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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ropemaking with Ranger Brian

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Since there were no preschool programs to focus on Thursday and Friday, I got to spend some time catching up on blogs, cleaning up the ParkEd materials and exploring Salem Maritime NHS. Marianna, an Education Ranger, and I walked down the Derby Wharf and went aboard the Friendship of Salem where Brian taught us how to make rope by using white cotton string and having a volunteer hold one end of the string and then…
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Thank You DC

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These past few weeks in DC have been fun and full of achievements. The internship has come to an end, so today I will be sharing an overview of my experience with HABS(Historic American Buildings Survey) and LHIP(Latino Heritage Internship Program) in DC. This summer the team that I was part of documented a Row House in the Woodley Park area of DC. This house called a day lighter was known and popular for its…
Friday, August 16, 2019

Salem Maritime Festival

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Sadly, I couldn’t attend the LHIP conference in Washington, but I still had a blast at the 31st Salem Maritime Festival this weekend! There was live music, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and there were two visiting vessels: Kalmar Nyckel and Polaris. On both days I worked at the ParkEd table in the morning and the Pride table in the afternoon. At the Pride table there were pamphlets for Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic…
Friday, August 16, 2019

Captain America

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The last week of July, we had no preschool programs at Salem or Saugus and instead the Education Rangers, Marianna and Tim and I got to spend the whole week at the Park for Every Classroom workshop. Although education isn’t something, I see myself pursuing as a career, seeing all the resources teachers have for students to learn in a non-traditional classroom setting and experience new places and ideas, rather than being confined to their…
Friday, August 02, 2019

Whats been going on??

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Hello everyone, It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a blog, so I thought it would be a good idea to post some updates about what I’ve been up to this past month Along with finishing the scripts for the 3 videos, I have started the production process and for the most part have gotten all the shots I need. I started the editing process this week and my hope is to have…
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Live. Laugh. Lava.

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The National Park Services of El Malpais National Monument is a conservation area that’s over 350,000 acres that is primarily covered in lava flows that have contributed to creating a beautiful landscape of untouched lava fields as far as the eye can see. The terrain can be challenging and dangerous to navigate, but must be done in order to reach majority of the beautiful cave sites. The caves out here in El Malpais are really…
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What could the sixth week of my internship uncover at Everglades N.P., you may ask? Invader ALERT... Invader ALERT… I truly rarely touch politics but in a twist of satire I wanted to add this into the conversation because, let’s face it , everything comes back to our political landscape and I have been pondering for some time now how the sliding scales of politics affects good science and education. Previously, I wrote about Bats…
Friday, July 26, 2019

Reunited with Documentation

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Welcome back to my blog! These last two weeks have been pretty great and filled with a lot of learning opportunities. One of the things accomplished was our last field visit, to do what remained of hand sketching and measurements for the row house. We also had a tour of the Library of Congress, which was super fun and exciting (at least for me). I will explain why further on. For this blog I'm going…
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Week four with Everglades National Park Environmental Education unit has me redefining where the actual park ends and begins. As long as I can remember, our local zoo in South Florida, Zoo Miami (then Miami Metro Zoo), had been my natural home away from my inner-city home… There, I was immersed in both flora and fauna that I only ever saw legends like Jack Hanna handling, or Marlin Perkins and Sir David Attenborough speaking about…
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Migration is Beautiful

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I drive to work every morning down a long straight open road, passing by huge silos of grain, vast expanses of fields, combines and semis full of cows blanketed by an enormous sky. Fort Larned is a remote, middle of nowhere and everywhere sort of place. It is like being in the middle of the ocean but without the seasickness. I love the space. I usually love it. But then, I started getting anxious the…
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Ticks Got Me

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"Get ready to come in at 7:30 am next week to go into the field" Thadra, my supervisor, said to me on Friday afternoon. The moment I had been longing for had finally arrived. A smile spread across my face as I realized it was time for some fieldwork. - - - The night before, I prepared my field clothes; A hair wrap and baseball cap, undershirt and long sleeve tee, cotton cargo pants, thick…
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Little preserve on the Prairie

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Hey everyone, my experience here at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve has been truly unique and wonderful. These past 9 weeks I have learned so much about the wildlife and plant life here at the preserve that it feels like its just a summer course where I get to go and work outside. Seeing so many different and new wildlife species makes me truly grateful to have taken this internship and grateful to LHIP to…
Monday, July 22, 2019

Dr. Ashley Reis

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(Dr. Ashley Reis pictured on the left in blue. Me pictured on the right in a giant hoodie!) Going to college was something I never, ever imagined. While I was in high school, although I was involved in various extracurricular activities, I hated sitting in my English class and listening to my teacher talk about Shakespeare or being in my Algebra class, trying to understand all the different formulas. So, the day I graduated high…
Monday, July 22, 2019

Beating the heat on the Prairie

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Hey everyone, its Cesar here and this week has been pretty hectic for me up here on the Prairie. We are going through a heat wave right now and the temperature has risen up to triple digits up here, combine that with humidity and you got yourself a recipe for exhaustion. While this has hindered us here a bit, we are nevertheless still working and helping to keep the Prairie safe from invasive species while…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dog Vomit is Cool?

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Mile-a-minute vine or persicaria perfoliate is an invasive plant native to Asia that has spread on Grape Island, an island of Boston Harbor Islands. The leaves have a distinctive triangular shape and can be confused with wild morning glory, but mile-a-minute has ocrea surrounding the stem. Mile-a-minute is usually introduced by birds who carry the plant’s fruit and disperse them over the island. This vine impacts the island’s vegetation because it grows rapidly and outcompetes…
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I can’t believe this is my last week as a National Park Service intern! The summer has gone by so quickly and everything feels bittersweet. One thing I know for sure is that I am incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to complete projects for America’s national parks and the Latino community. My summer at the National Park Service has given me some amazing opportunities! I was given the responsibility of creating the…
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