Yesterday we had the 2017 NPS Youth Summit at Anacostia Park! It was such an amazing moment seeing everything my coworkers and I have been planing over the past few months come together. Youth programs from different parks in the region come to Anacostia and was able to meet one another and to kick off their summer program. … Read more
Time is flying by. I am really enjoying my time here, and I am definitely gaining better insight on what type of career path I would like to follow within the National Park Service. The management here in the East Bay oversees four parks. Despite the fact that they are very busy running FOUR parks, they are always in great … Read more
This is almost the halfway point of my time in New Mexico, which is crazy! I don’t want to think about it, though, so instead I just keep thinking about all that is yet to come.
On the upside, the Upward Bound event that happened last week went well! We had 72 students come from El Paso through … Read more
When I was driving down the Albuquerque alignments of Route 66 last week, I was struck by how familiar everything was. These were roads that my family would drive whenever we’d take my sister to kickboxing, the area where I spent my lunches during a summer program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, old paths that my mom would point … Read more
Wow, I have never been on so many field trips in one week in my life! The inner kid in me absolutely loves it! This week I was able to go to the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, San Luis State Park, Zapata Falls, and the Trujillo Homestead! Each place was so wonderfully beautiful, and the best part was that it … Read more
I spent more time with kids this week than I have in a long time. I worked on Sunday to help out with the second day of Homestead Days, and chose to be in charge of the cornhusk doll activity table. I still have the cornhusk doll I made at a similar event at a … Read more
Its been yet another busy week with temperatures reaching 115 degrees – but it’s a dry heat! My supervisors representing the National Park Service, University of Arizona, and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, as well as myself and counterpart Magda, had the official neighborhood meeting for all the property owners in the Barrio Viejo. This occurred after we sent out … Read more
What does safety mean to you?
While we know it is important to protect and conserve land, we can’t forget about ourselves in the process. Reaching a goal or leading a cause takes time, energy and effort to develop and grow; it relies on happy and healthy individuals to keep it going. But individuals can only unite and form strong … Read more
This week at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument we have the privilege of having a Hopi Youth Crew of seven young men and women from the Ancestral Lands-Southwest Conservation Corps, which is associated with the National Park Service (NPS) Native Conservation Corps, working with us in the park on our ongoing Vegetation Removal Project! Their help is much appreciated as … Read more
I keep thinking about the future involvement of Latinos with the National Park Service (NPS). Not only Latinos, but in reality all minority groups. Here at Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS), I am one of two people who are a minority. I felt an immediate sense of relief when I realized that I was not the only person of color … Read more