Professional Development

2012 Climate Change Workshop

Since 2009, the Parks Climate Challenge program has encouraged the use of national parks as classrooms to educate students about climate change through funding and facilitation. The ability to learn about this important issue through hands-on, science-based field curriculum, has proven an positive model through which to reach students.

Thanks to the generosity of the National Park Foundation, Capulin Volcano National Monument will be participating in the Parks Climate Challenge program and will host a Climate Change Workshop July 18-20, 2012. A three day training for middle school teachers from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado will learn not only the basics of the science of climate change, but also how to incorporate climate change into non-science subjects creating and cross curricular focus. Together the park and teachers will discuss aquifers, glaciers, oceans, volcanoes and how climate change affects each. Service projects with students will include hummingbird monitoring, native plant re-vegetation, and the creation of art to provide a visual representation of the impact of climate change to the public. Teachers will have the opportunity to bring their students back to the park to engage in climate change related service projects.

Capulin Volcano is seeking 15-20 middle school and high school teachers to take part in this three day climatechange workshop with USGS Climatologist Bruce Molnia. Participants will be a awarded a $500 professional development stipend to assist in covering travel costs. Teachers will also receive $250 stipend to fund a field tripand service learning project for their classroom in the fall 2013 semester.

Applications are due June 1, 2012. For additional information and an application, please contact Park Ranger Lynn Cartmell at (575) 278-2201 or email.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

National parks enrich the lives of many in this nation. They provide unique opportunities for people to connect to the cultural, natural, and recreational heritage of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) strives to provide these opportunities to all people regardless of social and/or economic status. As a result, NPS has developed the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program which reaches out to schools in communities that are underprivileged and underserved.

Together, National Park units and teachers from Title 1 school districts (at least 30% of students on free or reduced cost meals) bring parks into the classroom by developing and presenting curriculum-based materials and lesson plans. Under TRT, selected teachers spend the summer working as park rangers, often living in the park. They perform various duties such as presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, roving park trails, or taking on special projects. During the school year, TRTs return to the classroom using their summer experience to better inform their lesson plans. In April, during National Park Week, TRTs wear their NPS uniforms to school, discuss their summer as a park ranger, and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America's national parks.

Capulin Volcano National Monument is currently recruiting three TRTs for the 2013 summer season. Applications are due by March 1. These positions are eight weeks with flexible start/end dates and a $300/week stipend. Uniforms, training, and housing are provided. Applicants should be prepared for significant time periods of standing, walking, and hiking at a high elevation with little shade.

Information about the TRT program and applications for the 2013 season are available by clicking the links below. Specific information regarding Capulin Volcano National Monument and the TRT program is available by contacting Park Ranger Lynn Cartmell at (575) 278-2201 or email.

TRT Brochure

2013 TRT Application

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