The History of Mount Rushmore

Working at Mount Rushmore National Monument is a unique experience. Though all national parks have complicated histories, this one is much more controversial and political than other sites. The monument was completed in 1941 by Gutzon Borglum. A member of …

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 …

Exploring the Badlands

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 …

Get to Know Me

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 …

Hello!

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, …

Cave Hunter

There are many bright minds on the resource management team. One intern who has stood out the most in my mind is Hunter, a Geoscientists-in-the-Park intern. Hunter and I were both hired to do the same job: studying the geology …

All Work and No Play

Jewel Cave keeps me both mentally and physically busy during the work week. In addition to photo monitoring and structure mapping, there are always side projects that need to be done. One such project was installing a 2500‘ PVC drainage …

Call of the Void

Recreational caving is new to me. Sure, I’ve poked around in small caves with a flashlight, but they’d either end or become crawlways that I didn’t feel comfortable going through. Prior to this summer, my favorite cave visit was to …