Cultural History Education
The LHIP intern will help create supporting curriculum materials for demonstrating how national parks preserve our histories, specifically stories that may be lost or watered down from generation to generation. The intern will contact and collect stories relating to the Cold War period of history in South Florida from multiple generations. These will be used to develop a lesson plan for teachers to analyze the stories and the value of preserving our history. For this effort, the intern will be paired with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher who can help guide the lesson plan writing. This a relatively new story that the park is telling with strong ties to our local Cuban community.
Since Everglades National Park was set aside for its biodiversity, the intern will also receive substantial training to better understand the complexities of the park's ecosystem. Additionally, they will be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including working in a visitor center and conducting research field work. Providing visitors with information and sharing their own enthusiasm for our national park resources is a great way to learn about all the park has to offer. Ideally the intern will also develop a short interpretive talk or guided walk about the park's resources. Interpretive staff and online courses from the Eppley Institute will help guide program development.
Some of their main objectives will include:
- Be introduced to the different aspects of managing a national park.
- Learn the foundations of interpretation and how to create opportunities for people to connect to their parks.
- Connect with local educators and better understand their needs and how park resources can help them.
- Learn how to write curriculum-based lesson plans.
- All degrees may be considered, but preferred fields of study include Education; History; Environmental, Physical, or Biological Sciences; Parks and Recreation; or similar studies related to the project.
About Everglades National Park:
Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, dry tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands, mangrove swamps and Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other. The Everglades are typically hot and humid from May through November. Temperatures reach average highs of 90°F, with humidity over 90%, and a heat index of over 100°F. Wet conditions and higher temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape.