[caption id="attachment_11866" align="alignnone" width="225"] A random pretty picture of a cactus out here. Loved the purple flowers![/caption] Hi! I have an exciting thing going on next week. The second annual Mothapalooza will be happening on July 28th when the local moth expert Eric...

This past week was a capstone to all the work we have accomplished in the span of this Barrio Viejo National Historic Landmark Project.  We organized a thank you event to extend our gratitude to the crowd-sourced project volunteers at the downtown Tucson Hotel Congress....

Hello. This is week ten. This week started off on a Sunday. Some of the other interns and myself have volunteered with the North Florida Land Trust to help monitor diamondback terrapin turtles. It was a long six hours looking for nests then...

In a surprising turn of events, I seem to have become the unofficial photographer/videographer for the park. I wasn't always such a prolific photographer. I remember being interested in it by the time I was about ten years old, collecting National Geographic magazines and...

Back in June, several park staff went to Alaska to pick up a  1945 Allis-Chalmers Model C tractor, faded orange and rusted from sitting outside for several decades. The tractor belonged to Ken Deardorff, the last homesteader to file a claim in 1974, proving up on...

[caption id="attachment_11741" align="alignnone" width="300"] LCW Banner for Hot Springs National Park[/caption] It’s amazing how fast this summer has been passing by. This week started with more coordinating for our Latino Conservation Week (LCW) event. We now have about 30 people confirmed for our volunteer...

Ever been paid to go camping? If you've read even one of my previous posts, you've probably put together that I'm outside every chance I get. This week, I was lucky enough to go on a one-night camping trip with my coworkers. When I...

These past couple of weeks I have been working on a variety of small projects, helping the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs become more efficient in their outreach efforts to the Latino community in the greater Denver area. We are updating our list...

I hope so. In this 100 year old room, I sluggishly sit up at 6 a.m. and with my crusty eyes I look outside my window to see the sun shining brightly on the cargo ships passing through the Columbia River. For a minute,...

Sometimes when things go by too fast you don't take time to stop and smell the roses. Luckily this week wasn't as busy as I have been recently, and so I was able to sit back with thoughts of amazement. I've already been in my...

Studying history in college opened my eyes to the possibilities of bringing about a much-needed change to the ways in which history is studied and shared with people. Before this internship, my idea of the National Park Service was not very positive and not based...

Almost every Wednesday I have been working at the Adventure Station at REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), where I help visitors plan their trip activities in any of the National Park. There are a few other Adventure Stations at REI's Flagship stores throughout the country. The...

It is hard to believe that I have already been at Gateway National Recreation Area for five weeks! It still feels like I just arrived here in some ways. But I have settled into my work and Gateway. Everyday, I take a walk to the...

Hello guys! A few weeks ago LHIP/National Park Service gave me the opportunity to be part of another project, but this one is located in Misty Mount, Maryland. I learned so much from this trip that I want it to share you! So,...

Hey again, I think I have mentioned in previous posts how important stories are. All stories, in some manner or another, are significant; but, what is really important is recognizing that some stories have been overshadowed by the past. I believe it imperative that...

There has been significant progress here at Manzanar for the past couple of weeks. For one, my supervisor and I finally removed the items from the display case where we will eventually put up our exhibit on the Paiute-Shoshone family, the Buttons. Before we took...

Hello everyone! I have been all over the place this week and I'm excited to share some of my new knowledge. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am working on a social media campaign for our Latino Conservation Week events. I have been...

Saludos, So I have story for y'all. We had our second Full Moon Night last Saturday and it was all going really well at first; the parking was going really smoothly and the music started to play. There was lightning we could see, but...

Today I went around Anniston, Alabama, with Tiffany, Pete, and General Jackson. General Jackson is a Anniston citizen who seems to be all about the Freedom Riders. We had a meeting today to check out a building that could possible be a tourist stop for...