• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek


    National Park South Carolina

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  • Trail Conditions

    Trails have been adversely impacted by an active flood season and winter ice storms. They are littered with debris and many markers are missing. All hikers should use a compass and map when hiking in the park. A trail marking project is underway. More »

  • Paddling Conditions

    Numerous portages exist along Cedar Creek. Please plan accordingly when preparing to paddle in the park and be sure you are prepared for a safe trip.

Professional Development

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Each year Congaree National Park accepts applications from teachers interested in a challenging and fun professional development opportunity at the park in the summer. Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRT) work with park rangers for 8-10 weeks to develop lesson plans focused on park resources.

The teachers will learn ways to enhance their curriculum in multiple content areas using national parks. Assignments and projects will depend upon the individual hired and current park projects. Duties may include observing, preparing, and presenting educational or public programs, developing educational and interpretive materials and media, providing community outreach and working with other divisions in the park.

Training in interpretation and the National Park Service mission will be provided. The park will also provide uniform shirts and a $3,000 stipend. Selected teachers must be willing to undergo a Federal background investigation.

The nationwide TRT program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse student populations, who have had little or no experience with national parks or limited opportunity to explore them. Teachers from Title I schools are encouraged to apply.

The park is not currently accepting TRT applications. A sample application form is below.

Word Document Application
PDF Application

Click here for information about the nationwide TRT program.

For more information contact Chief of Interpretation Lauren Gurniewicz, e-mail us or 803-647-3969.

Did You Know?

Oxbow Lake

There are many natural lakes called “Oxbows” within Congaree National Park, which used to be bends in the Congaree River. Some formed thousands of years ago.