All Blog Posts Tagged 'Academy' (12)

Reflections on Bering Land Bridge; Solstice day

It is solstice day in the land of the midnight sun. With over 21 hours of daylight, the summer sun truly does eternally shine on this prehistoric land. And so it is that, even though I grew up in the 'last frontier', I still find it difficult to find sleep with the sun blazing through the bedroom window at 10pm. 

But there are perks to this midnight madness.…


Added by Dev Dharm Khalsa on June 22, 2013 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

NPS Academy Great Smoky Mountains: Day Six

Today was service day! We had a choice between working on trail maintenance or

working with a group of ESL (English second language) students from a local

elementary school. I chose to work with the students - we were going to have

them outside exploring nature so that sounded great to me!

We had a bit

of a delay when the students weren't able to come out to the park and we had to

quickly adjust our plans and go to their school. We were split into pairs and…


Added by KP Prince on March 20, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments

NPS Academy Great Smoky Mountains: Day Five

I cannot believe I have already been here for five days. This week has FLOWN by

- I feel like it's last Sunday and I just arrived. I miss my friends and family

(especially Ames!!!!) but at the same time I don't want this experience to ever


Earlier today on Facebook I posted the picture of myself in the arm

splint and stated that I did not injure myself so nobody would think I broke my

arm... While I definitely have not broken any bones, I have injured…


Added by KP Prince on March 20, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments

NPS Academy Great Smoky Mountains: Day Four

Before getting into our activities for today, I have to mention breakfast. We

were spoiled with fresh fruit, yogurt, pancakes (absolutely delicious), eggs,

and blueberry muffins. I eat better here than I do at home!


breakfast, we set out to hike the Alum Cave Trail! The weather was...

challenging. It was very, very cold. I had on a base layer, a special warmth

top, a fleece jacket, a rain jacket, and then another fleece jacket and I was…


Added by KP Prince on March 20, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

NPS Academy Great Smoky Mountains: Day Three

This morning we were able to kind of shadow different park rangers and see what

it would be like to have their jobs. First, we got to work with an entomologist

- we collected aquatic invertebrates and looked at them under a microscope (in

case anyone was wondering about those interesting photos that I

posted). After that we met with a botanist and learned about how they manage

invasive species as well as raise native species to repopulate areas that have…


Added by KP Prince on March 20, 2013 at 9:53am — No Comments

NPS Academy Great Smoky Mountains: Day Two

We started the morning with breakfast at 7:30am, then had a few brief

discussions with some of our leaders and a fisheries biologist from the


From there, we took an hour drive to Cades Cove. We were originally

going to the Cove in the afternoon, but since the weather predicted rain around

2:00pm we did a little rearranging. We got to see a few deer in the Cove, but no

black bears. First we all became blacksmiths and made dinner bells - we learned…


Added by KP Prince on March 20, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments

NPS Academy Great Smoky Mountains: Day One

As expected, it was very hard to sleep last night - I've always been too excited

the night before a trip to get a good night's sleep. All in all, I probably got

about three hours of sleep. Got to the airport in plenty of time (no thanks to

the time change) and it's good I wasn't a minute later - the line tripled in

length within ten minutes after I arrived.

Overall my flights were great.

I flew from San Antonio to Dallas Fort Worth (why I am always stuck…


Added by KP Prince on March 20, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments

NPS Academy 2013 Has Begun!

NPS Academy 2013 kicks off this week with Session 1 in the Grand Tetons.

The mission: Enliven and diversify all levels of National Park Service staff by connecting talented young people with NPS careers. The means: National Park Service Academy. NPS Academy gathers young people from diverse communities across the country and brings them to either Grand Teton or Great Smoky Mountain National Park for a weeklong inside view of how US public lands are…


Added by Joe Thurston on March 5, 2013 at 11:53am — No Comments

The last few days of the internship...

As my internship comes to a close this week, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences here at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Coming into this, I was not quite sure what exactly I was going to be doing on a day to day basis; all I knew was that I was going to be doing natural resource interpretation.  At the very least, after having been an interpretation…


Added by Anna Rivera Roy on September 13, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

What An Amazing Summer at Glacier National Park

My heart nearly stopped when I received the internship offer from the Lead Interpretive Superintendant of Glacier National Park. My first question of course was, “Where’s that?” I had never heard of this particular national park and could not believe that I would be heading to north Montana. Beyond this, I had no idea what an interpretive ranger was. I had never taken any interpretive courses besides public speaking and wasn’t exactly fond of talking to large groups of people. However, there…


Added by Ashley Alvarez on September 13, 2012 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

legacy projecty

Hi everyone,

My legacy project is a tumblr and I thought, who else to share this with but all you beautiful SCAs. It's called, Dancing with Bears in Tennessee.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Emma Lena, Boston :)

Added by Emma Lena on August 22, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

SCA Alternative Spring Break a "life changing" experience for UNC Pembroke biology student Justin Duncan

University of North Carolina at Pembroke biology student Justin Duncan spent his spring break with the Student Conservation Association this year, and found it to be a life-changing experience! Rather than packing a swimsuit and heading to the beach, Justin packed a backpack and headed to Wyoming for the March 2012 National Park Service Academy in Grand Teton National Park.…


Added by Joe Thurston on May 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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