taking vacations in or around the park. The visitor center has become crazy, and a desk shift means a nonstop…
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Hidden Gems in the Black Hills

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Hello all, I’m feeling rejuvenated after a weekend in the remote forest of the Black Hills. I was among a squad of “nature nerds” (National Park Service interns like myself) that camped in Custer, South Dakota, for two nights while exploring nearby Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Mount Rushmore, and Custer State Park.
Monday, July 02, 2018

Homestead Days

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Hello again! I hope everyone is having as much of a great time at their parks as I am at Homestead. This past weekend saw Homestead’s biggest event of the summer, Homestead Days. From Friday to Sunday, the park hosted a series of events aimed at bringing the experience of homesteading to the 21st century.
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As I mentioned before, I ended up working with the plant propagation crew for the week and I loved it! For one of the days, the supervisor told us that we were about to go on an adventure to water some newly planted shrubs located at one of the nearby lakes.
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