Now accepting TRT applications for summer 2014!

Applications are due May 30, 2014!

The Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher (TRT) program is an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Services. Teachers participating in TRT will have the opportunity to engage in parks and park resources, participate in a webinar about lesson planning, and develop at least one lesson to be used in their classroom or school. They will also be able to assist the park with an education project and increase their understanding of place-based learning.


Classroom at Tule Lake Segregation Center


Tule Lake Unit TRT Program

Teachers selected as a TRT spend 8-10 weeks working side-by-side with park rangers performing various duties such as developing on-site activities for students to do while attending a field trip at Tule Lake, create pre & post lesson plans, review existing education materials, and undertaking special projects. The TRT program provides a stipend, and earn 3 graduate credit hours through University of Colorado, Denver. Once they return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring their national park knowledge and experiences into the classrooms to engage students, faculty, and staff in lessons and activities that relate to the Tule Lake Unit and other national park sites.



To Teacher-Rangers:

  • Obtain new knowledge and skills by working with park staff
  • Enhance curriculum in multiple content areas
  • Gain access to a wide array of teaching resources and tools
  • Develop a 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 the Tule Lake Unit:

  • 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
  • Development of on-site education activities, and pre and post lesson plans that can be shared with teachers and students

Potential Park Experiences

TRT assignments and projects depend on the individual selected and current park projects. Training in Tule Lake natural and cultural history and the National Park Service mission will be provided. Duties may include preparing and presenting public programs, assisting with evaluating school programs, curriculum materials, providing community outreach programs and helping to develop lesson plans for pre and post visit use.

Application Process

Teachers apply directly to the park by downloading and completing the application form. Applications are due May 30, 2014.

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