Department of the Interior
One of the best parts of this internship is learning about the different government agencies my EFTA peers are partnered with. This week the Oregon interns united at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The interns from Newport, Sherwood, and Astoria set camp up along the beach and shared jokes and stories around the fire. We watched the last embers burn out right around midnight. Covered with the smell of burning wood, I tucked myself into my sleeping bag. The next morning I woke up to the songs of various birds. We disassembled our camp and prepared for a day of work with the National Park Service.
Armed with clippers and hori horis we trekked through the forest in search of English ivy, holly, and hairy cat’s ear. That was our mission, but in reality we spent most of our time just hiking and picking salal berries, thimbleberries, and huckleberries. They were delicious!
Field work was only half of the day. The other half we spent at the Survival Camp Sal, the Latino Heritage Intern at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, was working at. There I learned to tie a few different knots and how to use a compass.
We of course did not leave the park without visiting Fort Clatsop, Scott Tucker, the NPS employee who made this trip possible, made sure of it. In addition to learning about the history of the fort, we also received an impromptu talk about hide tanning as a person in costume scraped away at a piece of hide in the background.