Teacher - Ranger - Teacher Program
What is the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program?
The challenge for the National Park Service is to provide opportunities for all Americans to connect to their national heritage as embodied by the national parks. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program focuses on the education community and engages teachers from schools that are not currently being reached by park programs. Through place-based experience, this program aims to offer opportunities for teachers to deeply connect with park resources, and a chance to gain a better understanding of civic engagement; of the relevance of these places have for all Americans; and the diversity of the sites that have been set aside by and for the American people. They, in turn, can provide opportunities for their students and other teachers to find their own connections to the parks.
What would I do at the park?
Teacher-Ranger-Teachers at Theodore Roosevelt National Park become part of the park’s Division of Interpretation. The participant will be given the opportunity to present at least one formal interpretive program during their time at the park. The Teacher-Ranger will also staff either the North or South Unit Visitor Center, work with Junior Rangers, and curriculum-based education programs for presentation by other interpreters.
During their time at the park, the Teacher-Ranger is encouraged to shadow employees from other park divisions, such as resource management, protection rangers, and trail maintenance to learn as much as possible about Theodore Roosevelt National Park and its resources.
The Teacher-Ranger will be given time during the week to prepare lesson plans for the upcoming school year. The Teacher-Ranger will also have the opportunity to attend the Teacher Summer Institute held in Medora June 15-16.
What is the time commitment?
Start and end dates are flexible, but the Teacher-Ranger is expected to commit to eight weeks of service between May and August. Park administrators will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
How can I afford to do this?
The park will provide the National Park Service uniform for the Teacher-Ranger to wear while on duty. In addition, they will receive a stipend of $300 per week.
Who is eligible?
The park accepts applications from all public or private teachers working with students in grades K-12. Teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Priority is given to teachers who work in underserved districts or whose students have limited exposure to the National Park Service. The park’s goal is to introduce all kids in North Dakota to the National Park Service.
What is expected of me after completing this program?
The Teacher-Ranger should leave Theodore Roosevelt National Park with enough information to develop tailored, curriculum-based programs that help students better understand both the work and the mission of the National Park Service, as well as specific natural and cultural history topics related to North Dakota.
In April, during National Park Week, the Teacher-Ranger wear the National Park Service uniform to school and present lessons to introduce students and staff to the National Park Service and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
How do I apply?
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