Monday, 03 December 2018 21:35

Cristian Villa

Cristian Villa has worked with Albuquerque public school students for over three years and hopes to pursue a M.A. in special education after completing his geography degree. He will be working closely with National Park Service staff and high school interns this summer.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 20:57

Nuvia Garcia-Merino

Nuvia Garcia-Merino is pursuing a B.S. in molecular biology at California State University Monterey Bay. Through participation in multiple programs, Nuvia has gained significant experience in bridging difficult topics with students. This summer, she will be a valuable asset for Grand Canyon National Park’s interpretive team

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 20:50

My Journey To The Grandest of Canyons

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Garcia, and I’m happy to be reporting from Grand Canyon National Park. My position here is interpretation and outreach as well as helping with the local YCC (Youth Conservation Corps). I am from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but go to school at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. My major is recreation management with a minor in leadership studies and a concentration in outdoor experiential education. I have been working in challenge courses for the past five years and love the outdoors. I actually applied for this position last year and made it to the top three candidates, but alas, I wasn’t chosen. Not to worry though, I spent the year improving my resume and working on my interviewing skills. I applied again this year and was chosen as the interpretation and education intern at the Grand Canyon!

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 20:48

My First Few Days at the Grand Canyon

I had never been to the Grand Canyon before this internship, and have been looking forward to being here since I was told I was accepted to work for the park. I woke up at 3 AM to get to the Raleigh Durham airport in North Carolina, flew into Charlotte, then Phoenix, and finally Flagstaff, where I would be driven in by shuttle for an hour and half until I got to the Grand Canyon.

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Friday, 29 June 2018 20:47

Project Time!

It’s been a very fun week, and I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of this place. All the kids are great and I am glad to be working with this group. The kids are mostly locals from the Grand Canyon who live here year round and go to the local high school. Some of them are returning from last year and for others this is the first time they’ve participated in the YCC.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 20:45

So Much to Learn, so Little Time.

Ten weeks is not enough to learn all the history of the Grand Canyon. I love this place and am trying not to think about my last day of work here. I have learned so much about the Grand Canyon this past week. This week the kids have to go to all the ranger programs to get some inspiration on what they want their programs to be. I went along with them and have learned so much about the park. For example, on the fossil walk I learned that it is hard to become a fossil, that we only see a very small fraction of what has existed in the past.

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Monday, 30 July 2018 20:42

Old Captain John Hance

I gave a ranger program during my time here, and this is how it went. I wanted to talk about someone who was like me, and when I heard about John Hance I knew that I had to share his story with others. John Hance was the first non-native to settle down at the Grand Canyon.

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Monday, 30 July 2018 20:30

Actually Exploring the Canyon

Working here has been such an honor, and I have loved every minute of it. I do love my weekends, though, because it gives me time to explore the canyon. I did not bring my car here so that is not the best situation when I want to travel, but I have plenty to do at the canyon. On the weekends, I explore the canyon by visiting all the museums and restaurants, and on Sundays/Mondays I go on a hike deeper and deeper into the canyon every week. I do this to prepare for the rim-to-rim hike that will happen soon, and that will not be easy.

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Friday, 03 August 2018 20:25

Rim to Rim!

When I was interviewing for this position I learned that towards the end of the season all the kids were going to do a rim-to-rim hike. I was a little nervous when I first heard about this, but I was also excited. As I said in a previous blog, I started preparing for this hike by spending my days off going into the canyon and getting farther and farther every weekend.

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:22

Working with the Youth Conservation Corps

As I said in the first post, my job is working with the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). They are local high school kids who live in the Grand Canyon year round. I have been mostly working with the interpretation kids, which consists of around five kids. We go see ranger talks in order to prepare them for their own program that they will give to an audience by the end of their season. We also work at the touch tables in the village as well as the visitor center, where we choose what to put on the tables for the visitors to interact with.

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