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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Settling into the Llama House

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This summer I will have the privilege to call Rocky Mountain National Park my home. Rocky Mountain National Park or Romo for short, is made up of 415 square miles of protected federal public land that supports a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Surrounding the east side of the park, is the town of Estes Park. I am excited to begin this season and learn new things. The scenery in this part of Colorado…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Opportunities for Growth!

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Being at the park I have been given several opportunities to explore different positions offered at the National Park Service (NPS). So far I have received hands-on experience in assisting several division within natural resources such as, Hazard Tree Survey Crew, Inventory and Monitoring crew, tree demographics crew, and educational outreach. I have learned so far the different complexities and levels of assessments that vary from several positions previously mentioned. For instance, analyzing the impacting…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

A glimpse in my project

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Serving as a multimedia outreach intern at the San Antonio Missions means that most of what I’m going to be doing will be focused on media. I will be working under the visual information specialist of the San Antonio Missions. I have one main project, which is producing three videos for the park. Two of the videos are aimed towards 4th graders, and the other video will be directed towards a more general audience. I…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Historical San Antonio Missions

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The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is different than most National Parks. It is comprised of four 18th century colonial missions that are located along the San Antonio River. A mission can be described as settlements that the Spanish set up for the indigenous people to learn how to be Spanish and become Spanish citizens. The four missions are Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. These missions are located…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hello Texas! (An Introduction)

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Hello! This blog is going to be dedicated to my summer experience as an LHIP intern working at the San Antonio Missions Historic National Park. Being originally from Idaho, I had never been to Texas before, which made working in San Antonio a new and exciting opportunity. I drove around 27 hours to Texas and on my way got to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. San Antonio is a lot…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Week of Many Firsts.

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Hello everyone! I just completed my second week in the KLGO. It was a week of many firsts. We completed our first week of training and we learned all about audience center techniques to allow visitors to connect with history on a personal level. We visited the trailhead for the infamous Chilkoot trail. This was a trail that was used by the goldseekers to reach the Gold fields in Dawson City (i.e., Canada). The trail…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Something new I have learned!

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While being here at Klondike I have learned the essential role everyone plays within the department from the volunteers to the park rangers. Everyone contributes to the system, which allows everything run smoothly. Working at the visitor center, the volunteers have a plethora of information to offer to our guest that come in wanting to learn more about Seattle's role in the Klondike Gold Rush. I find it amazing that the people around me have…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Homestead: An invitation to the world

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Escaping the conflicts in their former country, Prussia, two brothers came to Nebraska knowing of an Act that would give them the opportunity to claim free land. This is the story of the ancestors of Roselyn, a volunteer at Homestead National Monument of America (HOME) who shared her story with me on my first day at HOME. After getting familiarized with the park and Roselyn’s story, I realized that the Homestead Act was an invitation,…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Remember the Revolution

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Hello Everyone, My name is Tony Rodriguez and I am and undergraduate double majoring in secondary education for history and applied in public history at Appalachian State University. I was originally born, raised, and lived in Sandusky, Ohio for nineteen years then moved to North Carolina in May 2014 and have been a citizen of North Carolina ever since to this day. I am working for the National Park Service at Cowpens National Battlefield in…
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Hello again! My first day was an adventure to say the least. After checking into my housing, a lightning and thunderstorm hit as I was unpacking my car! As soon as I was safe inside I realized that my roommate went away for the weekend. Totally fine, except there was a sudden *CRACK* *BOOM* and the lights went out. Suddenly I was 200 miles from home in a dark cabin in the woods and completely…
Monday, June 10, 2019

America's Teaching Garden

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Buenas, This past week I had the opportunity to engage in different cultural events around my park and was able to participate in applied, hands-on work. To kick off the weekend, my wonderful supervisor and I spent our Thursday morning clearing a space that will hopefully become a teaching garden in the next few months beside Fort Sumter. It was cathartic to watch a patch of land overrun by weeds become more and more uncluttered.…
Saturday, June 08, 2019

Out & About

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This week there has definitely been a lot of students visiting the park considering that the school year here is about to wrap up. On Wednesday we went down to Portland to get our PIV cards and that was a pretty cool trip, we even tried out a Mexican restaurant. The coolest part about this day was getting to stop by Nike HQ and getting a lap in at the Michael Johnson track. I would…
Friday, June 07, 2019

Murals at Fort Moultrie

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This past weekend I had the privilege of joining some folks from the South Carolina Audubon on a bird walk. We walked a good bit around my current project site (Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historic Park, specifically Fort Moultrie) and saw species of birds that I had never given much thought to. We made our rounds across the fort, then walked through a nature trail, walked a bit of the beach, and made…
Friday, June 07, 2019

Between Sunrise and Sunset

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My name is Monique Byro, and I’ve never not lived in Florida. I jumped at the opportunity to move to South Carolina and work as a recreation intern at Fort Moultrie faster than I could think, and in the weeks leading up to my internship I got more and more excited with each passing day. When May 26th came around, I watched the sun rise in Gainesville, Florida, I packed up my car and drove…
Friday, June 07, 2019

A Summer in Washington, D.C.

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Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Pomales and I will be spending the next eleven weeks interning with the National Park Service’s Office of Communications & Office of International Affairs. In March of 2019, I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a major in Communications and a minor in Global & International Studies. My senior year internship with NASA inspired me to pursue a career in the federal service and complete a summer…
Friday, June 07, 2019

Finding Tortoises in the Desert

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Joshua Tree encompasses two deserts: the Mojave Desert and the Sonoran Desert. The Mojave Desert is, of course, characterized by its endemic Joshua Trees and desert bushes, such as Creosotebush. Distinctive wildlife include the Chuckwalla (large! lizard!) and the Mojave Rattlesnake. Topping the list with greatest plant diversity of any desert on the planet, the Sonoran Desert cozies up next to the Mojave within the park. The Sonoran section of the park is characterized by…
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