I start off my mornings by driving up the Oregon Coast to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. I'm surrounded by numerous dark green trees and mountains on one side and rocky cliffs that drop into flat sandy beaches on the other. It's been about two...

Deschutes River. Photo by Jessica Irwin. Before deciding to embark on this journey of an internship, I knew close to nothing about Idaho. Besides the fact that potatoes grew here. Nearly everything about the climate and culture here is new and exciting. There is so...

A typical day starts with me looking through my email and responding to any messages that require attention. About 10 min prior to the visitor center opening, I proceed to open up the center’s main entrances to allow our volunteers to have access the visitor...

CONWR Archery ProgramPhoto: Monty Tyner Hello Everyone, My name is Olivia Barragan Velasquez! I am a Visitor Services/Environmental Education intern at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Marion, IL. Here are my new somethings: Wildland Firefighting I've been in Customer/Visitor Services for 10 years. I am good at my...

View from the Mogollon Rim, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Wilderness First Aid Course As a part of my training and individual development plan, I had the opportunity to take a Wilderness First Aid training in Phoenix, Arizona. My wilderness first aid training was a 2 day,...

As a Support Services Specialist, my overarching responsibility is to support the Boise RMRS Lab. This often varies depending on what the lab’s present needs are. Some days I spend in my office communicating via TEAMS and email with various people involved in MRDE, completing...

Wildfire sunset in Wyoming, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lidbeck via Creative Commons. Last summer was the first that I spent living in the Western United States, but it was not the first time I experienced the effects of severe wildfires. In the summer of 2020,...

Hi there! I’m Andrea and I’m the new Education and Outreach Intern at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area! I’m excited to join the team here at Newport, Oregon and perform marine education, park interpretation and conduct some seabird research as well. I’m looking forward to...

Hello everyone! For this blog, I want to discuss some of the differences that I have noticed between my current internship site and my previous internship site. (Photo: Me removing the seed heads from jubata grass) As a reminder, this is my second Environment for the...