Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: Personal Statement

Sunday, July 14 2019

What’s going on everyone! My name is Edgar Hernandez. I am a city boy who was raised in a predominantly low-income community in Los Angeles, California. This summer I am the Latino Heritage Internship Program intern for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLGO) in Skagway, Alaska. Two interesting facts about me are: (1) I don’t know how to swim and (2) I had a guinea pig for 8 years, which I loved. Coming to Alaska has been a huge learning curve. I had to adjust to the sunlight, the food prices, but most importantly the culture shock. However, I have met amazing dedicated human beings who I am proud to call my friends. I have learned a lot about myself. From pushing myself to talk to strangers, going on strenuous hikes, stepping on snow for the first time, and most importantly experiencing the beauty the world has to offer.

Growing up I did not care for nature nor National Parks. How could I if I did not know they existed? My world ended at the confines of my city walls. I was more worried about not getting jumped or bullied by the neighborhood. However, I knew I could do more. That is why I am leading Alaska’s only and KLGOs first ever Latino Conservation Week Event. What is Latino Conservation Week? A week to shine a spotlight on the Latino support for conservation and stewardship of the outdoors. At KLGO, our event will focus on signing up fourth graders/educators in the Every Kid In A Park program to allow them to visit national parks alongside their family at no cost to them. We seek to educate the public on recycling, birds, and most importantly to have fun in our photo booth. So, stay tuned throughout the week as we highlight fun, and not so fun facts regarding Latinos and Conservation.

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