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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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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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Beginning later this summer, I will be working as the resource monitoring and communications LHIP intern at Dinosaur National Monument. Dinosaur is 200,000 acres spanning Eastern Utah and Western Colorado. It is of course named for its abundant dinosaur fossils from the late Jurassic period. While visitors will certainly be attracted to the 1,500 fossils present in the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry, Dinosaur also has diverse wildlife and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. I grew up in…
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Hey everyone! I might be a little late on the blogging posts but más vale tarde que nunca! So, here it goes. My name is Evelyn Maldonado and I am currently studying Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland. I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, but after I turned four, my parents decided to move to the beautiful country of Ecuador, their birthplace! Growing up in Ecuador was an amazing experience for me…
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The 10 weeks of LHIP flew by…and lots has happened since the internship officially ended. For a quick glimpse, check out this last v-log that highlights the Black Canyon at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LHIP Summit Weekend 2018

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Perhaps one of the most eye-opening and incredible experiences of the LHIP program this summer was attending the LHIP summit in Colorado where I got to know all of the other amazing people that are part of this program, as well as more about the LHIP program.
Thursday, September 06, 2018

A Bittersweet Post

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Hi everyone, greetings from California. This past Thursday I had my last day at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. On Wednesday I had my last day at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. On Tuesday I did my last Preschoolers in the Park program.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Just Cedar Grove Things

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The weeks are counting down, and the days seem to go even quicker. I love being able to interact with visitors to Kings Canyon across the U.S. and from around the world. All the experiences and everything that I have learned from my internship I can carry forward in school, career, and life. I really cherish the time that I spent growing and learning during this opportunity. My new experiences here are coming to an…
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