As America’s most diverse national recreation area, Lake Mead offers the opportunity for people to hike, boat, camp and fish, among many other fun activities. Throughout my time roving, I’ve witnessed people enjoying their adventure on the beaches, kayaking on the lake, and cooking by...

“We never travel to the past, the buildings take us there…” -Arleen Pabón, Architectural Historian It’s been almost a month since I started my internship at San Juan National Historic site and it’s been a process full of discovery and learning. I have...

[caption id="attachment_11557" align="alignright" width="225"] YCC Intern giving her Critter Chat Program[/caption] Hello! So this week was a pretty short week, but still very busy. I luckily had a four-day weekend because of the 4th of July, but that definitely didn't slow down the week....

      Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park [caption id="attachment_11502" align="alignnone" width="169"] John Muir's Home[/caption] Although a short week, it was one of the best weeks so far. Every week I feel this internship just gets...

So, my cornhusk doll-making skills that were featured in the newspaper last week are going to make it onto local TV. A local news station will be airing a documentary on Homestead National Monument of America sometime next week, and they wanted examples of different...

This week I actually learned that there are still protesters against the movement of the Freedom Riders National Monument. A few years back, there was vandalism at the site where the bus burned. Currently there is a sign that states that this is the location...

[caption id="attachment_11482" align="alignnone" width="200"] Fordyce Spring[/caption] With the 4th of July holiday, it was a pretty busy week here at Hot Springs. We had over 2,000 visitors on Monday. While I don’t work the front desk, I can tell when the Fordyce (the most...

I am at the end of my fifth week at Fire Island National Seashore. School is out and it finally feels like summer. The beaches are becoming packed with visitors of all ages enjoying the sun. I received my Personal Identity Verification Card a couple...

This week I trekked back to Mt. Wanda. The 580 feet (fairly small) mountain was first beloved by the Ohlone tribes, then utilized by the Spaniards and ranchers, and eventually protected and appreciated by John Muir and his family. Today, it belongs to all of...

One point emphasized in the many Route 66 oral histories I've looked through is how long it took to travel from place to place. It might seem obvious, but the way we experience travel today—getting on the freeway and driving anywhere between 60–80 mph—is not...

The looming program that I have been preparing for is finally facing me on Monday. Not only have I been worried about giving a 20-minute presentation, but this stress caused some serious writer's block. I am excited, though, because I know that after I do...

HELLLLLLLOOOO, I hope that everyone in their parks and anyone else reading this blog is having an enjoyable summer so far. These past two weeks have been a little mellow in terms of projects, so I have been doing more evening programs with visitors...

Hello everyone, This is the fifth week of my internship with the YCC vegetation crew at Grand Canyon National Park. We had a wonderful day off during Independence Day. I took this time to be with my immediate family and watch the Williams firework...

Last night I saw the most magnificent night sky and stars I've ever seen and probably will ever see. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a certified dark night skies park, which means on a night when there are no clouds and...

I have been fortunate enough during this internship to play many different roles at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Last week, I was asked to help the KLGO social media team take over the U.S. Department of the Interior's Snapchat. Interpretive Ranger Anne Lattka,...

I started this week off by going sailing out on the Bay on the park’s very own ship, the Alma. Sailing on the Bay From the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park website: Alma is a wooden-hulled scow schooner built in 1891 to carry...

This week I have finally finished the Freedom Riders National Monument Activity Booklet!! I am actually quite proud of it because I went in know nothing about graphic design, so it was a challenge. I also know that it is going into the editing process,...

There are three divisions of volunteers who comprise our effort to gain National Historic Landmark status for Tucson's old quarter, the Barrio Viejo.  One division - the fieldwork -  is recording the architectural details of each and every building in the quarter. This data is...

Welcome to the National Park Service. We have fun 'n games. This week was a short week. The office was closed because of Fourth of July. Nonetheless, there was a lot to do. I am currently working on justifying why solar panels would...

This week I got to step out of the office in Atlanta and head to Fairfax, Virginia. I was a Junior Faculty Advisor for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. This summit is at its 7th year and it holds...