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Friday, July 03, 2015

Exploring the Preserve

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I guess the saying "Third time's a charm" is actually quite true. Last Thursday I presented my third "Explore the Preserve" program here at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. After having an unsuccessful first experience, my team did a great job of encouraging me and giving me some pointers on how to make it better. My second time around was a complete turn-around after having my program reviewed by my supervisor. She helped me see…
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During the first week of the Discover SF! Youth Heritage Program, staff from the National Park Service, San Francisco Heritage, and the Galing Bata Filipino Education Center took a group of middle school students on a walking tour of the Central SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood. A couple of places we saw on our walk included the 7th Street Community Garden, which features a large Filipino-American mural, and Tutubi Park, which is a children’s playground…
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Every week I keep telling myself that my time here in Wyoming can't get any more exciting than it already is...and then you get hit with curve balls left and right. This past week I can honestly say has been one of the most eventful times during my internship here at Grand Teton National Park. It started off with the park-wide potluck on Friday June 18th at the Highlands, which is one of our staff…
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I am so happy and privileged to be working in the Park History Program with the National Park Service. I absolutely love my internship and I cannot wait for next week, when I get to help lead a workshop in teaching high school students, in the Richmond, VA area, how to conduct Oral Histories and collect stories that matter. I also feel blessed to be working in our nation's capital, seeing, visiting and even touching…
Monday, June 29, 2015

San Antonio Urban Ranger Program

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It is important that our youth are connected with their history, here in San Antonio they can look back 300 years. Today not a lot of the youth even know that the missions exist right in their back yard. With today's technology kids are easily distracted. Instead of connecting people, we are often more disconnected. The Urban Ranger Program was started in Denver, CO three years ago. We are implementing our first Urban Ranger Program…
Monday, June 29, 2015

In Search of the Perfect Oyster

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As much as I love digging in the hot Florida sun, I am so happy to be back in an air-conditioned, mosquito-free office. And while I won't be digging for prehistoric artifacts, I will be doing something equally fascinating. Well, at least I think so. For two weeks I’ll be in the NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and Applied Sciences Division of SEAC. Our current project involves measuring and analyzing oyster shells…
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My first few weeks as a communications intern for NPS have been very rewarding. I have gotten hands on experience with video production, social media, and even got to introduce award winners at a historic preservation award ceremony. More than anything, it has been great getting to know the other LHIPsters in the area and my co-workers because we share common interests and are passionate about things our friends might say are ‘boring’. Moreover, managing…
Monday, June 29, 2015

Joven Guardabosques and Outreaching

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This week my assignment here at Point Reyes is really beginning to unfold and get off to a good start. I am part of a team that is completely redesigning the Junior Ranger program at Point Reyes. National Parks have a Junior Ranger Program that helps gear youth to become environmental stewards, or simply enhance their experience at the park. Children and teens can pick up a booklet of activities at the visitor center; complete…
Monday, June 29, 2015

Fairsted, Harbor Islands, and Acadia

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[caption id="attachment_1075" align="alignleft" width="323"] Fredrick Law Olmsted National Historic Site[/caption] Hello everyone, I have had a very productive first few weeks at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. During week one I dove into my first project, collaborating with Shanasia Sylman (an SCA intern) and Chris Beagan (an OCLP staff member) to develop a Landscape Inventory Report for the Fredrick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (FRLA). After doing some research of the location and its…
Monday, June 29, 2015

Plans for Latino Conservation Week

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It’s just around the riverbend (as Pocahontas presumably sang)! I am excited for Latino Conservation Week! :mrgreen: I will get to plan and execute an event on my own. What’s more, I will be able to creatively connect and engage my culture to nature! Naturally, although not always visible to the naked eye, I am and have always been a timid individual. Although, I have always participated in activities, clubs, and research collaborations, I have…
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hiking Trails of Oregon

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A lot of people think that Los Angeles is just a huge sprawling metropolis. While it is, there is still nature all around. We have the Santa Monica Mountains, Angeles Crest Forest, and other urban parks. The trails there are wonderful - filled with shrubs, sycamore trees, California poppies, and wildlife. The trails here in Oregon, however, are dramatically different. In the three weeks that I've been here, I have hiked on some beautiful trails.…
Friday, June 26, 2015

Camp Fun at Fort Matanzas

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I spent my second week at Fort Matanzas National Monument helping with the summer camp that is hosted by Fort Matanzas and the Castillo de San Marcos. The campers learned about an array of things that dealt with science, nature and history. I helped out at the camp by instructing the campers and by setting up activities for them. The week before camp started, I made materials for the campers as well. The activities done…
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Greetings from sunny Southern California, more specifically, from my neighborhood of Little Armenia in the heart of Hollywood, California! [caption id="attachment_1250" align="aligncenter" width="412"] Blurry, but a picture of our iconic HOLLYWOOD sign, as seen from climbing up to the Griffith Observatory[/caption] My name is Esmeralda Baklayan and I am a 22-year-old recent college graduate from the University of California, Riverside (GO HIGHLANDERS!), where I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Anthropology. My passion for…
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During my time here in Southern Indiana, I am going to be attending the city of Dale’s weekly farmers' market in representation of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. My coworker and friend Aleks, will go along with me, dressed in period clothing from the 1820’s. Although the summer farmers' market is off to a slow start, we have been able to talk to local residents to remind them of our presence and the big events that…
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This summer I got the amazing privilege to intern at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Cambridge, Maryland. The monumnet has not opened however, there is still much work get done in anticipation for its opening 2016-2017. My first week as an intern has been busy but so rewarding! Part of my internship will be working at the Museum Resource Center where I can engage in research and archival work. I will also…
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hidden history at Ellis Island

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[caption id="attachment_1179" align="alignleft" width="300"] Example of a drawing generated by the HABS program. El Morro, San Juan, P.R. Image via the Library of Congress Website.[/caption] The Historic American Buildings Survey (H.A.B.S.) has been documenting Architecture in the United States since its founding in 1933. Along with sister programs the Historic American Engineering Record (H.A.E.R.) and the Historic American Landscape Survey (H.A.L.S.), the rich history of America’s built and natural environment are photographed, drafted, and converted…
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