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Mi mamma siempre me decía, “leave things cleaner than you found them”, before I left the house for a sleepover at a friends. I carried this mentality throughout my life whenever I entered a new space; when I would stay at a hotel room I would make the bed, after a party I would help clean up, or even as basic as washing my dishes when I was a guest at someone's home. Maybe this…
Monday, June 29, 2020

My first step into a larger world

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Hello there! I have completed my first week officially as an LHIP intern for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site! Training week! Well it has not been all fun and excitement- I have been doing a lot of reading (A LOT) about NPS and its network. I would have liked doing this at the park, but we all know due to recent events (Covid-19) most interns were limited in this years' experience. Many of us are…
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It is going into week five of my internship with the Latino Heritage Internship Program and Everglades National Park. It is nearly impossible to believe that my experience is nearly halfway through and yet I am well aware that I am in the thick of things. I have gotten to know the park’s history, through my readings, and have encountered the park in-person, through hiking expeditions into the park’s key ecosystems and places of interests.…
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Hello everyone! Self-quarantine is over!!! It has been over for over two weeks. I was so excited to finally be out in the field. I am finally able to look at a couple of different invasive species and tell them apart. It finally all doesn’t look the same to me. I'm always amazed when looking at parks/green spaces and find out that what I used to think was native is actually not. The picture for…
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Over the past few weeks working at SEAC, I have developed a morning routine that consists of me pouring myself a cup of coffee and heading straight to the “office” to start my day at work. However, the office is my desk at my apartment! For the first two weeks at SEAC I have worked on expanding their lithics comparative collection. Then in the third week, I shifted to working on cataloging and expanding their…
Friday, June 19, 2020

Aventura, Casita!

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This week was HUGE! It was a successful week, but most importantly, it was inspiring and emotional. I have dived right into my Community Engagement Plan. To start off, I will explain a little bit about what the community engagement plan is, what is its purpose and where it is heading. The community engagement plan consists of researching and assembling best practices for engaging the Hispanic community to encourage and raise stewardship awareness. The purpose…
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¿Cómo están todos? How is everyone doing? I know times continue to grow more complicated and complex and at times overwhelming, so I hope everyone is doing what they can to stay healthy, safe, and educated. On June 9th, Deputy Director David Vela, of the National Park Service, issued a statement addressing the issues of equity, justice, and the fight against systemic racism. In the statement he writes, “The National Park Services commits to lead…
Monday, June 15, 2020

Blessed Beginnings At Lassen

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As I am writing this, I will have finished my very first week being an LHIP intern at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's dark outside, and I am the only one who's here at the employee lounge but I never have felt so content in my life. The road to Lassen was quite...interesting. With the pandemic, I had a fear that I might not arrive at the park and not work in the outdoors of…
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Weeks One and Two: Introductions!

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Hello! My name is Ashley Crespo and I am currently in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY. Before starting my MLA, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Architecture and Environmental Science in 2017.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

The San Antonio Missions

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I have lived in San Antonio for most of my life and I have never seen the missions in all their glory the way I recently have been able to, due to my internship.
Friday, June 12, 2020

From Coast to Coast

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 2020 has been a year of change, adjustments, and transitions. My internship was not exempt from these changes.
Friday, June 12, 2020

New World In My Hometown

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I have been an intern at San Antonio Missions National Park for two weeks now.
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Hi all! Hola a todos! Last week I started my new job as a Citizen Science Latinx Engagement Intern for the National Park Service in their Washington D.C. Area Support Office, or WASO for short. Since I am teleworking, I am writing this in my backyard accompanied by my pup, who would also like to share a little more about WASO.
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We are two weeks into the LHIP internship and I have seen more screen time than sun.
Friday, June 05, 2020

TRAILHEAD - COMIENZO DEL SENDERO

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¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone! Week one of my internship with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is in the books. Sure maybe it wasn’t what I was expecting, but neither is the current state of the world. Maybe we should back it up a little bit, my name is Rebecca Flores. I grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas; where the sun is always burning at a steady 100 degrees,…
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I would like to apologize in advance, this week’s blog will be brief. It has been a difficult time in our country. It is a time of frustration, pain, and activism. With the most recent events, I can not help but realize that NOW is the perfect time to stay motivated, fight for justice and spread diversity, inclusivity, and peace. I have come to realize and reflect on my journey. How grateful I am for…
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