Life as a Gila Monster is fairly simple: sleep all day with periodic water and snack breaks. On a seemingly ordinary day, a Gila Monster woke up on a hot summer day feeling rather thirsty. Slowly, he lumbered from his fairly inconspicuous hole where he...

Hi Everyone & Greetings From Walnut Canyon National Monument! With every blog post I write, I get a little sad as it means I'm getting closer towards the end of my internship here with the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. While I do work at three National...

Part of my job as a Cultural Landscape Preservation Digital Media Resource Assistant at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation is highlighting the stories of a place that are often overlooked, or unfortunately forgotten. I spend hours in the afternoon going through articles and reports,...

Reading room within the Olmsted house, created with the purpose of having a space to view the entire South Lawn through. So far, I've been thoroughly enjoying my time working at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site! Given that it was the home of Olmsted's...

Gen Z: Born 1997 - 2010 Generation Alpha: Born 2010 - 2025 A summary of June 14th 2021: A travel bus pulls into the comfort station (rest stop) and out come 30 to 40 aspiring, young leaders. They are a part of Preserve America Youth Summit. It is...

Hi everyone, I hope this summer is going great for you all thus far. I am currently in week 3 of my internship as a Community Education and Outreach Intern at Fire Island National Seashore, and I have loved every second of it! I've even...

The history between the federal government and Indigenous nations is one full of betrayal and wrong-doing to the highest degree. This is a sentiment made clear by my initial steps as an intern with the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program here in Austin....

So far at John Muir National Historic Site, I have gotten a glimpse into the cultural resource and operational sides of the National Park Service. During my first week, I was given a tour of Muir’s archives at the park by the curator of his...

This week I went into Environment for the America's office and helped Griselda (see featured image) demonstrate how to dissect an owl pellet to a class of youth over zoom. Pellets are regurgitated undigested parts of a bird's food and a good way to investigate...

Hi everyone! This summer, I will be working to analyze and report out on Cabrillo National Monument’s herpetofauna community data collected over the last twenty-five in the park. Since starting my internship, I have visited Cabrillo National Monument to explore the historic and natural sites sites...

Looking back at my first week at Tonto National Monument, it seems hard to believe a week can be so dense with new information yet fly by so fast. I started my week shadowing other rangers trying to soak up as much information as possible...

Tonto National Monument located in Roosevelt, Arizona exists at the most Northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, and as a result, is home to flora and fauna from both the mountains of the North and the deserts of the South. The monument was the seventh...

At Saguaro! Saguaro National Park is a mystical place located in Southern Arizona. The park is full of mysteries, from strange looking cacti, to lizards that look like rocks, to the numerous unexplored canyons that can be found around the park. Each of Saguaro National Park's...

With the beginning weeks of the internship behind me, I have learned a lot & I am grateful to be here. I enjoy meeting with my team for our check-ins on zoom and in-person for hiking meetings, which we are hoping to continue weekly. I...

For my internship at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, I am tasked with researching the history of the original cemetery at Mission San Jose and the history of the small cemetery that is located in front of the church. Historically, mission cemeteries...

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument recently added new wayside exhibits, which are signs placed along trails to allow visitors to read and walk the trails. One of the two newly added wayside exhibits on the one-mile petrified...

As my supervisor told me about all the projects going on at the National Trails Office, I kept saying, “I didn’t know the National Park Service did work like that! That is so cool!” The diversity of skills, positions and projects in our office is...

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live at a national park? I will cover my experience thus far at Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes National Seashore View from Chimney Rock Hike. Description: Small green and brown shrubs in foreground. Dark green...