I am happy to report that this week, I finally started sporting my BLM uniform! It is composed of many layers of brown clothing, including pants, shirts, jackets, hats, sweaters and of course not complete without a  couple of shiny name tags. Tuesday morning I felt very confident walking in to work, in my uniform, ready for my first ever staff meeting at Yaquina. The meeting itself was like most other staff meetings I’ve participated in, where we discuss the needs of visitors, as well as what needs to be done to maintain the park in the best condition possible. This was definitely a very instructive experience, that showed me just how vital team work and unity are to running a smooth operation.  Although I still have some training remaining, this week I was finally let out on my own! I ran the interpretive center desk, worked on tide pools and did some roving by myself. It was so awesome to put into practice what I have been taught.
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Running the front desk was a lot of fun. Although scheduling tours is a very important task of the desk, providing visitors with overall information on the park and Oregon itself is extremely useful too! Visitors have all sorts of questions about how they can spend their time in the area and what activities the park has to offer. As I continue to familiarize myself with the area, I can become an even more useful resource to visitors who pass through.
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My favorite experience this week was roving at the tide pools. I got the opportunity to engage a family in learning about the tide pools and discovering the critters that make their home there. I especially loved interpreting for the kids in the family. They were just so curious and passionate about learning new information, especially concerning the sea stars and seals! Connecting this family to the tide pools was a great reminder to me about how important science interpretation is, especially for the younger generations. If we teach them the importance of  stewardship for the planet and conservation of its resources, they will hopefully carry these values into the future.
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Afterwards, I was able to help close the beach and collect the signs that set the perimeter for it. Some days are super windy and the tide comes up faster than anticipated, so it is very important to quickly collect signs so they don’t float or fly away! In addition, I was able to help close the entire park many times this week. As I continue to practice these skills, I will be even more ready for the expected rush of spring and summer, starting with this coming week. Spring Break here we come!

Categories: 2017 Interns

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