This week I sat in on the Intermountain Volunteer Engagement Strike Team (InVEST) conference meetings which lasted three days here at the Intermountain Regional Office. The group was composed of IMR park volunteer coordinators, SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors, and our interpretation and education leadership team at IMRO. The group discussed the future of volunteer programs in parks and shared ideas … Read more
This past week I traveled 8 hours by train from Denver, CO to Grand Junction, CO to experience and audit the NPS Trails and Rails program that is operated on the Amtrak’s California Zephyr. The Trails and Rails program is staffed by volunteers who travel in the lounge car and present passengers with interpretive presentations about Colorado’s history and geology … Read more
This week I was able to begin writing the outline for a new NPS program, Ancestral Rangers. Working with Ancestral Lands, the NPS is aiming to create new permanent positions for native people. Here is an excerpt of some of the language in the document I created:
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“The Ancestral Rangers program is designed to bring on qualified native youth as
In my seventh week of my internship here at the Intermountain Regional Office I had the amazing opportunity to experience Founder’s Day. Thursday August 25, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To celebrate this milestone, the IMRO hosted a Founder’s Day centennial picnic for NPS employees, retirees, partners and their family.
In preparation I worked on … Read more
This was a week filled with meetings. After the LHIP workshop, we had a group Interpretation and Education review of what worked and what didn’t in last Thursday’s IMRO workshop. The meeting was productive in looking toward the future of the internship program and helping students get the most out of the final workshop.
Aside from meetings about my program, … Read more
Although this is only my fifth week working at the Intermountain Regional Office, this week I had the pleasure of participating in the Latino Heritage Internship Program culminating workshop from Wednesday through Friday.
On Wednesday I went in to work half day so as other interns were flying in to Denver. I met up with them at their hotel near … Read more
This week I had the opportunity to travel to New Mexico with my supervisor, Ben Baldwin, to attend the Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands ceremony. The Ancestral Lands program is a conservation corps program in which native youth volunteer to participate in crews. There are three different types of crews with youths varying in age from late high school to … Read more
This is the first week that I have had access to the DOI computer system. I finally had my background check cleared and my PIV card issued. I now have my own NPS email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and have been much more productive being able to use the Bison CONNECT services.
This week has consisted of a lot of odd jobs around … Read more
My week was highlighted by a trip to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO), the first NPS site I have visited since coming to Colorado. FLFO is a small park located about 2 hours south of Denver. On Wednesday, July 20 I drove to the monument with Isabel and Julia, other interns in our office. There were many small pastures … Read more
I have just about completed my first week working at the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Office and it’s been a fun week. I spent two days driving from Chino, California to Denver, Colorado to move out for the summer. My mom, dad and brother came with me through four national parks as a family road trip. We got to … Read more