[caption id="attachment_11235" align="alignnone" width="300"] Luis Vidal giving his presentation at Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center.[/caption] This has been one of the fastest weeks of the internship. It’s been exciting to see our Latino Conservation Week event really come together. We decided to split...

  This week's post was inspired by Pablo Neruda. More specifically, sonnet 17 - no te amo como si fueras rosa. This week was pretty interesting. I spent most of the week making sure that all my data was correct. I was scheduled...

I would bet good money that one of the things most LHIP interns share is that we are spending our summer somewhere we have spent little (if any) time before. I've worked a lot of jobs in a lot of places, but crossing the state...

Hi Everyone! Yesterday we had the 2017 NPS Youth Summit at Anacostia Park! It was such an amazing moment seeing everything my coworkers and I have been planing over the past few months come together. Youth programs from different parks in the region come...

Time is flying by. I am really enjoying my time here, and I am definitely gaining better insight on what type of career path I would like to follow within the National Park Service. The management here in the East Bay oversees four parks. Despite...

Hi all, This is almost the halfway point of my time in New Mexico, which is crazy! I don't want to think about it, though, so instead I just keep thinking about all that is yet to come. On the upside, the Upward Bound...

When I was driving down the Albuquerque alignments of Route 66 last week, I was struck by how familiar everything was. These were roads that my family would drive whenever we'd take my sister to kickboxing, the area where I spent my lunches during a...

Wow, I have never been on so many field trips in one week in my life! The inner kid in me absolutely loves it! This week I was able to go to the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, San Luis State Park, Zapata Falls, and the...

[caption id="attachment_11174" align="alignnone" width="800"] My picture in the newspaper[/caption] I spent more time with kids this week than I have in a long time. I worked on Sunday to help out with the second day of Homestead Days, and chose to be in charge...

Its been yet another busy week with temperatures reaching 115 degrees - but it's a dry heat! My supervisors representing the National Park Service, University of Arizona, and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, as well as myself and counterpart Magda, had the official neighborhood meeting...

What does safety mean to you? While we know it is important to protect and conserve land, we can’t forget about ourselves in the process. Reaching a goal or leading a cause takes time, energy and effort to develop and grow; it...

I keep thinking about the future involvement of Latinos with the National Park Service (NPS). Not only Latinos, but in reality all minority groups. Here at Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS), I am one of two people who are a minority. I felt an immediate...

Ha! Just kidding! If anything, this week has been everything but the worst. This past week I got to visit some of the parks that fall within the Intermountain Region. The first park we visited was Rocky Mountain National Park.  As I have said...

"Los mejores trabajos se encuentran aquí en California. ¿Por qué te quieres ir tan lejos? Because. Unlike most of the success stories my father hears from his trucker friends about their kids, I didn't turn out to be a star child. So, no estaba tan contento...

This week was my first week, and I only did a half-week since I started late. It has been an amazing, exciting, and tiring week. My first couple of days I got to meet everyone at the office. They have all been so nice and...

This week was definitely one for the books. I was able to go out and assist our park's geologist and Dr. Jim Zimbelman, a planetary geologist from the Smithsonian, with GPS mapping of our park's dunes. It was an honor to work beside Dr. Zimbelman,...

[caption id="attachment_10817" align="alignleft" width="225"] One of the YCC SOAR interns at the Junior Ranger table at the Visitor Center[/caption] This week was a pretty busy week for me, even having Monday off. I only have every other Monday off because I work a 5-4/9...

Hello everyone, The YCC Vegetation crew has been on a roll with removing invasive plants from restoration sites. So far, we have gotten rid of tens of thousands of jointed goatgrass plants, thousands of cheeseweed plants, pitseed goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri), and many other weeds....

[caption id="attachment_10971" align="alignnone" width="169"] Luis and Miguel at Tinkerfest at the Mid America Science Museum[/caption] This week I had the opportunity to attend Tinkerfest at the Mid America Science Museum. The museum is a very hands-on kid-friendly museum where they focus on...

Every week is busier than the last, and there has been a lot of training going on. Last week we had a staff meeting where we went over the park handbook. We discussed the dangers of ticks and how to best protect ourselves against them....