Tuesday, 02 July 2019 19:27

Go Big or Go Home

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 to show up. After two weeks of “prep” time it was time to implement our interpretation programs to the public. I was super nervous and to make things even more nerve wrecking I had a full house. Thankfully, I have an extremely dedicated, committed, and supportive team that told me it was my time to show up. So, I went out there and did what I had to do to ensure that our visitors left our park satisfied and knowledgeable of our history.  

The second highlight of the week was my weekend outings. Born and raised in Los Angeles I really did not go out much. One of my goals is to get comfortable with nature and bears. So, a co-worker and I went to hike International Falls in Canada. The scenery was beautiful. You are hiking on open valleys and all you hear are the echoes of birds singing. It was a beautiful experience I will never forget. To get to the trail we had to cross a river that was about knee deep. This river was glacial runoff. So, let me tell you the water was sooooooooooo cold!! My legs were literally shaking and in pain after spending two minutes in the river. Eventually we hiked to an altitude of who knows what that we started crossing frozen rivers and slipping on snow. Overall, it was a great experience, but the worst part about coming back was crossing the river again. That is all for today folks tune in next week for more Edgar Shenanigans. Enjoy the beauty in the pictures below. Bye.

(Taking a moment to snap the beauty of the river that made my feet shake) 

(Hiking the valley)


 (Check out the mountains in the backdrop) 

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Monday, 03 June 2019 16:19

Climate Change Awareness in Urban Areas

My project for this summer is to present educational talks to youth, ages 13-19, from the In My Backyard Program. Each week, I will be presenting a different 10 minute talk relating to climate change. In addition, the students will have a new theme each week and will take a field trips to a non-profit, a park or museum, and a national park. My goal is to then do research on how non-profit organizations and the national parks combat climate change. I have a set of questions that will be answered, which include:

  • What are some of the sustainability initiatives the museum has done?
  • Are there any conservation efforts in place?
  • Does the museum/park host any climate change educational programs?
  • Are there any future steps or goals the museum/park has for a greener future?

With the information attained, I will then make brochures for the kids each week relating to the featured non-profit of the week and national park. In addition, I will also make a power point with more information about climate change and what steps the students cant take to combat it.

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Monday, 27 May 2019 03:16

Enjoying my new home for the summer!

Made it to Seattle! I am immediately overwhelmed by an influx of happiness and adventure that overcame me once I stepped off the airplane. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical park is an amazing place to visit and work at, because it is rich in history and has wonderful people running the park. All my coworkers are one of a kind, they have shown me nothing but kindness, which makes me even more excited to start collaborating on some amazing projects. The city itself is breath taking, it is wonderful that Klondike is located downtown in Pioneer Square. It has been great working in the visitor center introducing people to the history of how Seattle had an essential role during the Klondike gold rush. My first week here has been eventful as well, we did some restoration work, pulling invasive blackberries from the Luther Burbank park trails. I can't wait to see what the summer has in store for me here at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park!

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:04

Esmeralda Aguilar

Esmeralda is an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Her main interests lie in wildlife management and wildlife education. In her spare time Esmeralda enjoys reading, backpacking, horseback riding, and learning more about nature. She is looking forward to being an Education and Interpretation intern at Klondike this summer.

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