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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.


Have you ever dreamed of being a park ranger and working in some of the most beautiful places in the world? You can make your dream come true by becoming a teacher-ranger with the National Park Service. The nationwide Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program is a unique professional development opportunity for educators to gain hands-on experience in the summer working side by side with park interpreters, researchers, patrol rangers, resource managers, trail crews, and other specialists.

What is a Teacher-Ranger?

The National Park Service's Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program gives K-12 classroom teachers a chance to spend part of their summer living and working in a national park. Acadia National Park welcomed its first teacher-ranger in 2007. Since then we have had TRTs representing seven different states. Priority is given to teachers in the state of Maine as well as teachers from schools with under-served student populations in urban and rural school districts.

Teachers spend six weeks working in the park. Shared housing is typically available if needed. The park provides a TRT uniform and a $2400 stipend and pays for related workshops, trainings, and classroom materials. Teacher-rangers develop lesson plans based on their park experience and when they return to their schools in the fall, share their TRT projects with their students and colleagues. During National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers can wear their TRT uniform to school and engage a wider education audience in presentations that relate to Acadia and the National Park Service.

What are the benefits?

To Teacher-Rangers:

  • Obtain a wide range of new knowledge and skills through working with park staff and partners
  • Gain access to an extensive array of teaching resources and tools to enhance classroom curriculum in multiple content areas
  • Receive a certificate of completion and an opportunity for graduate credit
  • Begin or extend a personal and professional connection with national parks

To Schoolchildren:

  • Place-based learning
  • Opportunities and resources to connect to their natural and cultural heritage in new way
  • Awareness of the possibilities for volunteering and paid employment with the National Park Service

What would I do in the park?

TRT tasks and projects depend upon the teachers' interests and skills plus current park needs. TRTs spend most of their time engaging with park education projects, learning about park resources, and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms and in the park with students. Their experience will also include exposure to a variety of field work performed in the park e.g. public interpretive programs, research studies, boat and road patrols, trail construction, community outreach, and volunteer projects. For a front-line perspective, read the teacher-rangers' blogs here.

How do I apply? Complete the application form and send to the park contacts below. There are positions on both the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic districts of Acadia National Park. Positions are typically filled by early spring.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Application

Any questions? For Bar Harbor, contact Cynthia Ocel, MDI Education Coordinator by email or phone; (207) 288-8812.

For Schoodic, contact Kate Petrie, Schoodic Education Coordinator by email or phone; (207) 288-1312

Acadia is one of many national park sites that hires classroom teachers to explore and learn about the diverse natural and cultural resources the Park Service protects. You can find other parks with a TRT program by following this link.
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Nancy delves into glacial geology with a captive audience.

Did You Know?

CCC members take a break from their work to admire the view along the ocean.

The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.