If you ask me what I like most about my internship in the NPS Office of Communications (OCOM), I cannot pick just one favorite part. The reality is all of the things that I experienced and that I accomplished are special in different ways. A screenshot...

Hi Everyone!It's, unfortunately, that time of year again. My internship has come to an end, and this will be the last blog post I write this season.When I reflect on the last ten weeks as a Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) Intern with the Flagstaff...

We went to Saugus Iron Works' nature side of the national park to met up with William Fuchs and to interview him about how he was introduced to the park service. During our discussion, we were presented with an opportunity to treat invasive species since...

My time at the Juan Bautista de Anza trail is wrapping up! As I reflect on this penultimate blog, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have partaken in a trail planning context and environment that has pushed me, challenged me, and allowed me...

Hi Everyone! I hope you have all been doing well and staying safe! With this week's blog post, I wanted to give you all a look into my daily routine with the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. (Also, before we start I wanted to give you all a heads...

Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) and Mosaics in Science interns at Big Sur (I am second from the left). A major reason why I wanted to participate in LHIP was to meet people like myself who form the current and the next generation of environmental stewards...

Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is responsible for interpreting a wide variety of history, most notably the story of the English Lost Colony of Roanoke. However, this is not where the history of the site ends,...

Although Fort Raleigh NHS may not receive as many visitors as Cape Hatteras NS or Wright Brothers NM, we still value the participation of our guests. When I arrived to the park in the middle of May, the visitor's center already offered guests a way...

Hi Everyone! In my last blog post, I had mentioned that due to the Pipeline fire and Haywire Fire that destroyed over 30,000 acres of land, I was evacuated from my National Park Service (NPS). This weeks blog post will focus on my adventures during my...

In my previous blog post, I shared a photo of myself working on something for Latino Conservation Week (LCW), a yearly celebration to highlight the role of the Latino community in environmental stewardship. Continuing the tradition, the main goal of my internship is to plan...

My task over the past few weeks working on the Anza trail? Making movement meaningful. That’s the big picture view of trail work—working to build, plan, and design through trailwork means thinking about what traversing different built and imagined pathways can do. Whether that looks...

Hi Everyone! Since my last blog post, there has been a major update on my internship and the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. As I mentioned in my previous blogs, my internship start date was originally postponed due to a wildfire (Tunnel fire) that broke out and...

Quick explanation for the title—my initials “DC” are the same as the abbreviation for the District of Columbia! The first few weeks of my internship have been a thrill! During my walk to and from the Main Interior Building (MIB) each morning, I reflect on how...

The sunset after our first big rain Monsoon season has started. We were greeted by our first rain on June 18th. I was out of town, planning to hike in the mountains of Pine, AZ. Thunderstorms get nasty out here, and when I stepped out of my...

We have a vegetable garden near the visitor center that grows corn, beans, squash, and amaranth. We water our plants daily and use an irrigation canal just like the ancestral people of Tonto Basin would have used. ...

Sewing on a Display Sleeve for the Freedom Quilt Reconstructed Freedom Quilt on Display at FRNHS. Eighteen working days into my summer internship and they have absolutely flown by! From my first day getting oriented with the area to my current schedule of giving programs...

Hi there, my name is David! Originally from Chicago, I am in the nation’s capital as the new Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) intern in the National Park Service (NPS) Office of Communications! I joined the bureau to spread the word about the natural and...