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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

This Trail Leads to New Mexico!

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Hey everyone, I’m supper excited to say that I will be a Cave Technician intern this summer with the National Park Service at El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments! Raised in Southern New Jersey most of my days were spent working on my uncle’s farm and camping in the Pocono Mountains. After high school I served five years in the U.S. Navy onboard Submarines in Norfolk, Virginia where I gained an accelerated leadership and…
Monday, June 03, 2019

My Project

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Hi all! I’m at the start of my third week here! The snow in Lodgepole has mostly melted, and while the snow was nice to see, I’m hoping it doesn’t come back. However, we are at high elevation, so my hopes may not be realistic. Pictured here is one of the last, beautiful days of snow here at Lodgepole. Since the snow has melted, I have been able to explore more areas of the park,…
Monday, June 03, 2019

Introducing myself

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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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My project for this summer is to present educational talks to youth, ages 13-19, from the In My Backyard Program. Each week, I will be presenting a different 10 minute talk relating to climate change. In addition, the students will have a new theme each week and will take a field trips to a non-profit, a park or museum, and a national park. My goal is to then do research on how non-profit organizations and…
Monday, June 03, 2019

Nebraska feels like home

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During this summer I am going to be working on a project at the Homestead National Monument of America as an intern for the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) in collaboration with Environment for the Americas (EFTA). After spending a weekend camping at the Californian desert with other EFTA interns, getting off an airplane at Lincoln, Nebraska, and viewing all the lush, green land, I am reminded of my hometown. Being born and raised in…
Saturday, June 01, 2019

(Texas)^2

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My first week at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park has been great! On my first day, I got to walk around the park and get familiarize myself with the area. In addition, I had the opportunity to work on a flyer promoting a Spanish paddling event which I plan to lead in July :D. I am pretty pumped about doing community outreach to promote this upcoming event! Since I’ve been here, I’ve had the…
Saturday, June 01, 2019

See you soon Hopewell!

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Hi Everyone, my name is Jhulian Gutierrez! This summer, I will be participating in the 2019 Latino Heritage Program as a Visitor Services Intern at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I was born in Miami, FL and was raised in both Florida and Texas. although I spent most of my childhood in the small town of Katy, TX. I am a Freshman at Lonestar college, where I am pursuing my AA to then transfer to…
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As a young WOC, a fancy office job was only but a far fetched dream to me. Since I was 16, I have been working in fast-paced, minimum wage jobs to support myself and my family. To me, these jobs did not seem temporary, simply a foreshadowing of a lifetime full of autopilot days in unfulfilling jobs. There was no exact day I can pin point to when I realized I had the ability to…
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nice to meet you, I'm Natalie!

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My name is Natalie Matias and I was born and raised in Hialeah, FL. As a young girl, my dad and I drove around natural and historic parks across South Florida whenever possible - weekends, holidays, birthdays, special events, etc. This activity, paired with my interest in history, led me to my current adventures as an archeologist-in-training. However, before I found my love for archeology, my interests grew in the field of psychology. By the…
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Start of Something New

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Hello everyone! My name is Marisol Morales and I am going to be an Interpretive Intern at Kings Canyon National Park this summer! I was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up, despite living in a beautiful environment, I didn’t really know much about the “outdoors” except that I liked going to the beach occasionally! It wasn’t until college that I was able to travel, learn, and explore nature in depth. It was then…
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

How did you get here?

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The summer I turned 22, I drove across the country. I saw the green rolling hills of Appalachia, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the American Desert all for the first time in the span of two weeks. Oh man, what a sight! How I could be so lucky to spend time looking for the next beautiful thing to see, the next landscape to take my breath away, the anticipation of what I would…
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As an urban dweller transitioning from a concreted urbanized landscape to large forest canopy cover is surreal. Being among the forest and its wildlife inhabitants is a different experience where you become with nature at its realest form. My backyard is known as Sequoia and Kings (SEKI) National Park that comprises more than 800,000 acres. SEKI is a breath-taking landscape that exists along the Southern Sierra Nevada and is biodiverse that contains several ecosystems that…
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Blog #2.1 Description of My Worksite

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Greetings! Let me tell you a little about the sites I have been working in for the past several days. My first day was spent at the Lodgepole subdistrict of Sequoia and Kings National Parks (SEKI). I attended the CPR training held that day at the Lodgepole visitor center auditorium, which is used for educational demonstrations for the public. Later that day, Nathan L. Stephenson, whose research has been affiliated with Sequoia trees and other…
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Made it to Seattle! I am immediately overwhelmed by an influx of happiness and adventure that overcame me once I stepped off the airplane. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical park is an amazing place to visit and work at, because it is rich in history and has wonderful people running the park. All my coworkers are one of a kind, they have shown me nothing but kindness, which makes me even more excited to start…
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Gnarly East Coast

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Hola everyone! My name is America Avila and I will be an intern for Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites for the 2019 Latino Heritage Internship Program associated with the National Park Service (NPS) and Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF). I was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, land of the Lenape people. My father who migrated from Azogues, Ecuador to the United States of America loves the outdoors. Whenever my dad had…
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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