Finishing this internship, I cannot help but have mix feelings. I am sad that I have to leave this awesome team and the park, but I am so happy and grateful for the opportunity that I was given. I truly enjoyed chatting and educating the...

The southern end of Padre Island National Seashore at Port Mansfield Channel. Photo by me!Padre Island National Seashore's (PAIS) unique sea turtle program has a long and convoluted history. It is filled with riddles, mysterious, and dedicated individuals. Part of its history also includes...

Some primary and secondary sources for my project. Courtesy of the San Antonio National Historical Site and its coworkers.     Three hundred years is a long time. The oldest mission administered by the National Park Service was founded in 1720 - San José y San...

Hello again! [caption id="attachment_12896" align="aligncenter" width="612"] view of downtown Austin[/caption] With summer well under way. I figured I would give some insight into the outreach work that I am doing during this time. I am interning at the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance, or RTCA for short,...

The sounds of the forest engulfed me as I stepped over rocks and carefully wedged my feet in between tree roots on my way up a steep trail. Above, a fallen Sitka Spruce tree trunk creaked and groaned in the wind. I passed by a...

Imports and exports of goods is what everyone knows when you talk about Derby wharf at Salem Maritime National Historical site. The infamous ship still docked there today is no other then The Friendship. What many don’t know is that the 15 voyages the...

Unlike some of my other LHIP counterparts, my office is not in a national park focusing on ecology. Instead, I work for the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) at their main headquarters in Washington, DC. The office documents historic architectural, engineering, and landscape sites and objects....

Hi Everyone!    Today, I am discussing my project with the Olmsted Center that I am currently working on. To remind folx who may have forgotten, my position at the center is a Cultural Landscape Preservation Planning Assistant.  [caption id="attachment_12975" align="alignright" width="300"] Surrender of General Burgoyne...

Hello Everyone! Cold Harbor Camp at Richmond National Battlefield. Ely S. Parker sitting second on the right, 1862. Library of Congress.   For the last few weeks, I have been working on the cultural landscape inventory for one of the battleground sites at Richmond National Battlefield. While...

Hola amigos! As an undergraduate geology major, I have spent the last couple of years trying to understand our dynamic planet and the life it supports. Reading textbooks and traversing geologic wonders first-hand are two distinct experiences. Through these summer blogs, my hope is that...

Built to protect the Chain Bridge approach to the capital during Civil War, Fort Marcy’s earthwork walls and parade grounds are among the best preserved defenses from that era. Fort Marcy is a wildlife corridor great for walking located in Virginia.  You can explore the...

The things we do, our actions, can leave a lasting impression on the places we visit and the people we meet, so we must be cognizant and meaningful in our actions. When I first arrived at Point Reyes National Seashore, I knew I had a...

This week we celebrate Latino Conservation Week. LCW celebrates the contributions of Latinx people to the natural environment and creates opportunities to deepen and strengthen relationships with nature. On this week, organizations and communities across the country uplift and elevate Latinx voices and create  spaces...

Although Fort Raleigh NHS may not receive as many visitors as Cape Hatteras NS or Wright Brothers NM, we still value the participation of our guests. When I arrived to the park in the middle of May, the visitor's center already offered guests a way...

So far I have enjoyed the internship, and I have met incredible people that are part of Fire Island National Seashore. I have interesting and important people such as my supervisor Chris Olijnyk, whose family has been part of the park, including his dad and...

     When I look back to this past month and a half, I find myself admiring my hard work. Since I left home and arrived at my site, I have been gaining nothing but knowledge. When I found out that I was selected for...

Hi Everyone! In my last blog post, I had mentioned that due to the Pipeline fire and Haywire Fire that destroyed over 30,000 acres of land, I was evacuated from my National Park Service (NPS). This weeks blog post will focus on my adventures during my...

  Cotton Mill site  The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park is an area that stretches between Rhode Island and Massachusetts that is dedicated to preserving the history of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Until recently, the park was known as...

In my previous blog post, I shared a photo of myself working on something for Latino Conservation Week (LCW), a yearly celebration to highlight the role of the Latino community in environmental stewardship. Continuing the tradition, the main goal of my internship is to plan...

Working at a national park has been amazing so far! I’ve been here for almost two months and everyday continues to be a new adventure. Being in a different part of the country has definitely been an eye opening experience. I’ve loved getting to know...