Kevin Jauregui

Kevin Jauregui


My name is Kevin Jauregui, and I am interning at Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument through the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP). I am extremely excited to start! I have not stop talking about it since I received the wonderful news.

Friday, 15 June 2018 20:17

Week 1...CHECK!

Training…Training…Training. Oh, and did I mention training? This first week has been a blur…between learning the curriculum and the National Park Service (NPS) rules, this week has flown by! What pushed me through was knowing I was one step closer to working with the kids for the summer.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:15

Time For Some Fun Under the Sun

Hello ?

I finally got to work with a group of kids! I usually tag-team with another intern, but there is a bug going around the Fossil Beds (and it’s not the palaeovespa!). This week I had the opportunity to work with 17 upper elementary school students from the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area and they were a blast! I have never worked with such a bright group of kids. They were all very passionate about the sciences and were eager to learn!

This week we had the Boys and Girls Club of America from Colorado Springs, Colorado, come and experience the Geology and Paleontology Camp. We had nine 4th and 5th graders come, ready to learn. These future scientists were all very passionate and super knowledgeable in the geosciences. Our time with them was short, as we were cut by an hour, but thanks to their smart brains the only impact that had on the camp was rain, thunder and lightning.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 20:12

Halfway Mark!

It’s been five weeks here and, man, have I learned so much! First, not every group of kids is the same. We’ve been teaching the same material to different students weekly, and what works one week may not work the next week, which forces us to find different ways to explain the curriculum. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:09

Cross Training Week


This past week has been a busy week! I got the opportunity to do more than just the camp curriculum. To start, on Monday I enjoyed one of our many weekly programs and that was our Yoga Hike. We went on about a mile and half hike, and stopped along the way and did some yoga poses. Later that day, I assisted the Biological Science Technician with pulling invasive plants out of our meadows. This ended up being a tedious task because the plants were small and already had seeds that were ready to fall and disperse. I helped her with this task multiple times during the week. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:07

Last Week off Before Camp Starts Again

Hello there!

Monday was a packed day! I was excited to do the Yoga Hike again to stretch, but when I got there it turned out I was the leader. Our instructor was on vacation, the substitute had to leave for an emergency, and since I have group fitness instruction under my belt, I was next in line to teach. Very enjoyable experience! I had the group (which was over 30, mind you) collaborate and help me with some poses, as I’ve only taken yoga twice my whole life. At the end, I received very positive feedback. After yoga, we had a guest instructor come and educate us on some of the different insect species we have and their role in our society. The take home message from this presenter was that there is a diverse community of insects from different parts of the world in our backyard, so take pictures and notes on the insect and post it online to get more information about it. Another point was that insects play a huge role in keeping other pests away, provide a food source to other animals, and keep our plants healthy.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 20:03

And Then There Was Camp Again


On Monday I got the chance to collaborate with two other LHIPsters, Tangy of Public Affairs and Alejandro of Rocky Mountain National Park. We joined forces to educate Latinos and Native American Indian youth on what beauties the national parks have to offer. I talked about geology, Tangy facilitated along with teaching them about some animals, and Alejandro went into detail about predator and prey and their effect on the food chain. It was a wonderful experience! The youth were very interested in what we had to teach them and, overall, enjoyed it.

Friday, 03 August 2018 20:01

Summer is Going by too Fast


One more blog down, and one more to go. This week has been another great week with the camp kids. We had a small group of bright students come down from Cresson Elementary in the town of Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek is a small town about 30 minutes south of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO), and since they were closer we had more time for activities.

Friday, 10 August 2018 19:55

The Final Bow?


This is my last blog, and before I talk about my week I just want to say this has been an amazing adventure! I can’t thank enough all the wonderful people who helped me get here. Ten out of ten; I would definitely recommend.

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