This past Friday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend The Next 100 Coalition: Roundtable on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Outdoors. The Next 100 Coalition is comprised of more than 50 civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community organizations from across...

On Monday of this week, we got a break from butterfly sampling to attend an insect pinning and curation workshop at the Newhalem Research Center, put on by Khuram Zaman of the University of Wisconsin Madison. It was quite the surprise when I walked into...

This week I had the opportunity to visit Muir Woods for the first time, and it was absolutely beautiful. I love being able to visit new national parks and experience them because they all have something unique to offer. I don't think I...

My weekend had gone by in a flash! Usually during the weekend I go out for a bike ride and go explore different towns, but after Nature Adventure Camp I was unbelievably tired. Before I knew it I had to start preparing for Nature Survival...

Happy August, everybody! It's finally sinking in that the summer is almost over. Summer camps are ending and children are going back to school soon. Thursday was the third installment of Alive After Five. Every week is a different theme, and this week's theme was...

Since I have been stationed primarily in an office setting for the duration of my internship, my supervisor wanted to make sure I got a look at communications at the park level and had the chance to get into the field. They worked with the...

This week I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, and went to a Law and Justice Award dinner. I was with Pete Conroy and Reggie Tiller. During that dinner, Freedom Rider Tom Hanks was given an award as well. It was wonderful that I was a part of history...

So this is going to be my last blog post, as it's the end of my 10th week here at Homestead National Monument. Next week I'll be driving to Colorado for a three-day workshop with the other LHIP interns from across the country. I will...

This is it, my last week here. I wanted to take the time to thank my supervisor, Lewis. Without him, my special project would not have been possible. Furthermore, my experience at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve would not have been the same. I...

Hello, This is my last full week here at White Sands, and it's starting to hit me. But before I talk about that, I want to talk about how Mothapalooza went last week. There were about 60 people who came to see the...

As the Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) crew and Urban Rangers left after the camping trip, I was left up at Rocky Mountain National Park to begin a week full of learning! As mentioned in my previous post, this week I am working at Rocky...

The entire process of creating an interpretive, educational website about Hispanic heritage on and along Route 66 in New Mexico has definitely been an interesting one. I have worked on interpretive projects before, and creating a StoryMap about this topic was both more demanding and...

As I write this post, I have approximately 30 hours until I leave Capulin Volcano for the summer. People keep asking me the same question: am I excited to leave? My answer always has two parts. The first is that I've really enjoyed my...

Hi, my name is Monica and I recently graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in anthropology. I will be starting a master's program in anthropology with a specialization in Mesoamerican archaeology at California State University, Northridge. I am a Los Angeles...

As my time as a “LHIPster” comes to a close, I think it is important to take a look back on all of the unique experiences and enriching opportunities that I have had throughout the past 10 weeks. [caption id="attachment_12201" align="alignright" width="300"] Great Falls...

Last week, LHIPsters celebrated Latino Conservation Week, and for the San Juan National Historic Site it was the first one ever and hopefully, the beginning of a series of events that could take place in the future to bring more people to the park. ...

Hey everyone! My last blog was written about the Urban Ranger Program that I present to children in Summer Youth Programs throughout the San Antonio, TX community. In the program we learn to identify birds and trees in our ecosystem and for...

On Saturday, July 15th 2017 a group of youth and young adults left the concrete jungle of Los Angeles to enter a new world, the Sierra Nevada forest. They arrived to the Giant Forest Museum and immediately had a new sensory experience. They went from...

These past few weeks have been extremely busy with projects both in the office and back at home. Since school is coming around the corner as well as the end of my internship, it was easy to get off track of things. My 3 projects...