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"From climate change to civil rights, the job of the National Park Service is to stand behind and represent our nation's most challenging stories." On the first day of what will be two weeks of seasonal staff training, one of my supervisors stood at the front...

I have now completed my first week and a half of the internship (I started in the middle of last week), and I’ve got to say I’m pretty hooked on this place. The Pacific Ocean, the wildlife and the people here have welcomed me with...

Since its emergence in 2006, white nose syndrome (WNS) has killed over 5 million bats across the Northeast region. The disease is caused by a fungus that destroys the bats’ skin and wings, leading to dehydration or starvation. WNS has spread rapidly throughout the eastern...

I recently underwent a workshop sponsored by an organization called ISWOOP. The name means interpreters and scientists working on our parks. This workshop brought together park interpreters and researchers conducting studies at the Indiana Dunes to present ways for visitors to understand scientific research being...

Looking back on the last five days, friendships have been made and team names have been assigned! The second week of Summer Connections has ended and it has been a ball. The students got to explore the intertidal zone this week -- a very rich...

[caption id="attachment_1717" align="aligncenter" width="764"] Me at the visitor center of Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park[/caption] Let’s jump right into, a field trip to Brownsville, TX. At Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (PAAL), we start our Texas tortoises radio tracking study for summer 2017. The...

I spend a lot of my time counting. It’s essential for the research I’m helping with at Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS). I count in order to determine seagrass and macro-algal species composition, structural complexity, and percent cover of seagrass. These values will allow...

Another successful week at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! This week we focused on river user counts through cameras, and trail monitors. I got to go out and learn how to switch SD cards in the three cameras we have set up, and how to...

Hello to all of my fellow interns. My name is Jacobo Carrasco and I am the Santa Cruz River Education Intern at Tumcacacori National Historical Park (TNHP). I was born and raised here in Rio Rico, Arizona. I live about 15 minutes away from the...

This week I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Glacier National Park. We stayed in an amazing house in the research community in West Glacier, just outside the park entrance. We took part of the National Park service's citizen science program, which...