Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Get Away From Me, August

Hello all, Today is the last day of my internship at the Intermountain Regional office. Ugh. No. Why. Last week, I worked on tying up loose ends on a few projects.  Most of the projects gave me an opportunity to work on my writing skills.  As a biology major, it has been a while since I really focused on the style and structure of my writing, but throughout the editing process I have been able to express my thoughts more clearly. I want to reemphasize how much value I have found in working on projects with other people. I have help from both my supervisor and experts from other departments whenever I draft something and I always have an "Ohhhhhhhhh, thaaaaaat's how you do that," moment. The projects I worked on included gathering some information about Latino outreach opportunities, drafting a summary of the Westwood event I did for an internal newsletter, updating the legislative tracking sheet, drafting a controlled correspondence letter and visiting fellow intern, Kevin Jauregui, at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Don't worry, I don't take myself too seriously with my fancy sounding tasks. On Friday, I traveled south into the front range to meet up with Kevin at Florissant Fossil Beds.  I got to see him run a geology/paleontology camp for a group of really bright kids.  We also went and looked for a few fossils at a privately owned quarry nearby.  After the camp I was able to get a closer look at the park and the massive, petrified redwood stumps amazed me. Florissant Fossil Beds is a smaller, more intimate park where visitors can enjoy more of the details in the ecosystem there.  The prairie and forest are calm, quiet and beautiful. Until a storm comes. At an elevation of 8,000 feet thunder cracks and sounds like a bomb going off.  I could see the lines of lighting more clearly than ever and it was thrilling. I was also really impressed with Kevin when he gave an impromptu tour of the nearby homestead of Adeline Hornbeck to some curious visitors.  Adeline Hornbeck is a boss lady from the 1800's who was a cornerstone of the Florissant community hosting events, hiring workers, and participating on the local school board.  Her homestead has been preserved and it is set in a valley near a creek in the prairie just down the road from the fossil beds. I am so thankful that I was able to do both the Rocky Mountain and Florissant Fossil Beds site visits because they gave me a lot of insight about the challenges each park faces, the opportunities they provide, scientific studies being conducted in the area and the history of each park. I hope to continue to visit more parks in the coming years to get a better perspective on the broad range of lands that the NPS protects for the American people. As I drove back to Lakewood this weekend it occurred to me that it would be the last drive through the mountains this summer. I started staring out the window like I was in some movie with dramatic music on and then the rumble strip snapped me back to reality. Oops. Anyways, it was quite the finale for a full summer.  Although I am grumbly about having to leave, I really feel a sense of peace about the next few weeks ahead of me and going back to school because I made the most of my time here. Also, hallelujah, thank you Jesus, for some direction in my career goals. I entered the summer set on pursuing urban planning in grad school and I still have an interest in planning, but now I want to stick more closely the biology field and have a strong interest in being employed by the National Park Service.              

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Monday, 03 December 2018 21:00

Lena Guidi

Lena Guidi is majoring in American history at the University of New Mexico. She looks forward to working in the field of public history and creating interpretive exhibits for museums, focusing on overlooked stories and peoples. This summer, Lena will be continuing her research into the Latino history of Route 66 (begun during her LHIP 2015 internship) for the National Trails System.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 20:43

Isabel Argoti

Isabel Argoti recently completed her degree in architecture at the University of Virginia. She has been closely involved with graphic design and outreach with many university organizations, and will put these skills to work during her internship with the Youth Programs Division.

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 13:45

The Power of Team

As an athlete, I’ve participated on many teams. I get to see the power of human interactions on a daily basis in that realm of my life.  Interestingly, I haven’t been exposed to teamwork in the classroom or on a problem-solving level as I would like.  Being here in Denver at the Intermountain Regional Office has exposed me to the power of teamwork.  The issues that the park service addresses concerning communication, infrastructure, culture, and conservation are complex, and they absolutely require collaboration between specialists.  Seeing this at work within the office is a helpful reminder that humans are communal beings, and we truly thrive when we work together, laugh together, and face life together.

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Hello all, my name is Tangy (tan-jee) Wiseman and I will be moving to Denver, Colorado to begin my internship at the Intermountain Regional Office. I was raised in northern Iowa in a town called Algona; it’s rural and friendly. I lived in an old farm house that is one of the original five homesteads in Algona and is set near the forest where my brother and I often played. Here, I came to love being active and exploring nature.

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Friday, 15 June 2018 13:20

GO Day!

Hello all,

This past Saturday, June 9th, I helped with an event at Sloan’s Lake here in Denver.  GO Day (Get Outdoors Day) is an annual event put on by a variety of environmental agencies to promote outdoor recreation, and a curiosity/fondness for nature, to kids and families.  A ring of booths consisting of local sponsors, outdoor clubs, park staff, and nonprofits was set up, and they provided information and opportunities to do outdoor activities.

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Friday, 22 June 2018 13:16

Views from the Office

Hello all,

I’m impressed with the pictures everyone is uploading! I don’t have any especially scenic ones to share yet, but I have some nice posters in my work area ? Don’t worry, I went to a concert at Red Rocks a few weeks ago so have a look here.  Legendary venue.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018 13:06

What Lies Beyond the Office

Hello all,

Opportunities continue to come my way as I connect with more people here in the Denver area. I attended a Heritage Partnerships Program workshop with my supervisor, Vanessa, on the Chautauqua campus in Boulder this past week.  As soon as we stepped out of the vehicle I was at ease in the glowing sunshine of the buzzing campus.  The Chautauqua property was developed with the purpose of providing a place to host educational and cultural events.  It has the facilities to host camps, parties, meetings, concerts and various other events.  The landscaping and architecture are charming, and when combined with the dramatic backdrop of the Flatirons it makes for a beautiful area.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 13:01

Hidden Gems in the Black Hills

Hello all,

I’m feeling rejuvenated after a weekend in the remote forest of the Black Hills. I was among a squad of “nature nerds” (National Park Service interns like myself) that camped in Custer, South Dakota, for two nights while exploring nearby Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Mount Rushmore, and Custer State Park.

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Monday, 09 July 2018 12:57

A Spider Web of Collaboration

Hello all,

Consider for a moment if you’ve ever attended an outreach event of any kind, perhaps a camp, workshop, convention or a festival?

Now estimate the number of people if took to put the event together.  You’ll probably want to multiply that number by 10 to get an accurate estimate. ?

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