Hey everyone, its Cesar here and this week has been pretty hectic for me up here on the Prairie. We are going through a heat wave right now and the temperature has risen up to triple digits up here, combine that with humidity and...

Mile-a-minute vine or persicaria perfoliate is an invasive plant native to Asia that has spread on Grape Island, an island of Boston Harbor Islands. The leaves have a distinctive triangular shape and can be confused with wild morning glory, but mile-a-minute has ocrea surrounding the...

I can’t believe this is my last week as a National Park Service intern! The summer has gone by so quickly and everything feels bittersweet. One thing I know for sure is that I am incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to complete...

Hello readers, The past two weeks have continued to be fun and full of learning. To this date, we are still producing the digital drawings of our row house closing in on the end product. It has been very interesting working with the point cloud and also the field...

For weeks we had been preparing the commemoration for the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! This year's annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall was like no other! It featured music, flyovers, fireworks, and President Donald J. Trump “Salute to America.” In...

National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) was officially established in 1965, it contains more than 1,000 acres of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The National Mall is America's front yard, featuring the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials, 156 reservations,...

I can’t believe my time interning with the National Park Service is half way done. With the Office of Communications getting ready for Latino Conservation Week this July 13th-21st, I thought this would be a great time to get out, relax, and see a national...

Hello everyone! This week was a success as I did my first “Grant Tree Walk”! It was about 40 minutes long and I got to share with many visitors how important our role is in protecting Sequoia trees for future generations. I do have to...

The Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) was founded in 1961 by the director of the National Park Service, Conrad. L Wirth. After the unfortunate decision to construct Interstate 16 through the Ocmulgee National Monument, the director put a plan in place to survey, preserve, and cause...

With travel between Maine and Pennsylvania, these past few weeks at the Olmsted Center have been a whirlwind of learning and doing. Early in June, we (the Designing the Parks interns) were treated with a visit to Acadia National Park for a week of work,...

What is 563 years old, Latin, & on display at the Library of Congress? You guessed right, it’s the Gutenberg bible!   Twas the year 1455, when Johann Gutenberg decided to print one of the very first books on his very first mechanical printing press....

When my supervisor asked me if I would be comfortable handling bats I very quickly and excitedly answered “YES!” I have always enjoyed seeing these mysterious creatures flying around my campsites at dusk. As a birder, I would rush to grab my binoculars hoping to...

As a biology assistant intern, I will be helping the bat crew collect important data on the distribution and abundance of bats!   Bats are incredible little critters, they are a very valuable species that play a big role in keeping the insect population in...

Bienvenidos, My name is Vanessa Colegio and this summer I will be serving as an intern with the National Park Service coordinating volunteer outreach and recruitment. I was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and raised in Laredo, Texas. For those of you who may not...

Hi, again! I can’t believe I have already been interning in the Office of Communications & Office of International Affairs for a month now. These past weeks have given me a plethora of new opportunities, outside and inside the workplace, to grow communication skills vital...

Hello, Welcome back to my blog!   The past four weeks have been very fun and exciting over here in Washington DC. I've been learning so much about how to do proper documentation and using programs to process different kinds of data. The truth is...

Living at Sequoia National Park I have been fortunate to meet wonderful people from all over the country of different backgrounds. The quality of life here is much simpler than what I normally am used to in Los Angeles, but I actually really enjoy it....