Settling into my new Home!

The new intern on the block

Well, what a week it has been! I never thought that a work week at a national park could be so exhausting! Just kidding! The time I’ve spent at Whiskeytown has been great, and I’ve already learned so many new things! The park staff has been so welcoming, and it is always great to meet new faces and get to know new people.

This week I got to work the beach booth at one of Whiskeytown’s beaches with one of my supervisor rangers’ Tyler. We got to inform people about the park and a few forms of wildlife that inhabit the park. This included having activities for some families and involving them in my first informal interpretative program! For my informal program, I taught people a little about fish and got some kids to make fish buttons. Each button had four different fish patterns from fish that can be found in Whiskeytown Lake. It seems like the Rainbow Trout button took the cake!

onwards to your destination!

In addition to my first informal program,’ I also got the chance to develop and implement my first formal program, which ended up being a kayak program that informed my fellow kayakers about the local fish species and their conservation and management aspects. My program also focused on educating people about the local Native American tribe known as the Wintu, how they utilized Chinook Salmon, and how much of an impact the Whiskeytown Dam had on their way of life. 

As well as having the opportunity to implement my first program, I also got to brush up on my kayaking skills and learn new kayak rescue techniques to ensure that I can help people when they need it the most! I even got time to explore the lake on my kayak to explore hidden coves and beaches that I could take visitors to during my programs. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the summer and can’t wait to see what’s next!

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