There probably weren't actually that many spiders this week. I just had my first encounters with Nebraska spiders. It all started last week, when I had some time between training sessions and helped the museum technician clean the one-room schoolhouse. I was wiping down a...

When working with the National Park System, it's easy to get caught up in the big and the grand. [caption id="attachment_10221" align="alignright" width="250"] Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone[/caption] Our parks are full of soaring vistas, imposing rock faces, thundering falls...

Having worked in construction building before decks and fences allowed me to transition into being an intern at the Small Boat Shop at San Francisco Maritime, but it's still a challenge. There's a lot of terminology and tools specific to maritime that I'm very unfamiliar...

This past week I was able to attend Alamosa's biggest festival of the year, called "Summerfest." In comparison to festivals that happen in Texas cities like Austin or San Antonio, it was incredibly small. I mean, I'm comparing to festivals like Austin City Limits (ACL), where Zilker Park...

Today marks the end of my first week! This week was all about getting to know the staff and the park and unpacking my internship project. For John Muir National Historic Site I will be developing a site comprehensive plan which will be a guiding document...

I have almost completed my first week here at Fire Island National Seashore. I started the Sunday after my birthday, and I was more excited about the internship than I was celebrating turning 23. These first couple of days have been a little slow but...

This summer I will be returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area after my first year of grad school in Chicago to work as an LHIP intern at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where I was an intern last year. I will be...

On June 1, 2017, the Washington Post published an article about The Negro Motorist Green-Book. African Americans traveling across the country through Route 66 used this resource (and similar publications like it) widely. It was more than a guidebook to help wanderers and tourists alike traverse the...

This week I left for a five day back country toad survey. My supervisor Molly and I packed our bags with warm clothes and gear and packed our bear canisters with enough food for the trip. The pack might have weighed at least 45 pounds....

The weekend before I headed to Yosemite, I attended the Xochilhuitl ceremony in which we celebrated spring. It was important to me to pay my respects as well as get my blessings from my elders before starting on my journey in Yosemite National Park. Once...

Que Onda Plebe, My name is Geovanni (Nanacatl), and I recently graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Applied Ecology as well with a Minor In Geospatial Analysis. I am originally from the Santa Ana/Anaheim area of California. My...

Saludos, I am done with my training now! Yesterday I completed my First Aid and CPR certification training, and am ready to (hopefully) handle whatever comes my way while here at work and maybe in life. Now, since I am done with the training,...

Hello everyone! I have finally arrived to the East Bay Area of California, and have just begun my position at John Muir National Historic Site. I feel thrilled and grateful to have been given another opportunity to intern for the Latino Heritage Internship Program. I...

My name is Eduardo J. Chaidez, and I was born and raised in Oakland, California. Like many other high school Latinx students from Oakland, I dropped out (only 54.4 % of Latinx high school students are graduating in Oakland, according to the San Jose Mercury). I...

[caption id="attachment_9667" align="alignright" width="300"] Everglades National Park crocodile[/caption] A few weeks ago, I embarked on a road trip from Southern California to Florida.  Growing up during the winter breaks my dad would drive the family from California to Mexico.  Familiar with road trips I...

While many of the other fellow LHIP interns get a view of the great outdoors, I get a nice view of the city in Downtown Atlanta! As much as I love being outside, I always found myself to be more of a city...

The days before my departure for my internship as the environmental educator at the Grand Canyon are creeping up quicker and quicker. The people closest to me give me questioning looks when I mention the butterflies I have for this newest journey. This is because...

  [caption id="attachment_9994" align="alignright" width="225"] Great Falls[/caption] Well after two full weeks of my internship with the team at Great Falls, MD on the C&O Canal I can gladly say that my time has been well spent! These two weeks have flown by...

Hello, everybody! My name is Rocio Gomez and I graduated last year from California State University San Bernardino with a BA in History with a concentration in Chinese history. While I was still a student I volunteered for a public archaeology project at Manzanar...

Well, I made it! After a long and desolate drive, the large Grand Canyon signs began to appear on the side of the road. With each mile my excitement increased. There were pullouts and overlooks every half mile. Thank goodness I resisted from pulling out...