Big South Fork Taking Applications for Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-2404 ext 260
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will once again be participating in the National Park Service program called Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT). This will be the third year for the program at Big South Fork. Applications and information will be sent to local school districts. A local educator will be selected from the applicants to work as a park ranger for eight weeks 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?
In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.