I can’t believe my time interning with the National Park Service is half way done. With the Office of Communications getting ready for Latino Conservation Week this July 13th-21st, I thought this would be a great time to get out, relax, and see a national...

As part of our team bonding, we were able to camp at Mt. Rainier and got to know each other better in an outdoor enviroment! Mind you this was also my first time camping as well, I had never slept in a tent or even...

Walking to work I often hear the *snap* of a branch and turn to find a deer, both of us briefly startled by each other as we go about our day. Deer are very common here in Kings Canyon, I see them almost everyday! A...

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...

It's been a month now since I packed my bags and moved to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It's crazy how time flies when you are having fun and doing something you love!  For the past month I have been able to learn more about...

The Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is a beautiful desert plant with radiant yellow flowers. It grows in almost a bush-like bunch so it’s a breath-taking assortment of yellow and green. I see them every time I go out Tortoise tracking. Although, right now, in the middle...

Point Reyes National Seashore houses an incredible amount of wildlife diversity that includes elephant seals, the endemic Tule elks, and black oystercatchers to name a few (I wish I could list all the animals I have seen, but I'll be kind to the readers). If...

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...

En route to some bee monitoring field work, I got to spend some time with my boss on a lengthy drive through the park. Joshua Trees and granite boulders slide across the landscape, and I decide to take advantage of this time to ask him questions...

Hello everyone! This week was a success as I did my first “Grant Tree Walk”! It was about 40 minutes long and I got to share with many visitors how important our role is in protecting Sequoia trees for future generations. I do have to...

The Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) was founded in 1961 by the director of the National Park Service, Conrad. L Wirth. After the unfortunate decision to construct Interstate 16 through the Ocmulgee National Monument, the director put a plan in place to survey, preserve, and cause...

I will keep this one very short because I can write an entire book about this special individual. Maria Guadalupe Lopez Arroyo is certainly the most influential person in my life and there's no chance I would be at this stage of my life without...

What’s going on everyone! My name is Edgar Hernandez. This summer I will be the Interpretive and Outreach Intern representing the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska. I am from the Pico-Union neighborhood in the...

What’s going on everyone! A lot of great things happened this week. First, let’s pay our respects to the bears. This week in the KLGO we had our first bear advisory go into effect. We were advised not to hike on our own as there were...

With travel between Maine and Pennsylvania, these past few weeks at the Olmsted Center have been a whirlwind of learning and doing. Early in June, we (the Designing the Parks interns) were treated with a visit to Acadia National Park for a week of work,...

Bainbridge Island was one of the first places in the United States that moved Japanese families to Japanese internment camps after the Pearl Harbor bombings. We visited the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, where the stories of the Japanese families are told and remembered, so that...

Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to participate in a kayak trip along the Intracoastal Waterway behind Fort Moultrie.  I thought it was fantastic that my job for the day was simply to paddle along. That's something I can definitely get used to!  It was...