The Teacher–Ranger–Teacher (TRT) program provides opportunities for teachers to connect to the resources in a national park. Teachers develop lesson plans based on their park experience for use in the classroom and parks.
Classroom teachers are detailed as park rangers to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park through an Inter-Governmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement between their own public school district and the National Park Service. This program links the Park to teachers from under-served school districts. Teachers spend 8-10 weeks working in the park. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park. During this time, the park provides a ranger uniform and a stipend .
Once they return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring national parks into the classroom throughout the school year. Then during National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers wear their NPS uniform to school and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and other NPS sites.
To School Children:
To Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park:
Potential Park Experiences
Did You Know?
In 1896, a year before the Stampeders travelled through Seattle to the Klondike, the city's total business receipts were $300,000. Within eight months of the S.S. Portland's arrival in August 1897 Seattle businesses generated $25 million.