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.
To Shenandoah National Park:
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.
To download the TRT informational flyer, click here.
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.
Did You Know?
Skyland was established by the owners of a bankrupt copper mining company as an attempt to recoup their financial losses. Copper was originally mined at Stony Man and charcoal to fuel the smelter was made on the lower terrace where the conference hall stands today.