This Year's Teacher to Ranger to Teacher from Evergreen Elementary in Kalispell, MT
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406-888-7895
Rachel Brockway joins the Glacier National Park staff this summer as part of the Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher program. Brockway teaches second grade at Evergreen Elementary School. She says annual field trips with her students into the park during National Park Week spurred her interest in the program.
The Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) Program links National Park units with teachers from Title 1 urban and rural school districts. Selected teachers spend the summer working as park rangers, often 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.
Brockway is working at the Apgar Visitor Center and giving a variety of interpretive programs in the Lake McDonald Valley through early August. She says her favorite experience has been helping youngsters become Junior Rangers. Brockway says she is excited to share all she has learned about the spectacular geological formations in Glacier National Park when she returns to the classroom this fall.
For more information on the program, please visit the National Park Service website at : http://www.nps.gov/wupa/forteachers/trt.htm .
Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.