My first week at the park was one of the busiest weeks of my life, but it was all worth it. Salem Maritime National Historical Site contains twelve historical sites, all of them with individual stories that ties global connections from the Colonial period....

¡ Bienvenidxs nuevamente a mi blog ! Midwest Regional Office Building As a Park Planning Fellow at the Midwest Regional Office (MWRO), I work in a BIG building with many offices and a lot of people with different background experiences. On my first day, my Supervisor/Mentor, Aleks Pitt, presented...

As I previously have written about on this blog, community partnerships at a national trail–especially the Anza trail–look different from the typical model of “outreach” at many NPS sites. For, rather than bringing something–managed, protected, and interpreted by us–to different communities, building trails inherently requires...

Okay, perhaps I am not a child, but there is no doubt that a village is behind my development and learning process as an intern this summer at Minute Man National Historical park. Several individuals regularly demonstrate and extend their unwavering commitment to my internship...

Quick explanation for the title—my initials “DC” are the same as the abbreviation for the District of Columbia! The first few weeks of my internship have been a thrill! During my walk to and from the Main Interior Building (MIB) each morning, I reflect on how...

Beatty-Cramer House located in Frederick, Maryland is a Dutch H-bent house. The house was dated through dendrochronology to 1748. Its original owners, Thomas and Maria Beatty were from Ulster County, New York, where at the time Dutch building styles was more common. There is evidence...

Hi everyone! I am half way done with my internship!!! It has been a very busy summer trying to complete all of my tasks. What exactly am I doing, you ask? This blog post will answer your great question. Click on the video below to learn about...

This summer a main part of my internship involves photogrammetry.  It is a process that takes pictures of an object, buildings, or environment and then stiches them together to create a digital model.How does it do that?It works by using the concept of parallax. Which...

The sunset after our first big rain Monsoon season has started. We were greeted by our first rain on June 18th. I was out of town, planning to hike in the mountains of Pine, AZ. Thunderstorms get nasty out here, and when I stepped out of my...

Young visitors explain the meaning behind their secret code quilt squares during our Juneteenth celebration.   One of the early lessons I learned when first beginning to present my Freedmen's Colony program is that it is hard to get people to care about something they are...

     My first weeks at the park have been full of new and exciting experiences. Working at a national park rich with natural, historical, cultural, and archaeological resources like Monocacy National Battlefield has provided me with different concepts and perspectives. Coming from a rural...

The USS Constitution Museum located in the Charlestown Navy YardMy first week in Boston was wicked smaht. I still don't know if I'm using that right, but it's only my first week here and I already feel like I'm picking up on some Boston...

I have dreamed of doing park planning work for years. I have wanted to be in a role just like the one that I am in. I was extremely excited when I learned I would be working at a park as a trails planner, but...

One of the most common questions I get asked by visitors at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is, “Where is the National Park?” Usually, they are a bit taken aback by my response: “You’re standing in it!” While this park doesn’t look like what...

Hi Everyone!  Having started back at the Flagstaff Area National Monuments for my second summer as an intern, I was excited to get back to the monuments and continue the work that I had started last summer. While I am an intern for the three...

Hi everyone! This week I am going to be sharing some clips and photos from a Big Tree Hike that I participated in, led by John Cely. (ABOVE:JOHN CELY BEGINNING THE BIG TREE HIKE) Harry Hampton is the visitor center's namesake and the main leader who advocated for Congaree's...

We have a vegetable garden near the visitor center that grows corn, beans, squash, and amaranth. We water our plants daily and use an irrigation canal just like the ancestral people of Tonto Basin would have used. ...

Driving up to Saguaro National Park begins to unfold the beauty of the sprawling desert-scape. The road winds through the city, with suburbs giving way to fields filled with saguaro cacti. As you climb up the base of the Rincon mountains, you really get a...

            Front facade of Mission Concepción and its convento (left) and the ceiling of its belltower (right). Photos by author.   Crowdsourcing, as the name might imply, requires cooperation between oneself and the people with whom you ultimately depend on for your project....

Welcome Everyone!   Thank you for opening up my blog. My name is Pia Cano and I am originally from Santa Ana, California. I currently attend college at Clark University where I study Race and Ethnic Studies with minors in Art History and Global Environmental Studies. At my...