Fruit for Days

This will be an extension of my previous blog, and there has been a lot to write about within the last two weeks!  I also know that I already wrote about all the delicious and beautiful things that come with the seasons, but it’s honestly...

Camp, camp, and more Camp!

Camp for work was expected, but little did I know that my summer would be filled with camping! After summer camps at the refuge, we also camped with Carlos and Oscar as well as other fellow interns through the Latino Heritage Program, Sal and Nancy. Lily...

Nature Camp at TRNWR

After months of planning, we finally started the TRNWR Nature Camp. This camp has an interesting set up because not only are there Naturalists leading the camp, there are also “Junior Assistants” which help gather and lead the younger campers. The idea behind this being that...

Greening the City Together

This week I had the great opportunity to get a sneak peek of a space that was in the process of being restored. As we looked out from the Chehalem Ridge, someone made a joke about adding a zipline, and thus started the age-old question of...

Following in your… Tire Tracks?!

They say the volunteers are the face of the refuge. This definitely rings true in the case of the Hatches. Travelling all the way from Mississppi, John and Bridget Hatch volunteer and travel across the U.S. In comparison to Bridget, John Hatch seems like a...

Highlights and Reflections

Something that I get from writing this blog is taking the time to reflect on what I do each week. It is easy for me to get so into the work that needs to get done, that sometimes I lose track of the reasons that...

School’s Out!

We walked in the classroom, arranged the activity, and rushed down the hall to pick up the students; we all knew the drill by now! We had a few more students than expected, but after doing this so many times, we came prepared. This was...

Getting Ready for Summer!

With the visitor’s center filling up with students and families, I think about how I have marked the beginning of summer. For me, summer would begin the moment school was over. We’d throw a big party, say goodbye to friends, and thus began the  days...