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As I begin the last few weeks of my internship here at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (BLCA), the stress of figuring out what the “next step” will be, is at an all time high. Luckily, this week gave me a little hope as to what I need to do, which is trust myself, and honestly pursue what … Read more
Debido a que San Juan Historic National Site nunca ha tenido un laboratorio de preservación histórica, decidieron dejarnos un local. Anteriormente, el dicho local era un espacio de almacenamiento de herramientas, equipos industriales de carpintería y de mantenimiento, en la cual tiene diversos nombres como “Bastión de Santa Elena”, “Casa Rosa” o “El Polvorín”.
El equipo de preservación histórica y … 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
Quiero compartir mi felicidad con ustedes, resaltando la fecha el 9 de septiembre de 2016 entre el voluntario Wilfred López y yo pudimos terminar la remoción de las capas del tubo del cañón Ordóñez. El trabajo comenzó con el tubo de Ordóñez en octubre 2015 con un grupo de voluntarios y empleados de San Juan Historic National Site, en … Read more
The summer of ’16 has been filled with everlasting experiences and memories. I began my first internship with the National Park Service and continued to work for the organization that allowed me to open multiple doors of opportunity: Groundwork Jacksonville.
Groundwork Jacksonville is a non-profit organization that seeks to restore Hogans creek and other waterways, as well as to create … Read more
Después de varios días de fallecimiento de abuela Martina. Me tuve que adaptar a un nuevo estilo de vida, ya que no soy estudiante universitaria a tiempo completo. Muy agradecida con el programa LHIP que me extendieron por diez semanas más para poder terminar y contemplar el proceso completo del proyecto de conservación.
Tan pronto que regresé a Puerto Rico, … 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
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
This is my last official blog post of my 13-week internship with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and Latino Heritage Internship Program. I have been an intern of the National Park Service, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, Hispanic Access Foundation, and Latino Heritage Internship Program. Many different agencies and individuals have made this internship possible for me, and I … Read more
Hi, my name is Olivia Caro, and I’m graduating from Grinnell College on Monday! I’ve been studying studio art these past four years and just turned in my very last project today, so I’m really starting to get excited to spend my summer at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska. I will not start until next Monday, that … Read more
I had written a blog post yesterday for you all. You will have to wait for that one and pay very close attention to this one. I am an LHIP intern. I work in Everglades National Park. I get no cell service and limited, government surveilled internet access. On that note, though this post doesn’t reflect the park service’s message, … Read more
Hi! A little introduction about me; I’m Jureily from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. This is my first summer internship working with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government’s oldest preservation program. I will be documenting building with the HABS Architect Robert Arzola. Robert has a lot of experience documentating historic buildings. Usually, the HABS team documented … 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
El cañón Ordóñez es considerado como un patrimonio fundamental para San Juan Historic National Site, debido a que es uno de los cincos cañones de este modelo que existen en el mundo ubicados en Puerto Rico, California, Cuba, España y Filipinas.
Según las investigaciones que he hechos con varios conocedores de Artillería, que para el año 1984-85… Read more
Hello everyone, my name is Brandon Cipriano and I am 21 years old. I am from the Bay Area, specifically Richmond. I recently transferred to University of California Davis to study Sustainable Environmental Design. The Latino Heritage Internship Program gave me the opportunity to work as an intern at Fort Point & the Presidio here in San Francisco. Some of … Read more