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    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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Two Dynamic Teachers Wanted for Summer Professional Development Opportunity at Congaree

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Date: April 8, 2013
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969

Congaree National Park is accepting applications from teachers interested in a challenging and fun professional development opportunity at the park this summer.Two teachers will be selected as Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRT), working 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. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 22.To apply, visit http://www.nps.gov/cong/forteachers/professionaldevelopment.htm.

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

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.