Estes Park, CO

Before coming to Estes Park for my internship, I did not know what to expect.  I had never lived in a small mountain town where the tourist seem to outnumber the residents and was anxious to see what it would …

Lily Lake Project Update

I’ve talked a bit about the phenology project at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, so now I’d like to update you on what’s been happening the last few weeks.  Once a week, I go out to Lily Lake …

History at Home

Since starting my internship, I have had the opportunity to live at McGraw Ranch, a historical ranch built in 1884 that has been preserved and repurposed as a space for researchers to live and work.  The ranch is named after …

South Dakota Adventures

This past weekend I went to Jewel Cave and Wind Cave with some of my fellow interns thanks to the efforts of EFTA (Environment for the Americas).  We went to Jewel Cave first, which was an impressive cave system whose …

Scenic Science

This weekend, I went down scenic trail ridge road on the way to the East Inlet Trail to help a researcher in the park with her sampling.  Her research project focuses on antibiotic resistant bacteria in streams in Rocky Mountain …

Limber Pines and Lily Lake

At the end of my first week in the Park, I have a handle on the two main projects I’ll be woking on this summer. The first project will be an anthology of all the research done in RMNP about …

First Day at the Park!

I have finally arrived in the state of Colorado for the first time! My journey from Washington to Colorado has been filled with changing landscapes, climate, and overall scenery. The drive from the Denver area to Estes Park provided plenty …

Rocky Mountains, Here I Come

As I anticipate my arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), I wonder what to expect in the geology of the Rockies.  As a geologist, I am curious to know how and when these mountains formed.  From my research, I …

Hello World!

Hello! My name is Saba Asefa and I am one of the Science Communication interns at Rocky Mountain National Park this summer.  I am originally from Columbus, OH and have had a love for geology and the outdoors since I …