Published: March 28, 2019

As the weather improves, at long last, many of us are looking forward to heading into the wilds of our National Parks, and when we do we would do well to remember the vast teams of people whose hard work makes our outdoors so great and accessible. I’d like to introduce a few of the many remarkable students in CLAS who are taking experiential learning to new heights around Colorado and beyond by interning with the National Park Service. Through an agreement Associate Professor Rafael Moreno created for the  Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Caroline Hildebrand, Morgan Cameron, and David Smith have all been improving the digital capabilities of our public lands. When we think of our outdoor spaces more trees than technology may come to mind, but these CU in the City students know that our modern world requires functioning infrastructure to keep our remote places managed, and through GIS and other high-tech endeavors, they are making an impact before they even have their degrees.