(From left to right: Jane Mark- Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Planning Manager, Estrella Sainburg- Outdoor Recreational Planner for the Anza trail, Mattea Ottoboni- Midpeninsula’s Planner II, Jared Hart- Midpeninsula’s Senior Planner, Elizabeth Morales- Anza Trail Planning Intern, Kelly Gibson- Santa Clara County Parks and...

Discovering Lincoln: reading Picture Books and planting Seeds My first few weeks at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial have been quite busy! Our team has been actively organizing outreach events with various organizations to bring the national park experience directly to them. One of our recent events,...

First off I would like to start by saying let's goooo! I am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to immerse myself in a part of the history of California. Let us dive into a small crash course on the history of the Juan Bautista De...

Hello everyone! Logging in here from the Route 66 corridor in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico. When people think of Route 66, images of classic cars, family trips, roadside motels, and of course, the infamous "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" song come to mind. Often...

Good Afternoon. My name is Jaegar Loran. I'm originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and have moved to my site at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. I was able to shadow the park rangers everyday for the first week in order to find out how the park...

Over the past few weeks, I have been continuing my work on two of my mapping projects for my internship. The first, which I’ve written about in previous blogs, has been my cartographical work in the San Gabriel Valley.  Centered around Campsite 61, doing this research...

As I previously have written about on this blog, community partnerships at a national trail–especially the Anza trail–look different from the typical model of “outreach” at many NPS sites. For, rather than bringing something–managed, protected, and interpreted by us–to different communities, building trails inherently requires...

I have dreamed of doing park planning work for years. I have wanted to be in a role just like the one that I am in. I was extremely excited when I learned I would be working at a park as a trails planner, but...

This summer I will be helping build and maintain relationships with National Park Service National Trails Office partners who manage certified sites along four Hispanic Heritage Trails: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, El Camino de los Tejas, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Old...

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...

This summer, my internship is with the National Trails Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which administers nine historic trails and Route 66. However, the National Trails Office does not manage any land, like most NPS offices! The National Trails Office administers historic routes that people...