How Time Flies!

As I’m writing this, we are two days out from the end of the conference. This whole experience feels like it just began less than a week ago! It might be because the conference has ended but my time in …

Intern stands in front of large volcanic caldera

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes

The clouds begin to break as the wind moves them up the slopes of the mountain. Peeking from behind the clouds is one of the world’s largest volcanoes, Mauna Loa. At the foot of that mountain is its younger volcanic …

Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’ve checked out some of the latest content on the Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, then you’ve likely seen some of my work this summer! My biggest project for my summer has been The …

Am I a Botanist Yet?

One of my goals for my summer as an NPS intern was to increase my plant knowledge. I realize that common plants in South Dakota will likely not show up too frequently back home in the Southeast, but I figure …

The History of Mount Rushmore

Though all national parks have complicated histories, Mount Rushmore National Monument is much more controversial and political than other sites. The monument was completed in 1941 by Gutzon Borglum. A member of the  Ku Klux Klan, Borglum’s prior projects included …

The Invisible Menace

This season I’ll be in charge of radon monitoring in the caves. Monitoring occurs year-round on a weekly basis, mainly on tour routes. The purpose of radon monitoring is less for the protection of visitors and more for tour guides …

A Summer Exploring Wind Cave

This summer, my focus will lie on creating a geology training manual for the Interpretation and Education division of Wind Cave National park. This geologic resource manual will help future park interpreters and staff effectively communicate the geologic history of …