Closures and Missile Tests
Upcoming Missile Tests: From time to time the missile range that surrounds us performs missile testing that may require the closure of the park or Highway 70. Please follow the link below for up to date information on closures More »
2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL
The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.
Summer Monument Hours
The monument currently opens at 7 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Safety Corridor
The first four miles of Dunes Drive is a road safety corridor. Slowing or stopping in the corridor is prohibited. Dune Life Nature and Playa trails are also temporarily closed. The staff of White Sands National Monument apologizes for the inconvenience.
The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program links NPS units with in-service teachers from public and private schools. Teachers selected for the program spend the summer working in national parks as park rangers. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the parks. Download the informational flyer here.
The 2012 TRT program for each of the area parks is an 8-week program beginning in early June. All teachers receive an NPS uniform, and a $300 per week stipend for participating in the program. Please note applications are due on January 31, 2014. Specific questions about each site and its program should be directed to the contact person.Apply to be a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher this summer! Please remember applications are due by January 31, 2013. Download the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher application.
White Sands is an unique resource encompassing the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The TRT will be a full time park ranger in the Interpretation and Education Division performing traditional duties such as nature walks, patio talks, and staffing the visitor center information desk. In addition, the TRT will focus on the revision and explansion of curriculum development including resources available to teachers on the website. RV spots with hookups are available.
Contact: Kathy Denton, Education Specialist
Explore the world of ancestral Puebloan people of the Mogollon area. Put on the ranger uniform for the summer and work at Gila Cliff Dwellings! Our TRT will serve as an interpretive park ranger, help create website content, prepare and present guided tours of area archeological sites, and develop additional projects with the park's chief of interpretation. The selected teacher weill receive training and experience in all aspects of being an interpretaive park ranger. Housing provided.
Contact: Rodney Sauter, Chief of Interpretation
Guadalupe Mountains TRT will develop and teach children's summer programs, work in the visitor center, present interpretive talks, hikes, and tours, rove the park trails, and write curriculum relating to the park's natural, cultural, and historic resources. The primary position will be located at the Pine Springs Visitor Center but there may be other opportunities for programs at remote sites. RV spots with hook-ups and/or shared park housing are available.
Contact: Karl Pierce, Chief of Interpretation
The TRT at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will assist with ParKids, a three-week summer day camp for kids ages 7-15. The TRT will run the Kids Korner, a park based activity center for kids Pre-K and up. The TRT will also aid in the development and revision of curriculum-based school activities for all grades. They will also give orientations to large groups, prepare educational fee waivers, and prepare materials for programming. Park housing may be available.
Contact: Helen Fields, Education Specialist
Did You Know?
The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.