My first time entering a clean room to conduct a physics research project. Who am I and how did I get here? Working with Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri (Puerto Rican slider) at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao under the guidance of Dr. Neftalí Ríos...

I can't believe this is the last week of the summer portion of my internship! Part of my internship has consisted of working alongside the Park Planning & Environmental Compliance (PPEC) staff at the Pacific West Region Office (PWRO). After working closely with them this...

  On my last weekend, I visited the Wayside, one of our four park areas where accomplished literary figure Louisa May Alcott lived. I am standing with one of our park rangers, Jarrad Fuoss, and two historical reenactors.   The Minute Man NHP Culture and Resource...

A picture at the "Heart of the Sunken Forest"   Experiencing my first professional internship as an intern for the National Park Service and Environment for the Americas as part of the Latino Heritage Internship Program has been an amazing learning experience that has introduced me...

Hello! This week was my last week in Austin. It’s been my home for the past two and a half months and it feels bittersweet leaving the city. I’m excited to start my final semester of school next month, but I will miss the Austin gems...

If you ask me what I like most about my internship in the NPS Office of Communications (OCOM), I cannot pick just one favorite part. The reality is all of the things that I experienced and that I accomplished are special in different ways. A screenshot...

Throughout this summer, I had the really unique and exciting opportunity to address a gap in the park’s stewardship work. The gap was that of trail repairs. I learned about a range of trail repair needs that the park experiences and natural, low-technology methods to...

Hi Everyone!It's, unfortunately, that time of year again. My internship has come to an end, and this will be the last blog post I write this season.When I reflect on the last ten weeks as a Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) Intern with the Flagstaff...

We went to Saugus Iron Works' nature side of the national park to met up with William Fuchs and to interview him about how he was introduced to the park service. During our discussion, we were presented with an opportunity to treat invasive species since...

Japanese Knotweed. An invasive plant species that bullies the native plants that grow around it. I was presented the opportunity to cut this invasive species at Minute Man National Park, and work with biotechs from the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and other...

Minute Man National Historical Park spans three towns, Lincoln, Concord, and Lexington. The towns are connected by two lane roads and a part of the Boston metropolitan area. This means that enjoying the Minute Man park without having to worry about traffic and parking is...

My time at the Juan Bautista de Anza trail is wrapping up! As I reflect on this penultimate blog, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have partaken in a trail planning context and environment that has pushed me, challenged me, and allowed me...

Throughout time beyond memory, Dyea has served as a home to an array of beings. For many thousands of years, Dyea’s land and water were stewarded by the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, fur traders, entrepreneurs, and...

     Surviving frescoes adorning the interior rooms of Mission Concepción. First image is a sun motif on the vaulted roof of the convento of the mission. Second image is a motif of the crucified Christ decorating the baptismal room. These motifs are synchronizations of Spanish...

My friend asked me the other day what my favorite part of my internship had been. I, of course, said the sea turtles and the hatchlings. But I was wrong. The people I have met during my time at Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) have been...

I love my internship so far. I love living at the park, working here and even spending some free time here. It’s beautiful and it honestly even feels like an escape from reality. But there is something that is missing… diversity.Having been in the environmental realm...

Martha (left), Kristy (center), and Cynthia (right) at a Kemp's ridley hatchling public release.One of the reasons I took the internship at Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) was because of Cynthia Rubio, a Mexican-American biologist. Cynthia has worked at PAIS for almost twenty-six years...

Hi Everyone! I hope you have all been doing well and staying safe! With this week's blog post, I wanted to give you all a look into my daily routine with the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. (Also, before we start I wanted to give you all a heads...

Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) and Mosaics in Science interns at Big Sur (I am second from the left). A major reason why I wanted to participate in LHIP was to meet people like myself who form the current and the next generation of environmental stewards...