Although these past ten weeks will only be a small fraction of time in my life, I can say that the memories that I created at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, will be ones that I could not possibly forget. I will remember the way the morning sun feels after it has crept over the canyon walls to … Read more
In my opinion, as biased as it may be, no place does Fall better than Colorado. Unfortunately, isolated points in time of beauty and grace are never eternal. As temperatures drop, so do the vibrant leaves that had once painted the mountain sides across this glorious state, taking their place in the seasonal cycle of change and new beginnings. Black … Read more
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
One of the greatest joys in my life is the ability to show off my beautiful place of work and happiness to the people I love most. This past weekend my brother and his family came to visit me at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. With this visit came my sweet 8 month old nephew, Todd. He got … Read more
In preparation for the Centennial next week, there are plenty of events, programs, and celebrations highlighting the park service and its successes. In this spirit, my involvements included our Employee Founder’s Day Picnic to take place next Thursday with over 400 people expected in attendance. Hala, one of our co-workers from Facility Management, has tasked us with the brainstorming and … 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
I feel like recent graduates draw a line in the sand between education and application. That $40,000+ degree from a brilliant institution is not the end of your educational career. Every experience in life is a continuation of your education. It is within your power and intellectual finesse to apply these teachings to real life events.
Personally, Black Canyon has … Read more
I would have to say that this past week at Black Canyon has been my favorite week so far. Before I dive into my reasoning behind the love I had for this week, I want to tell you about a little bird called the Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocerus minimus). If you ever wanted to know what the high society … 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
Mi viaje a Colorado fue un gran reto para mí, al mismo tiempo era preocupante para mi familia y mis amistades. Debido a que era mi primera vez que iba a viajar sola, ellos temían que me perdiera sola en un estado, que es totalmente desconocido para mí.
El gran problema es que yo consideraría que mi tercer idioma es … Read more