Two weeks ago on August 7, the park-based interns walked over to the downtown area to meet with the Designing the Parks interns. We were able to meet with them and hear about what they have done so far in the internship as well as share about our experiences with Branching Out. All of the interns were either in college, working on their Master’s, or just out of college and were from different parts of the United States. There was one intern who came all the way from San Diego, California and another from Texas!
Once we arrived at their office, we started with some introductions and we (i.e. the Branching Out interns) shared about our experiences at our respective parks. Then, the Designing the Parks interns talked about their individual projects with different national parks spread throughout the East Coast. I was so impressed by the different tasks they had to complete! One of the interns, Kristi, worked on the Cultural Landscape Report for Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, which is located in Virginia. She knew so much about the history of the park and used computer programs to recreate a map of the park. Another intern, Sasha, worked on the cultural landscape inventory for the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and spent days identifying plants in the park and updating the inventory. It was very interesting to see the architectural design aspect of the national parks, and meeting the Designing the Parks interns made me realize that there is a wide variety of jobs in the National Park Service.
After meeting the Designing the Parks interns, we rode a ferry to Peddocks Island, where the Field Team presented their teach-back. As always, they did a wonderful job summarizing their week on the island. They talked about how they repaired the stairs with cement and cut down some trees to improve the view from the top of the hill. They were also able to do some tree climbing, which allowed them to cut off taller branches. After the teach-back, we concluded the day with some games and activities and rode back to Boston on a ferry.