Wrapping up the Summer – Cape Hatteras National Seashore

When I first began the Fish & Feathers Internship, I never thought I would be exposed to such a fantastic work environment with the friendliest and most loving staff here at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Within my two months here, I have made connections with not only the team but many of the guests that drove many hours to visit the barrier islands and learn about their history of them while enjoying the programs that the Interpretive Division made for them. I provided new programs with the help of the fantastic staff in Buxton, NC, such as Shorebirding and a new fishing program set to be released this week to visitors tentatively named “Angler’s Academy.”

Looking back as my time here ends, I am thankful for all the experiences I have been a part of. Being able to help out with resource management as they patrolled the beaches for sea turtles and shorebirds was an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish. Working out of the Buxton headquarters, the Primary Keepers Quarters with Interp, but being able to visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to work on another program allowed me to get well acquainted with the First National Seashore of America, Being a part of the staff and a part of the programs that were already in place helped me establish the grounds I needed to create my own programs and gain the confidence to be independent when it came to talking with the guests and answering the questions they wanted answered. 

Thank you to all of the Interp and Resource Management staff here at Cape Hatteras National Seashore for helping me during this internship. Looking towards the future, I want to be part of a team that matches the energy you all had every second of the day, no matter where I end up. And lastly, thank you to the Environment for the America’s Staff for allowing me to go through this fantastic experience. From my time at the pre-internship workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park to my internship at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, I have made lifelong friends and experienced the thrill of being a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. The memories I have made this summer will be cherished always and forever.

Part of the Interpretive Division staff on Hatteras Island at a potluck. Pictured: Rangers Patti, Maddy, Chris, Jaelene, Frank, Stephanie, Chris, Ann-Marie, and Me.
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