Latino Conservation Week at Hopewell Furnace National Site!

Latino Conservation Week (LCW) has finally come! Since the beginning of my internship, I have been looking forward to this week and our LWC event at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I partnered up with a fellow intern here to create an event to support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.

I am sure the other interns would agree that planning and hosting an event is not easy! Having absolutely no experience in event planning, there have been a few bumps in the road. However, working with the Hopewell team has enabled me learn the ins and outs.  The first step was coming up with activities to conduct during the event. Then we created an event plan where we added details, which our team members and future staff can refer back to. After dealing with all the logistics of the event, we started promoting it. I went to local communities and establishments to pass out our event flyer and spread word of our LCW event in person, in addition to promoting it via social media (a bit less personal, but it’s a larger platform that is easier to share events quickly). Furthermore, we sent out a press release out that published in the local news! Check it out!

When planning an event, all should know that obstacles can get in the way of its success, such as weather. This is exactly what we are dealing with for our event. Today, I was informed that it could be too hot (dangerously high outdoor temperatures) to throw our event on July 20th. Therefore, we had to come up with ideas on how to move the event indoors. Unfortunately, we had to cut out some of activities that could not be done inside and shorten a few programs to accommodate staff and visitors. However, we will still be able to host activities that teach our visitors about our park and give them an educational experience.

Although the event will not go as originally planned, I am grateful to still be able to do it and appreciate that I was able to plan this event with the help of the Hopewell team.

Fingers crossed for a successful day!

 Wishing good luck to the rest of the interns with their LCW events!

 Stay tuned for my next post on updates on how the event turned out.


– Jhulian


P.S   I hope you enjoy that cute picture of our sheep!


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