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Monday, June 10, 2019

America's Teaching Garden

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Buenas, This past week I had the opportunity to engage in different cultural events around my park and was able to participate in applied, hands-on work. To kick off the weekend, my wonderful supervisor and I spent our Thursday morning clearing a space that will hopefully become a teaching garden in the next few months beside Fort Sumter. It was cathartic to watch a patch of land overrun by weeds become more and more uncluttered.…
Saturday, June 08, 2019

Out & About

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This week there has definitely been a lot of students visiting the park considering that the school year here is about to wrap up. On Wednesday we went down to Portland to get our PIV cards and that was a pretty cool trip, we even tried out a Mexican restaurant. The coolest part about this day was getting to stop by Nike HQ and getting a lap in at the Michael Johnson track. I would…
Friday, June 07, 2019

Murals at Fort Moultrie

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This past weekend I had the privilege of joining some folks from the South Carolina Audubon on a bird walk. We walked a good bit around my current project site (Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historic Park, specifically Fort Moultrie) and saw species of birds that I had never given much thought to. We made our rounds across the fort, then walked through a nature trail, walked a bit of the beach, and made…
Friday, June 07, 2019

Between Sunrise and Sunset

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My name is Monique Byro, and I’ve never not lived in Florida. I jumped at the opportunity to move to South Carolina and work as a recreation intern at Fort Moultrie faster than I could think, and in the weeks leading up to my internship I got more and more excited with each passing day. When May 26th came around, I watched the sun rise in Gainesville, Florida, I packed up my car and drove…
Friday, June 07, 2019

A Summer in Washington, D.C.

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Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Pomales and I will be spending the next eleven weeks interning with the National Park Service’s Office of Communications & Office of International Affairs. In March of 2019, I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a major in Communications and a minor in Global & International Studies. My senior year internship with NASA inspired me to pursue a career in the federal service and complete a summer…
Friday, June 07, 2019

Finding Tortoises in the Desert

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Joshua Tree encompasses two deserts: the Mojave Desert and the Sonoran Desert. The Mojave Desert is, of course, characterized by its endemic Joshua Trees and desert bushes, such as Creosotebush. Distinctive wildlife include the Chuckwalla (large! lizard!) and the Mojave Rattlesnake. Topping the list with greatest plant diversity of any desert on the planet, the Sonoran Desert cozies up next to the Mojave within the park. The Sonoran section of the park is characterized by…
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Hello again! The area today known as Concord was once owned by the Pennacook Native Americans who named the area Musketaquid—Algonquin for “grassy plain.” The highly productive soils are due, in no small part, to the confluence of the Assabet and Sudbury rivers, forming the Concord River near the center of town. The rich soils, close access to water, and the relatively level terrain has allowed for continual human settlement and subsequent farming for thousands…
Thursday, June 06, 2019

New adventures with the Hopewell Team!

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My first official week here at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is coming to an end, and I can't tell you how excited I am for these next couple weeks ahead. After this extensive and productive week of introductions, a walk-through, and training, I have been able to see how special Hopewell and the team is. I don't want to spoil too much of what I will be doing here in Hopewell, but one of…
Thursday, June 06, 2019

Row House Summer

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Hello reader and welcome to my Blog! My name is Mónica and I was hired by the Latino Heritage Internship Program to work as a Historic American Building Survey Architect for the summer. During the next couple of weeks I will be keeping you posted about my opportunities and experiences with LHIP and HABS. But first let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, which is…
Thursday, June 06, 2019

A Road Well Travelled

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Hello! I am going to be working as a Resource Management Assistant at Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord, Massachusetts this summer. Located sixteen miles west of Boston, Minute Man National Historic Park spans three towns- Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington- and covers 1,038 acres. Established in 1959, the park encapsulates much of the original route the British troops used to march from Boston to Concord, culminating in a series of running battles on April…
Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Mi Proyecto

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I am an Interpretation and Outreach Assistant at Point Reyes National Seashore. It is important to include the Interpretive Mission Statement at Point Reyes National Park: “To educate and inspire people to appreciate the importance of our natural and cultural history, to foster responsible land stewardship and conservation practices in our daily lives to protect the natural balance for the future”. One of my tasks through this internship is to assist visitors at the Bear…
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My worksite may have the word "seashore" in its title, however Point Reyes National Seashore encompasses so much more: a wide variety of ecosystems molded by ongoing abiotic factors, such as the weather and geology. Regardless, it’s appropriate to begin by talking about the seashore. The seashore itself is made up multiple beaches with amazing rock formations, sandstone peaks and intertidal zones. The water is far from warm and it follows the trend in which…
Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Preschoolers in the Park

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Hello all, it’s my third week into my internship and my brain is packed with information on Salem. Starting in July, the project I am assigned to, Preschoolers in the Park will begin. This is a bilingual (Spanish-English) program offered to the communities of Salem and Saugus for children and their families to participate in active experiences connecting to the historic and natural resources of Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites. Other components…
Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Parks and Recreation: Salem

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One week into my internship at Salem and it’s wicked cool! Yes, I did catch onto the Mass lingo. No, I have not been using it correctly. On my first day, I arrived at the Hawkes House, a historic building which is now used as offices for the Park Rangers. I met Maryann, Park Education Specialist Ranger and my site supervisor who is wicked cool. I was surprised at first because I thought I would…
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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On May 11, I packed my car and drove for seven hours to the deserts of Arizona. I had seen pictures of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area before but nothing would have prepared me for the immense beauty that would welcome me as I drove into Page. The red rock that is so characteristic of this part of the country frames the Colorado river in a way that makes you stop your car and forget…
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Pursuing my Childhood Dreams

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Growing up in southern California I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by public lands. Whether it was National Forests, National Parks, or State Parks the outdoors were never too far. This was heaven for me, as a child I was fascinated by the natural world and having access to these places allowed me to feed my curiosity and learn about the flora and fauna of my home state. After graduating from high school I…
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