Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program
The Teacher Ranger Teacher program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CUD). The participants spend between four and six weeks in a NPS unit developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from CU Denver. The goal of the program is to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities. NPS aims to especially reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.
How Does It Work?
Teachers are detailed to Dinosaur National Monument and will spend time learning about monument resources and receiving NPS training. Teachers will contribute a total of 230 hours of effort, which includes 160 hours towards a major educational project, 45 hours of online coursework, discussion, course readings, and 25 hours of NPS operational experiences. Once back in their schools, teacher rangers bring national parks into the classroom throughout the school year. During National Park Week in April, teacher rangers wear their Teacher Ranger Teacher uniforms to school and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to Dinosaur National Monument and other NPS sites. Teachers receive a stipend of $3000.00 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements. They also receive 3 graduate credit hours through University of Colorado Denver.
How Do I Apply?
At this time, Dinosaur National Monument is waiting to hear if a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher position will be funded for 2015. Once we know about funding, we will post updated information and an application here.
For more information about the program and find a list of participating parks, visit the Teacher Ranger Teacher website.