As a Chicano who acknowledges both my European and Indigenous heritage, I think it is important for me to take into consideration ceremonial practices when conducting research.
During my college years at Humboldt State University, I was introduced to the concept of the Indigenous Research Paradigm. Shawn Wilson (2009) describes this paradigm as a way that guides our actions as … Read more
My project is really taking off now. This week consisted of meeting after meeting regarding this incredible planning effort that I am so fortunate to be part of! We had an all-staff meeting where I got to meet everyone who works in the four National Park Service (NPS) sites–John Muir National Historic Site-JOMU, Rosie the Riveter, Eugene O’Neill, … Read more
This week the YCC Vegetation crew and the SOAR crew split. We also sent our SOAR crew out on their own for most of the week. The interns who are involved in maintenance, the auto shop, the signs shop, and wildlife got to go meet with their groups for the whole week. … Read more
I spent a lot of this week starting and finishing my program that I will be presenting weekly here in the park’s visitor center. I saw how some of the other interns and volunteers had their own programs, and I decided since I had experience in presenting that I would do one too. One of the reasons I chose this … Read more
This past week has been very busy! On Friday we had an event where we searched for horseshoe crabs under the light of the rose moon. Despite being a late night event we had a good turnout. We had a nice size group of people and plenty of horseshoe crabs to see. It was definitely exciting to see so many … Read more
This week went by so fast. I am still in the background check portion of my internship. I didn’t realize there was so much to that. I also got my very first big assignment. I am in charge of making a Junior Ranger handbook and badge for the Freedom Riders National Monument. I had to do a ton of research … Read more
This week has been especially exciting for me, as I had the opportunity to explore some of the other national wildlife refuges and sites around southern Colorado. It was a day-long event and I went to Fort Garland Museum, Pike’s Stockade, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Punche Valley, and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. I went out and explored every … Read more
This past week I had a chance to explore a larger stretch of the C&O Canal Great Falls, MD section… this time in a Gator. For those of you who do not know what a Gator is, it is basically an ATV used primarily on large plots of land. This city girl had never been on a Gator so the … Read more
Inspiration comes in many forms. It can be a beautiful view, a moving quote, a touching story, or an accomplished figure. Touring three national parks with Dominique Dawes, inspiration resonated in all its forms.
Dominique Dawes, known in the American Olympic gold-medal gymnast community as “Awesome Dawesome,” visited Washington, D.C. to learn about three incredible national parks that preserve stories … Read more