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"The chief aim of Interpretation is not instruction, but provocation." - Freeman Tilden How did Mount Rainier come to be? How did the rocks get here? Why are there ridges in seemingly random areas? [caption id="attachment_6643" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Park ranger Curt Jacquot giving an interpretive walk through the...

The project that I will be working on for the next couple of weeks is the Unstable Slope Management Program (USMP) for Federal Land Management Agencies at Coronado National Memorial. This program is meant to assess slope stability transportation related issues on federal lands. Geoscientist-in-Park...

This summer while at Shenandoah I will be working as a member of the Natural Resources Division on the botany crew helping with long term monitoring of rare and endangered plants. Within the park there are over 90 known populations of rare or endangered plants...

Founded in 1935, the goal of Shenandoah National Park was to create a national park in the east. The first national parks were created in the late 1800’s and were mainly in the West. In the east, the land was already developed and settled making...

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 have found that these mountains...

As I reflect on my history and how I came to be so interested in working in the world of field biology, I think back to my time at the Friday Habor Labs, a marine lab in the San Juan Islands of Washington State and...

Being in a huge, remote park with a small staff means the big projects, like mine, are saved for summers. This summer as a Bat Communications intern my main project is to manage acoustic monitoring data on bats. During the following nine weeks, I will be...

This summer I am working on a variety of projects such as air and water contamination, amphibian monitoring surveys, and fish larval sampling at Klondike Gold Rush NHP. The town of Skagway is a major cruise ship destination and the cruise ships that port in town...

Witness What? This summer I will be using G.I.S. and a GPS to map, and create a story map for Witness Trees in the National Capital Region. What are Witness Trees? A Witness Tree by definition is a tree that is associated with an important historic figure or event,...

It is the start of week four for me out here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This week I am doing more literature review and getting ready to take data next week. I am past training and get to work on my project for the...