Big South Fork announces Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-2404 ext 260
This summer, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will again be participating in the National Park Service program called Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT). Last year was the first time the program was offered at Big South Fork. A local teacher was selected for the position and by every measure had a very rewarding experience. Application forms and information have been sent to local school districts, and a local educator will be selected from the applicants to work as a park ranger during the summer. While wearing the National Park Ranger uniform, the teacher performs various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park, or taking on educational projects. The teacher then takes back to the classroom curriculum-based programs that draw on the summer's experience and introduces students to the remarkable American heritage that national parks preserve. Teacher rangers form a link between school children and national parks.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.