Down the Home Stretch at Jewel Cave

I am surprised at how fast this summer has flown by. At the start of the internship, I thought adjusting to the interpretive position and the site’s location would be an uphill battle for the entire summer. After working at Jewel Cave all these weeks, I feel like I’ve established a second home in Custer. There have been some difficult moments, but they have been outshined by the entertaining experience of leading tours, making friends with my coworkers, and learning about geology, a subject I haven’t touched since middle school science. Our outreach events have also been a success. They’ve been crucial in allowing folks to hear about Jewel Cave, pique their interest, and provide information about our bat population. The art project also inspired me to research and uncover some unexpected Latino Heritage near Custer. After checking off the strenuous Wild Caving Tour earlier this week, I proudly say I have been on all four tours at Jewel Cave.

By next week, I will be back in the familiar DC area. While I still have a few more days before I fly out to the workshop (and home), I can say I’ve accrued plenty of experience which will help me in my future endeavors, potentially returning to the National Park Service. I am excited to meet the rest of the interns and hear plenty of fun stories about their parks! Hope to see everyone there!

On the Wild Caving tour, Jewel Cave’s most strenuous tour of 4 hours


Leading my scenic tour with fellow LHIP Intern, Tatiana Mihaita, visiting Jewel Cave


Jewel Cave National Monument’s Summer Interpretation Staff 2023

1 Comment
  • Tatiana Mihaita
    Posted at 13:35h, 27 July

    Had such a great time! Thank you for the tour <3

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