• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park


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Teacher-Ranger confers with students

The Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher (TRT) program is an extended professional development opportunity for teachers to connect with national parks through a summer work experience. Teachers selected as Teacher-Rangers spend the summer performing various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park. The TRT program allows parks to reach teachers and students who have had little or no experience with national parks and provides opportunities to explore the relevance that national parks can have in their lives.

Shenandoah National Park TRT Program

Teachers selected as a TRT spend 8-10 weeks working side-by-side with park rangers performing various duties such as developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, reviewing existing or developing new curriculum-based education materials, or undertaking special projects. The TRT program provides a stipend and professional development credits.

Once they return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring their national park knowledge and experiences into the school and classrooms throughout the school year to engage students, faculty, and staff in lessons and activities that relate to Shenandoah National Park and other national park sites.

To Teacher-Rangers:

  • Obtain new knowledge and skills by working with park staff
  • Enhance their curriculum in multiple content areas
  • Gain access to a wide array of teaching resources and tools
  • Create personal connection with national parks

To Students:

  • Provide an opportunity to connect to their nation's heritage in new and creative ways
  • Learn about the possibilities for volunteering and paid employment with the National Park Service
  • Receive new tools and resources for exploring natural and cultural history through national parks

To Shenandoah National Park:

  • Opportunity to reach new or under-served audiences through innovative, engaging programs
  • Build a network of enthusiastic, knowledgeable educators who are able to teach their students and colleagues about the significance of national parks and heritage conservation
  • Enrich the park visitor experience through the programming and visitor service offered by the teacher-ranger

Potential Park Experiences

TRT assignments and projects depend upon the individual selected and current park projects. Training in Shenandoah National Park natural and cultural history and the National Park Service mission will be provided. Duties may include preparing and presenting public programs; assisting with field research; evaluating school programs, teacher workshops, and curriculum materials; or providing community outreach programs.

Application Process
Shenandoah National Park TRT information is posted here and disseminated through Virginia Department of Educators. Teachers apply directly to the park by downloading and completing the application form below.

The 2015 application to be announced in January, 2015.

More Information

Contact Tim Taglauer, via e-mail or by phone, 540-999-3500, x3488

This program was funded by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

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