Selected teachers spend the summer working as park
living in the park. They perform 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 special projects.
Each year, the program staff conducts workshops, gives
presentations, and exhibits materials on how places can teach American
history to people of all ages. Participating in a variety of
professional development opportunities for educators, historians, and
preservationists--including professional conferences, teacher
in-service and training, symposia, summer institutes, and other
activities--allows us to explain our program and demonstrate techniques
in person to a broad and diverse audience.
The following parks offer distance learning programs
that may allow
them to share curriculum-based programming about the park with your
students through the web, audio or video conferencing. Please bear in
mind that there may be limitations to the scope and technical
compatibility between the parks and your school.
Each of these university programs are designed for
interested in the antebellum period, the Civil War years (1861 to
1865), reconstruction era, and the social, cultural, economic, and
political developments in the North and South.