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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hasta La Próxima

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Today is my last day at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. This summer has been very enriching and eye opening in a way that I could never have expected. I’ve learned many lessons while being in Charleston. On the actual educational side, I’ve learned a lot about the Civil War, about slavery, and about how South Carolina got to being the great state that it is. I’ve learned about ecosystems and animals,…
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Stewardship is the intersection between three key principles: Understand, Assess, and Apply. These principles are an approach to applying resource management. Imagine being in charge of all resources (cultural, wildlife, vegetation, and physical sciences) in an area of nearly 800 thousand acres that is all of Joshua Tree National Park. That person here at Joshua Tree National Park, Jane Rodgers, is nothing short of amazing. Here’s what she taught me: First, you must understand what…
Monday, July 29, 2019

Plant Blindness

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The past couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of tracking tortoises with one of the park’s volunteers, Tom. Tom is retired from a long career in the forest service and he is an amazing naturalist. Being out in the field with a naturalist is an incomparable experience. The knowledge I get to soak from them! It’s the closest I feel to being back at school. Sure, I’m learning these new skills and how to…
Monday, July 29, 2019

Almost Time to Go!

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The past month has been both very challenging and rewarding. Most of my projects throughout the course of my internship were lined up for mid-July, and so I've been able to do a large variety of things. For Latino Conservation Week, I set up a bilingual nature walk in conjunction with Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. Led by NPS ranger Matt (see Reconstructions of Diversity blog!) and Allyssa, a great Stewardship Aide over at…
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A picture of Alisha's last day at Homestead National Monument of America As teacher from the Teacher Ranger Teacher Program, the majority of Alisha Chab’s job at Homestead was to develop a Distance Learning Program that focused on the homesteading movement as well as the suffrage movement and how they interacted and intersected in the United States, specifically focusing on women's roles in both of those events. She developed two programs: one as a general…
Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Lighter Side of the Fort

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For large parts of the past two weeks I have been dedicating my time researching my project by reading primary and secondary source books and documents ranging from the early 19th century up until more recent scholarship from 2016. I have also been going back and forth from the administration building to the museums collection building to locate and photograph to the best of my ability artifacts that correspond with my project. The days have…
Saturday, July 27, 2019

My Last Project!

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Wow, time flies by when you're having fun! Sadly, my time here at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical park is coming to end, but I won't stop working on projects until my last hour here. As part of my final project, I thought it would be great if I could create an informational video that the park can use. It is a 5-minute video that will be posted on the park's website for visitors…
Friday, July 26, 2019

Take a Hike!

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A wise woman once sang, “Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waiting on the other side It's the climbbbbbbb!” Ok, so maybe Miley Cyrus wasn't literally talking about hiking, but I totally felt this song while I was hiking this weekend. I came to the sudden realization that this internship is half over and I still hadn’t done many…
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What could the sixth week of my internship uncover at Everglades N.P., you may ask? Invader ALERT... Invader ALERT… I truly rarely touch politics but in a twist of satire I wanted to add this into the conversation because, let’s face it , everything comes back to our political landscape and I have been pondering for some time now how the sliding scales of politics affects good science and education. Previously, I wrote about Bats…
Friday, July 26, 2019

Reunited with Documentation

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Welcome back to my blog! These last two weeks have been pretty great and filled with a lot of learning opportunities. One of the things accomplished was our last field visit, to do what remained of hand sketching and measurements for the row house. We also had a tour of the Library of Congress, which was super fun and exciting (at least for me). I will explain why further on. For this blog I'm going…
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I arrived over the weekend to Dinosaur National Monument in preparation for my work as the Resource Monitoring and Science Communication Intern. In my first week at Dinosaur, I have enjoyed seeing different parts of the monument while being trained for my internship work. I’m amazed by the variability within Dinosaur and all the amazing attractions. Although the monument is named for its dinosaur fossils, there’s so much more to enjoy in the monument. The…
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Una aventura inesperada

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Afortunadamente, desde que estoy en el parque he tenido varias aventuras inesperadas. Les voy a contar sobre mi fin de semana de aventuras con unos de mis colegas- Alexis, Jesús y Hannah. Mi jefe nos dio información para viajar, conocer y reunirnos con los guardabosques del monumento nacional de Coronado y las montañas Chiricahua. Como equipo, salimos temprano del parque hacia Coronado, que esta ubicado en las montañas de Huachuca. Me sorprendió ver la frontera…
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hi, everyone! I’m Kassidy, EFTA’s writing intern here in Boulder, Colorado. I have been doing some rounds of site visits for our blogs and recently visited Alejandro, LHIP's interpretation intern at Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue reading to share my experience meeting Alejandro and to follow up on the work he's been doing with RMNP visitors! On this warm summer day, I am meeting with Alejandro Ramos, Latino Heritage Internship Program’s (LHIP) Direct Hire Authority…
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Week four with Everglades National Park Environmental Education unit has me redefining where the actual park ends and begins. As long as I can remember, our local zoo in South Florida, Zoo Miami (then Miami Metro Zoo), had been my natural home away from my inner-city home… There, I was immersed in both flora and fauna that I only ever saw legends like Jack Hanna handling, or Marlin Perkins and Sir David Attenborough speaking about…
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Last week was mostly preparation for the Annual Inventory of the collections here at CHAM, this week however we had an opportunity to engage with applied archival and historical work. I worked closely with my supervisor and Cultural Resource Program Manager, Mark Calamia, Rodney Sauter an Interpretive Ranger and with my assistant intern, Juan (in the picture from the last blog entry) on the three different inventories of the overall Annual Inventory of our museum…
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This week was intense and fun! We completed the necessary IMT training in order to have access to the NPS computer system in time to start the Annual Inventory of the museum collections the following week. After our visit from Khallel from WACC, we had plenty of work to do in order to prepare for their return visit to transport archives and a/v reels to their facility in Tucson. I had plenty of research and…
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