South Dakota

When I flew out to South Dakota, I did not expect to be sliding down Badlands, holding onto my hiking pole for dear life, soon after my arrival.  The Northern Great Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network (I&M) travels to various parks in the area, monitoring vegetation....

Hello everyone! My name is Saida Burns-Moore, and I am a Mosaics in Science intern who will be working as an Education Assistant at Wind Cave National Park this summer. Hailing from Bronx, New York, my geological interests began after attending a camping trip in...

This summer I will be working in multiple NPS offices; Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Northern Great Plains Network (NGPN).  At Mount Rushmore I will be mapping social trails with GIS to determine how to restore and protect the vegetation affected in those areas. With...

My name is Sydney. I graduated a year ago from the University of Michigan (located on land belonging to the Anishnaabe peoples)  with a BA in Environmental Sustainability and Art. While in school, I spent several seasons working on farms, growing my curiosity of plant...

I am passionate about environmental justice, helping people and the planet. For me, environmental issues are inextricably tied with social issues and working at a National Park seems like a perfect opportunity to learn about these interactions in a close way. I was also excited...

When I was nine years old, I went on a school trip to a place called Camp Herrlich and here I had my first encounter with geology. On the second day of the trip, we met a camp guide who happened to be an earth...

My summer has been a long summer of new experiences. I started the program with never setting foot within the park that bordered my home. I hardly left the homeland of my people and I knew close to nothing about the National Parks Service. I did not have...

I am currently hiding away in an office while movers are outside. The vegetation crew and everyone else left for the week, but I am still holding it down here. I have been told that this move has been in the works since winter 2015 and today is...

Ethnobotany is defined as “Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous plants”. Most cases when you come across documents containing knowledge about ethnobotany it is written by someone who is now a part of the particular culture that...

I received an invitation to help some rangers with a wilderness hike. The plan was to meet at a campground and take visitors on a longer hike through the Badlands Wilderness Area. Those who are helping are Jessica the wilderness and wildlife expert, Mark the history expert, led...