In her first week as a Science and Resources Management intern, Gabby Eaton learned about native plant restoration at the Glacier National Park nursery, examined the effects of wildfires along Lake McDonald, helped replant a picnic area in Many Glacier, checked game cameras along the Upper Quartz Lake trail, and helped archaeologists at Sperry Chalet record artifacts found after last year’s Sprague fire.

The rest of her summer was just as jam-packed with diverse jobs around the park, as she assisted rangers and researchers in their work. Gabby grew up in the area, and says that Glacier was the first place that sparked her love for nature and the mountains. Now she studies Ecology and Organismal Biology, and this summer’s experience has helped her learn more about what she wants to do, what sort of research is done in a national park and the impact that it can have.

Read her entire journal below.