As part of Branching Out NPS, we worked on a project at Adams National Historical Park. We had an education session which was really helpful for our project at Adams National Historical Park. We learned about preservation, maintenance, and cycle of maintenance and how we decide how to do what. We also learned about the history of the park, and why it is important. The park is important because the Adams family lived there from 1731 to 1927. John and John Quincy Adams were the 3rd and 6th presidents of the United States of America. We want the park to feel the same as to when the Adams family lived here, so that the next generation, and the generation after can experience the significance of this very park. In order to keep the park significant, we used different tools to cut down the hay, and then stacked the hay onto a pole. Some tools we used were scythe, sickle bar, pitchfork, hay rake, and pruners. Scythe was used to cut down hay, whereas sickle bar was used to do similar thing, but faster and better. We used hay rake to drag the hay into a pile. And then, we used pitchfork to carry and put it on the tarp, which then our technical expert, Jamie drove to the dumpster. Finally, we used pruners to cut off dead parts of rose plants, so that it can grow healthier. We wanted the rose plants to be more attractive to visitors. During the project, we faced some challenges, such as the hot weather, and the unexpected rain. But we also had our highlights, which were riding back and forth on the cart, and bringing hay from around the field to the dumpster. Basically, we did work while having fun. Before the project, the field was filled with hay all over. After the project, it was more grass than hay over the field. It became a more welcoming environment. This project helped keeping the park nice by preserving the historical resources, such as haystack for cows, and apple orchard. Jamie McGuane was our technical expert for the project, who was very helpful. He taught us how to use the tools, and also worked alongside with us. He has been working for NPS for 15 years total. As usual, we had our teach back, which is to acknowledge others about our project, and how it helped the park. In the teach back, we demonstrated using the tools/techniques we used. We also showed/passed around photos to give them a clue of how the park was before, and after.
-Mohamed and Daniel