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Hello again! In my time at Homestead National Historical Park I have done much more than I expected to. Recently, I had the opportunity to investigate a newly formed wetland on the park. This is not the first wetland on the park grounds, but it...

Our Travels :) Two weeks ago, five fellow NPS employees and I set out on a kayaking expedition to collect some soil samples on the Southern side of Jamestown Island, which is only accessible by water. Due to the levels of kayaking experience, as well as...

Sometimes, it’s hard to comprehend just how large Alaska is as a state. There’s mountain ranges and rivers and hills that seem to go on forever. Whenever I visit a new section of the state, like my recent trip to Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, I...

So far, my favorite part of this internship has been the diversity of projects and people I've been able to work with. While I have my primary project on Lowney Creek, I also get to be involved with a variety of other park initiatives. Here...

Cedar Creek This internship has been full of so many amazing experiences. However, if I had to choose one it would be my first day in the field. When I hiked along Cedar Creek for the first time. From the moment I left my car, it...

I had a little chat with Annie Runde, Mount Rainier’s Education Park Ranger. Annie has worked at Mount Rainier National Park for 6 years – the last year being an interesting one. Annie and I did not keep our conversation strictly to work topics. As,...

So far this summer I've meet quite a few ologists: botanists, fire ecologists, entomologists and anthropologists. Before going out in the field with any of them, my supervisor would warn "ologists are weird" and tell me a story about said ologist. Like how the state...

Even the most amazing projects can become less fun if you’re not working with the right people. Lucky for me, my mentor Meag is one of the most incredible humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. When I first arrived at the Grand Canyon,...

This week's adventure brings me in search of the Olympic Whitebark Pine! Last Tuesday I hopped on to a Ferry headed to the Olympic Peninsula. Once my ferry landed, I drove a few more hours to Olympic National Park Headquarters and had a meet and...

From June 25th through June 29th the Pacific Northwest (PNW) experienced record-breaking temperatures due to a heatwave. A heatwave is caused when a high pressure system settles over a region. Air is forced downwards and does not allow warm air to rise and so the...