Being a Colorado native, I was born for adventure and exploration. Coming from a Cuban-American background, my older brother and I have always had the support and love from an amazing set of parents. Although I grew up around the metropolitan area of Denver, the...

Hey everyone, my name is Gabriel Dobbins.  I am 22 years old and a recent graduate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have a B.A in Anthropology and Archaeology.  This summer I will be working in Colorado National Monument.  We will...

Hello again! My name is Katrina Cossio and this will be my second year interning at the Latino Heritage Internship Program, instead of going back to Little Rock, Arkansas, I will be interning at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota for the summer. I am excited because...

We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are. ―...

This is a story of how I had an adventure, and found myself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. I trust that this allusion to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit will serve as a firm foothold for what will surely be an adventure worth writing about. My...

This summer has been the best summer I have ever had. Not only did I get to live in a beautiful, wild place but I have also learned a ton about nature and animals. When I first came to Point Reyes National Seashore I...

Hello everyone, This is my last week interning at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Working in the archaeology department is an experience I am very grateful for. I applied my knowledge and experience in GIS over the summer but I learned so...

Sorry for this exceptionally long hiatus, I was out of town for about a week and a half and I didn't take my computer with me, hence this late post. Anyway, let me tell you about my last week working at the Santa Monica Mountains...

I couldn't ask for a better last week for my internship. I finished my summer interpretive kayaking with 3 wonderful families. They enjoyed kayaking for their first time and learning about Lewis and Clark and the importance of the river.  For the first time ever the...

The entire Santa Monica Mountains NPS team was invited to participate in the removal of Russian Thistle a.k.a. Tumbleweed from the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center in Calabasas. Here are some basic facts about the Salsola australis plant according to the Invasive Weed Field Guide...

It has been a great experience working for the National Park Service this summer. I spent my last few weeks with the Park History Program, finishing transcribing an oral history interview with the Richmond Chapter of the Urban Archaeology Corps at the Maggie L. Walker...

Hi Friends! This week I have another Latino Heritage Initiative research example to share with you. It’s the Bernal Family Home in Fullerton, California. The Bernal Family Home is significant for its key role in the Orange County Superior Court case Doss v....

My last two weeks at the Castillo de San Marcos were really eventful. We finished out our final week of Hands on History camp and I worked at the Junior Ranger station. I was joined in my last two weeks by the National Park Foundation...

Hello from San Francisco! My preliminary research on properties associated with NPS heritage initiatives has been ongoing throughout my internship. While I have found good leads, I have also identified significant stories and aspects of U.S. history that sadly might no longer have an extant...

Hi Everyone! At the NPS Pacific West Regional Office we have wrapped up the Discover SF! Youth Heritage Program. The students loved learning about their home city and I enjoyed learning about San Francisco alongside them. I truly had a blast visiting and learning...

As my internship is now winding down, I am looking forward to going back home and spending the rest of my summer with close friends and family. I am grateful for having the opportunity to spend the summer in Washington D.C. I loved working for...

As my internship comes to a close today I thought it would be nice to display the final sheet set for the Carnegie Mansion Pergola project that I worked on with Naomi. The both of us work extensively on this project for the...

My 10 week internship has finally come to an end. It started off slow but now its as if I just got to D.C.! Its a bittersweet feeling to have ended this internship but I am so excited to get back to my home in San...

It has been a little bit more than a week since I left my site, and I am taking this opportunity to reflect on my experience with you. Maybe some of these things will resonate with some of you. My favorite time spent at...