Jonathan Tejeda

Jonathan Tejeda

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 18:29

Remotely in the forest

Hi everyone,

These past three weeks have been physically and mentally challenging for my research project.

I’ve been occupied collecting data throughout Grant Grove – Kings Canyon National Park and I must have to say it has been a wonderful journey. I have visited several areas throughout the park where the average visitor would have never had the chance to see.

It involves steep terrain and physically challenging hikes, but at the end of it all it’s definitely worth it. I am near the end of collecting data, so from here on it will be analyzing the data and establishing reports for final results.

I am very excited to show you all my research findings and present in Washington DC in the near future.

Till then,

Jonathan Tejeda

Sunday, 07 July 2019 00:29

A Learning Experience

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 integrated into my research project design and I can confidently claim that I am very proud of where I am leading with my project so far. I won’t give too much information about it yet as I am still pending with the research component, but once I get it finalized I’ll be sure to update you all. All I will say is that my project involves forestry, geography, and a lot of field work for the collection of new data!

Overall the new experiences I have obtained so far have been extremely beneficial for even my academic career for a potential graduate thesis.

Jonathan Tejeda

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 18:33

Inspiration in the air!

Living at Sequoia National Park I have been fortunate to meet wonderful people from all over the country of different backgrounds. The quality of life here is much simpler than what I normally am used to in Los Angeles, but I actually really enjoy it. Considering that there is no phone service, people are forced to become social and interact. I’ll be quite honest it can take a while to get used to as one does not realize how truly dependent they are of their phone for entertainment. It forces people to become extroverted and pass time by simply enjoying the community they reside in.

Engaging with so many wonderful people at the park makes it difficult to pin point just one individual that has inspired me at the park. Everyone that works at the park has their own significant story as to how they got to where they are now. It is admirable to hear the risks that had to be done that led these individuals closer to their endeavors.

All the individuals show motivation and are willing environmental stewards of this park and it is truly inspiring to become a part of this community and park. It has led me to realize just how reassured I feel that this career path I am pursuing was the right decision.


What are you goals and who has inspired you?


Till then,

Jonathan Tejeda

Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:59

Opportunities for Growth!

Being at the park I have been given several opportunities to explore different positions offered at the National Park Service (NPS). So far I have received hands-on experience in assisting several division within natural resources such as, Hazard Tree Survey Crew, Inventory and Monitoring crew, tree demographics crew, and educational outreach.

I have learned so far the different complexities and levels of assessments that vary from several positions previously mentioned. For instance, analyzing the impacting factors on a tree’s health in with such emphasis to a more simplified surveys determining if the tree is alive or dead. Each position ranges differently on how they assess tree health and other indicators revolving forest conditions.

Learning new forms of methods/protocols that federal agencies utilize is beneficial to crossover in my academic career and my Sugar Pine research project. The internship is arranged to give the interns endless opportunities for growth and is very flexible depending on the intern’s interest.

I highly recommend this opportunity for emerging Latinos such as myself you will not regret it!


Till then, ¡adios!

Jonathan Tejeda


As an urban dweller transitioning from a concreted urbanized landscape to large forest canopy cover is surreal. Being among the forest and its wildlife inhabitants is a different experience where you become with nature at its realest form. My backyard is known as Sequoia and Kings (SEKI) National Park that comprises more than 800,000 acres. SEKI is a breath-taking landscape that exists along the Southern Sierra Nevada and is biodiverse that contains several ecosystems that ranges from temperate chaparral, foothill woodlands to alpine tundra (


Brief Overview of SEKI

On September 25, 1890 United States 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison signed a bill protecting Giant Sequoias from logging that then established Sequoia National Park as America’s second national park. 50 years later, in 1940 congress and the 26th President, Franklin D.  Roosevelt proclaimed Kings Canyon as a National Park and since then Sequoia and Kings Canyon have been managed together ( SEKI is in a Mediterranean climate that is classified as dry summers and wet winters; regardless of expected weather patterns (temperature/precipitation), weather does vary throughout the park ( SEKI is recognized for its Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) that consists, “40% of the world’s giant sequoia grove area, including the four largest living trees on earth” (


My Experience Thus Far

Each time I commute through General Sherman Highway or hike the trails of the Giant forest I feel as if I went back in time. I have realized that time is not present in SEKI; especially living in the city I have become accustomed to working and living a fast-paced environment. So far living at the park is completely opposite of what I am used to, time is only addressed to nature’s course and I am just a guest. From a geographical lens, it is remarkable how a location of wilderness can change an individual psychologically to become more simple-minded and enjoy the experience. It is clearly from a personal interpretation, but I am enjoying every minute of it.

Thanks for checking in and I hope to see you all on my next blog.




Jonathan Tejeda

Saturday, 25 May 2019 18:35

A New chapter in the Woods

Hi there,

My name is Jonathan Ignacio Tejeda and I am a graduate student attending California State University, Northridge majoring in geography. As I have just completed my first year as a graduate student, I embark on a wonderful internship opportunity this Summer. This Summer I will be a Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) Intern working at the Sequoia and Kings National Park (SEKI) in California.

Not only will this internship provide me with exceptional opportunities for personal development, but I also seek inspiration for my graduate thesis here. Within the past 2.5 years of my academic career I have grown as an emerging professional as I have realized my true passion to explore and appreciate Mother Earth’s natural beauty. I am fortunate to have very inspirational Professors that encourage their students to go out in the field and become advocates for the conservation/preservation of Earth’s natural resources.

Overall, I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement to begin my internship with the National Park Service (NPS). I Can’t wait to tell you about my upcoming experiences at SEKI its going to be a memorable time, talk to you then.




Jonathan I Tejeda



Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:14

Jonathan Tejeda

I am a first generation student currently attending California State, Northridge and a graduate student majoring in geography and environmental studies. I have prior experience working as a forester for Southern California Edison and as a water resource intern for the U.S. Forest Service. Aside from my experience and educational background, my ethnicity is Mexican American, and both my parents emigrated from Mexico. My family is my inspiration, as they have overcame several hardships while seeking a better life. I am truly motivated to continue developing as an emerging professional, and I am blessed to be given this opportunity from LHIP and the National Park Service. This opportunity opens a new chapter in my life and I will enjoy my journey along the way, thank you!