This week Cristina, the other LHIP intern at the Intermountain Region Office, and I got to do an outreach event with some Latino kids! We met up with a day camp for kids at one of the local parks in the neighborhood. With a partnership through Denver Parks & Recreation, these kids get dropped off at this local park to … Read more
This past Friday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend The Next 100 Coalition: Roundtable on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Outdoors. The Next 100 Coalition is comprised of more than 50 civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community organizations from across the nation that are committed to establishing a just and inclusive parks and public lands … Read more
As the Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) crew and Urban Rangers left after the camping trip, I was left up at Rocky Mountain National Park to begin a week full of learning! As mentioned in my previous post, this week I am working at Rocky Mountain National Park to do several things. For one, I’ll be shadowing a few staff … Read more
This past week has been rocky because I’ve gotten to spend all week up at Rocky Mountain National Park! It was not rocky as in a horrible time, but rocky as in the majestic Rocky Mountains!
My trip first started out with the organization Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) and their Urban Rangers! Throughout the summer, the ELK program hosts … Read more
Sometimes when things go by too fast you don’t take time to stop and smell the roses. Luckily this week wasn’t as busy as I have been recently, and so I was able to sit back with thoughts of amazement. I’ve already been in my position for about a month and a half, and words just simply cannot describe how … Read more
Ha! Just kidding! If anything, this week has been everything but the worst. This past week I got to visit some of the parks that fall within the Intermountain Region. The first park we visited was Rocky Mountain National Park. As I have said in previous blog posts, Rocky Mountain (ROMO) is the nearest national park to our Regional Office. … Read more
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Sunday, June 18th, I had the privilege of marching in the 2017 Denver Pride Fest Parade. It was amazing to see so many National Park Service (NPS) employees from different divisions, offices, and parks … Read more
Oh boy, this week was crazy busy! There was tons to get ready and do before the big day of Get Outdoors Day! Prior to starting this internship I had no idea that this event existed, which is an absolute shame! This event is a great place to get exposed to many agencies and organizations.
National Get Outdoors Day, or … Read more
This week, my work week started on a Sunday. This morning we left our Intermountain Regional Office to go spend a few days at the Colorado State University (CSU) Mountain Campus, to train Urban Rangers though the non-profit organization of Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK). This was the first time I had ever heard about this organization, so over the … Read more
My name is Jennifer Orellana, and I am the daughter of two immigrant parents from El Salvador. I am currently a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver studying Sports Management with a minor in Recreation Services. I enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, climbing, and everything that my Colorful Colorado has to offer! I can’t wait to … Read more