The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program provides opportunities for teachers to connect to the resources in a national park site. Teachers develop lesson plans based on their park experience for use in the classroom and parks. The program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse student populations, who have little or no experience with national parks or limited opportunity to explore the relevance parks can have in their lives and the lives of their students.
Park TRT information is posted here and disseminated through teacher list serves. Teachers apply directly to the park by completing the application form below. The 2012 application is due February 17, 2012.
-2012 TRT Application (PDF)
-2012 TRT Application (.docx Word Document)
-2012 TRT Application (.doc Word Document)
Classroom teachers are detailed as park rangers to Cabrillo National Monument through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement between their own public school district and the National Park Service. This program links Cabrillo with teachers from underserved school districts. Teachers spend 8 weeks working at the park. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park. During this time, the park provides a ranger uniform and a stipend ($300/week).
Once they return to school, teacher-rangers bring national parks into the classroom throughout the school year. During National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers wear their NPS uniform to school and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to Cabrillo and other NPS sites.
Future TRT assignments and projects will depend upon the individuals hired and current park projects. Training in natural and cultural history and the National Park Service mission will be provided. Duties may include observing, preparing, and presenting public programs; staffing the visitor center; roving interpretation; assisting with field research; performing visitor surveys; evaluating school programs; providing community outreach; and working with other divisions in the park.
Contact Rick Jenkins, Education Coordinator by email or phone: 619.523.4573.