• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York


Teacher-Ranger-Teacher, Andrea Montalvo, gazes across the Watch Hill salt marsh.
TRT educators spend the summer in the park, exploring its features and creatures, to help enrich their students' experiences in the classroom. Teachers share their knowledge and perspective with park staff, enhancing future park programs, too.

Fire Island National Seashore's barrier island resources and cultural heritage make for fascinating, place-based study and discovery.

The National Park Service-wide Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program links teachers to national parks, providing an opportunity for educators to expand their knowledge base, gain first-hand experience with park rangers and research scientists in the field, and to spend time developing lesson plans for their own classroom. The partnership benefits the participating school district, the educator, and the National Park Service.

At Fire Island National Seashore educators work alongside park rangers, interact with visitors, and assist with updating our educational materials and web-based resources. This professional development opportunity requires a minimum time commitment during the summer months, and a stipend is provided. Housing is not available.

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Did You Know?

Three hard-bound books and portraits from the late 1800s are lined up on a dark table.

The Floyd family left to the National Park Service more than 3,000 books from their family's personal library. A number of books were written by descendants of William Floyd, who lived in the house at "Old Mastic." More...