We are starting to see fall colors in the park! It is estimated that peak fall colors will be here by next weekend and I am very excited to see it. The busy season is definitely starting too. These past days have been very busy...

Fall is now upon us here at Shenandoah National Park!   Lovely Morning Fog Foggy Morning Hike Fall time is my favorite time of the year, and I am so excited to be in a new place to experience it. I love the cooler weather, foggy mornings,...

A picture at the "Heart of the Sunken Forest"   Experiencing my first professional internship as an intern for the National Park Service and Environment for the Americas as part of the Latino Heritage Internship Program has been an amazing learning experience that has introduced me...

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...

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...

I love my internship so far. I love living at the park, working here and even spending some free time here. It’s beautiful and it honestly even feels like an escape from reality. But there is something that is missing… diversity.Having been in the environmental realm...

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...

     How did the time go by so fast? Two months ago, I arrived in the city of Frederick, in Maryland, alone and full of doubt. Today, I feel none of those things. As my journey has passed, my mind has been exploring new...

Hello everyone! LHIP has enjoyed my social media posts highlighting my park and has asked me to take over their social media accounts. This video is my takeover! Click on the video below to watch my social media takeover! https://youtu.be/J1bWntGRzEU Don’t forget to leave a comment or give...

Wearing a life jacket vest on a workboat. The last couple of weeks at Fire Island National Seashore have been my first experience as an intern; not only that, but they have been a good couple of weeks in which I have experienced what working...

So far I have enjoyed the internship, and I have met incredible people that are part of Fire Island National Seashore. I have interesting and important people such as my supervisor Chris Olijnyk, whose family has been part of the park, including his dad and...

     When I look back to this past month and a half, I find myself admiring my hard work. Since I left home and arrived at my site, I have been gaining nothing but knowledge. When I found out that I was selected for...

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...

Working at a national park has been amazing so far! I’ve been here for almost two months and everyday continues to be a new adventure. Being in a different part of the country has definitely been an eye opening experience. I’ve loved getting to know...

I have spent over a month exploring and learning about Fire Island National Seashore. The main duty of my internship is outreach and communication of unrepresented communities about the park. Fire Island is located on the southern part of Long Island, where an immense population...

     What comes to your mind when you hear the term invasive species? Alteration of habitats, reduction of biodiversity, destruction of native food sources? Well, the truth is, invasive species do all that and more. According to the National Park Service, “invasive species are...

This week was the first time I got to present my project to some people! Unlike others in the program who may be working on more tangible research projects with set variables and such, mine is a bit different. I got to choose my topic,...

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...

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...

Hi everyone! I am half way done with my internship!!! It has been a very busy summer trying to complete all of my tasks. What exactly am I doing, you ask? This blog post will answer your great question. Click on the video below to learn about...