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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What I am Learning at my National Parks

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Since I have been here at Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park I have learned so much. I have learned the day to day operations of the visitor centers, meeting and greeting visitors and guests to both parks, in addition to my progress on my project of creating podcasts to help promote the parks and their special events. As I stated in my first blog, I am a double major in secondary…
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Into new things

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I have been at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and I can honestly say that this place is really growing on me. These past weeks I have been out engaging with the public and conducting my Netul Walk program, which has been great. It was pretty awesome to see some people from my area visit the park as I was able to give them good information on the area, the awesome vegetation around here,…
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On my first day here, as Ranger Meredith was driving us around to see both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, I began to think about the Native Americans who lived here. We had just visited Hospital Rock [pictured], a boulder painted with Native American petroglyphs and a site that had bedrock mortars in which the Native Americans would grind acorns into a powder and eventually make into food. I knew about Native Americans and…
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National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) was officially established in 1965, it contains more than 1,000 acres of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The National Mall is America's front yard, featuring the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials, 156 reservations, circles, fountains and more. The areas within NAMA provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the nation’s veterans and military history; as well as exposure to American…
Tuesday, July 09, 2019

A Fascinating Trip: Ford’s Theater

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I can’t believe my time interning with the National Park Service is half way done. With the Office of Communications getting ready for Latino Conservation Week this July 13th-21st, I thought this would be a great time to get out, relax, and see a national park service site in action before activities are in full swing! There are so many wonderful National Park Service sites to visit in Washington, D.C., but after some consideration, I…
Monday, July 08, 2019

The things I have learned!

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As part of our team bonding, we were able to camp at Mt. Rainier and got to know each other better in an outdoor enviroment! Mind you this was also my first time camping as well, I had never slept in a tent or even made a fire before this trip. Immediately I started to learn new things as we arrived to our campsite, I built my first tent but not with out some help…
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Walking to work I often hear the *snap* of a branch and turn to find a deer, both of us briefly startled by each other as we go about our day. Deer are very common here in Kings Canyon, I see them almost everyday! A whole family of them live behind my cabin, sleeping and eating while I watch them creepily through my window. They are like a forbidden dog, cute but I can’t touch…
Sunday, July 07, 2019

A Learning Experience

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Hi everyone, As I progress into my research project I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several influential researchers across different fields of sciences. I learned so much from them when it comes to learning new methodologies of research and their perspectives on how they approach their research objectives. Being surrounded by brilliant individuals definitely encourages me to continue giving 150% during my internship term here. The experience I have learned so far has been…
Saturday, July 06, 2019

Trips and 4th of July fun!

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It's been a month now since I packed my bags and moved to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It's crazy how time flies when you are having fun and doing something you love! For the past month I have been able to learn more about the park, work on some events and take a few trips with my co-workers around Pennsylvania. Last week we took a mini field trip to Philadelphia where we got to…
Thursday, July 04, 2019

Looking at the bigger picture

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The Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is a beautiful desert plant with radiant yellow flowers. It grows in almost a bush-like bunch so it’s a breath-taking assortment of yellow and green. I see them every time I go out Tortoise tracking. Although, right now, in the middle of summer, they’re all dead. But I can imagine how amazing it looked in the spring. During one of my hikes with our volunteer Tom, I learned a little bit…
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Point Reyes National Seashore houses an incredible amount of wildlife diversity that includes elephant seals, the endemic Tule elks, and black oystercatchers to name a few (I wish I could list all the animals I have seen, but I'll be kind to the readers). If you have a particular animal you have been looking forward to seeing and adding to your list, Point Reyes will likely offer the opportunity to spot it. Luckily for me,…
Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Go Big or Go Home

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What is going on everyone! Let’s give a shout out to the weather. The weather changes within minutes here in Alaska. You wake up with the sun shining bright in the sky, and you decide to go out in shorts and a t-shirt. However, you return drenched in water because it’s raining. But back to business. Our model here in the KLGO (Klondike Goldrush) is “go big or go home,” and this was the week…
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En route to some bee monitoring field work, I got to spend some time with my boss on a lengthy drive through the park. Joshua Trees and granite boulders slide across the landscape, and I decide to take advantage of this time to ask him questions about the National Park Service and what role he plays. As a scientist, I’m interested to know what kind of research he does - I even asked him what…
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This second week of my L.H.I.P. internship at CHAM was really fun, we continued our oral history project at a community partner institution. In addition we started discussing and implementing the direction of my project for the summer which would consist of finishing the inventory of non-accessioned items at CHAM in order to update the Scope of Collections Statement. I made some interesting discoveries while conducting the inventory, among some random items I found the…
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Hello everyone! This week was a success as I did my first “Grant Tree Walk”! It was about 40 minutes long and I got to share with many visitors how important our role is in protecting Sequoia trees for future generations. I do have to say, at the beginning of my internship I was really nervous to talk to the visitors, but I have been blessed with an amazing staff as they have been very…
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