Closures for Winter
December 2, 2013: Acadia is now in winter mode, which means that most of Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mt. road, is closed. Still open is the Ocean Drive section,from Schooner Head overlook to Otter Cliff Rd., and Jordan Pond area via Jordan Pond Rd. More »
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?
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.
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) 288-1312Acadia 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.
Did You Know?
The Passamaquoddy Kit is an educational tool for teachers to help teach students about Passamaquoddy culture in Maine. The kit is a collaboration between the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park staff.