Hi all! I hope everyone had a good Fourth of July. I'm surprised at how fast it came. Sadly my first Independence Day in DC was dreary with rain. I was still determined to go see fireworks so I went to the park area (the...

I had written a blog post yesterday for you all. You will have to wait for that one and pay very close attention to this one. I am an LHIP intern. I work in Everglades National Park. I get no cell service and limited, government...

As LHIP interns, one of our goals includes trying to stimulate interest in National Parks among minorities, and specifically among Latinos. There are a variety of pathways one can pursue in trying to achieve this goal. One of the pathways I have decided to focus...

The importance of protecting our ancient heritage is ever growing. The amount of damage that exposed sites face in the wake of climate change is astonishing. Here on San Juan Island we see this first hand. The archaeology here is much different than what...

[caption id="attachment_6800" align="alignright" width="328"] Aqueducts[/caption] The C&O Canal has over 100 years of pure history. The government acquired the canal in 1938 and it soon became a National Park in 1971. It was America's early transportation; the C&O Canal began as a...

      As we creep into July, the days in the Capital region are getting hotter and more humid with little to no relief in sight. Our park has enjoyed weekends full of visitors enjoying the park's splendor with their friends...

Apart from a warming introduction to the park, the first updating news I received when I got here were that a wildfire –named Coyote Fire for operational purposes- caused by lightning, was extending on the top of the mountain to the wilderness and backcountry areas....

“What are you doing out here for?!” says every visitor that finds out I’m from San Diego, California. I tell that I got an awesome opportunity to work alongside the National Park Service that I couldn’t turn down, no matter where it was....

[caption id="attachment_6661" align="alignright" width="250"] Park HQ roof detail[/caption] Great news—I finally have somewhere to hang my hat! With so many Interns and seasonals working here at park headquarters, I’ve been sharing desk space and this can be difficult when I need to be focused....

The 11 YCC Interp interns are broken into special focus areas: Horse Patrol, PSAR (Preventative Search and Rescue), Drama, Videography, and Social Media. Since it has been the beginning of the internship for the kids too, we have been taking everything very slow, doing many...

  [caption id="attachment_6633" align="alignright" width="276"] Low clouds hug the Huachuca Mountains in the wake of monsoons[/caption] As we reach the monsoon season here in Southern Arizona and the scorching sun is hidden behind the thick clouds, our wildlife take the time to come...

Since I’ve been here at Colorado National Monument my weeks have been filled with a new kind of experience each week. There is so much to learn and a lot to gain from those experiences, I am surprised I can retain all the information thrown...

Eat plenty, eat plenty.   American Indian culture has been established and influenced the Southwest for centuries. Today, there are 19 sovereignly ran pueblos, or reservations, in New Mexico. One ancient, American Indian cultural tradition still reigns today are feast days. This historical...

Now starting to finally understand the system within our office, I have begun my own outreach and mini projects. Some of the projects I have been tasked with are shadowing and covering the efforts of the Urban Ranger program, going through Youth Corps manuals, and...

¡Hola! [caption id="attachment_6539" align="alignright" width="341"] C. B. Dempster, founder of the Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company.[/caption] This week I focused on organizing the records for the Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company project. My task for the Dempster archives is to sort through boxes of the...

This week marks the first official week of summer here in New York as schools are out and the sites at Fire Island are finally open at summer business hours. The change is definitely quite noticeable, as the ferry counts grow and the temperatures rise....

Working at this park this past week has been incredible. This week was the first time I got off of the mainland and onto an island. We headed out to east Anacapa Island for eight days. The tour called for renovations on the visitor center....

It’s the third week already! With National Get Outdoor’s Days, youth training, and getting oriented with new co-workers, I must say I really love my internship. Now finally spending time at the office, I am beginning to really understand the structure of the National Park...