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Abby Adkins is my park ranger mentor at the New River Gorge National River. She has worked as a ranger for most of her career and still has the energy of someone in their first week at a new job. Abby wrote the grant that...

This summer I am working at Manassas National Battlefield Park (MANA). The park was formed on the basis of historical conservation and its cultural resources; however, I will be working on the natural resources this summer. MANA was the site of two battles in the Civil War, the...

For the past two weeks, I have been at the office conducting various tasks, but more specifically, conducting background research to help me narrow down a project topic. One of the topics I researched is the background history of the War in the Pacific National...

I’m about halfway through my summer now and the number one thing I’ve learned is persistence. Science is such a different thing than schooling. In school, the right answer is known. In science, it’s not. The data I’m working with represent the first time that colonial waterbirds in...

In honor of completing my 5th week, here are 5 things I’ve learned at Biscayne National Park: ISLAND VS. KEY FORMATION A key (or cay) is a low-elevation island made of sand or coral, formed on top of coral reefs when ocean currents carrying loose sediment...

In my time at the New River, I have learned many things about the types of visitors and education opportunities the park has to offer. However, on a ride-along with the resource management team, I learned about a potential relationship between our efforts to save...

So, what’s up with mimicry, exactly? For example, I’ve seen a few monarchs in the park this summer, and I’ve had to do a double take and make sure it indeed was a monarch I saw, because there’s an extremely similar-looking species, the Viceroy....

One of the many parts of my summer internship is leading a wildflower walk at Badlands National Park. Taking visitors along a popular trail while highlighting wildflowers along the way. It is open to everyone to come and go as they please. I will lead...

So far at Mt. Rainer, I have been on many adventures that will stay with me for awhile because how beautiful everything is out here. On good days any trail you take that has a decent view of the mountain will turn into an...

Welcome to blog number five from Point Reyes National Seashore! This week’s blog will focus on introducing an influential person: my supervisor Carlo Arreglo! Carlo Arreglo (left), Kevin García López (center), and Diego Morales (right) running visitor center operations (Photo by unknown). Carlo is an...