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Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“By merely looking at various initiatives across the country,” writes Jamie Rodriguez, “I’m truly witnessing the full breadth of governance and what direct democracy can actually entail.”
Aug 27 2017 | Out West student blog
“I have spent the past six weeks reading, hiking, climbing, and coding,” writes Zac Espinosa from the Henry’s Fork Foundation in Idaho.
Aug 23 2017 | Out West student blog
“Creating parks for people,” says Nate Marshall, “is no walk in the park. But the result – enabling millions to experience beautiful walks in a park – is undoubtedly worth it.”
Aug 23 2017 | Out West student blog
“That’s the nature of scientific work,” writes Catie Mong. “It can be filled with exhilarating days of field work followed by weeks of unglamorous data processing. But I wouldn’t trade a second of it.”
Aug 22 2017 | Out West student blog
“To achieve California’s ambitious climate change goals,” writes Anthony Ho, “we will need to look beyond new buildings and tap into the vast opportunities presented by existing buildings.”
Aug 18 2017 | Out West student blog
“Now more than just a hobby,” writes Miranda Vogt, “Ebird’s users have turned birdwatching into a citizen science goldmine – the gold being data that places like the San Francisco Estuary institute use to understand our environment and how we might help it.”
Aug 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“I've gotten into a habit of stopping at bookstores on my daily walk home,” writes the summer intern Juliana Chang, “and looking around to see what books I can find with the small acorn dotted Heyday logo on the back cover.”
Aug 15 2017 | Out West student blog
“Some consider Alcatraz to be one of the most haunted places in America,” writes Julia Anderson. “In the weeks I’ve been here, however, “I’ve never seen a ghost.”
Aug 14 2017 | Out West student blog
Yiyuan Zhang joined a group of Department of Water Resources interns to visit Oroville Dam, the largest earthen dam in the country and the site of a near-disaster in February, when the dam's spillway gave way under heavy outflows.
Aug 11 2017 | Out West student blog
”Navigating this complex tension” between archeology and enjoyment, writes Sandro Hall, “and finding innovative ways to couple preservation with outreach is one of the joys of working at Yellowstone.”

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Jul 17 2019 | Out West student blog
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Jul 16 2019 | Out West student blog
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