Applications are being accepted for summer seasonal positions.
The application period is open for summer seasonal positions. Please click on the "Employment" link for more information. More »
Nabesna Area ORV Regulations Proposed by Wrangell-St. Elias
A regulation package for the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve was published in the Federal register on Jan. 15. It is available for public review and comment for 60 days. More »
HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER TO REOPEN FOR THE SUMMER
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will re-open on April 1, 2014. More »
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource Commission
Nominations for candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission are being accepted through March 31, 2014. More »
Hearings Set for Hunting and Domestic Goat Restrictions
The National Park Service is holding public hearings in March on temporary restrictions for certain sport hunting practices in several national preserves in Alaska. WRST will also take comments on a proposal to prohibit domestic goats. More »
Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Each summer, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve strives to participate in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program.
The Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program is the centerpiece of the National Park Service's (NPS) Teacher Corps, a diverse collection of programs and opportunities for educators to partner and interact with the National Park Service. Teacher Ranger Teacher is a professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about National Park Service education resources and themes. Participants in the program shadow NPS staff working in natural and cultural resource management, environmental education, historical and scientific research or other career fields. Teacher Ranger Teachers also develop lesson plans based on NPS resources and produce a major education project during their experience. The program is a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) which administers the program and offers continuing education or graduate credits to participants. Available TRT opportunities and other program information is available on the CU Denver Teacher Ranger Teacher website.
For other teacher opportunities around the country, please visit the NPS webpage: Professional Development for Teachers.
Please Note: All TRT positions located at Wrangell-St. Elias are contingent on available funding.
If you have questions about the TRT program at Wrangell-St. Elias, please contact:
News about a TRT that worked at Wrangell-St. Elias:
Teacher-Ranger brings Alaskan wildlife into her Manhattan classroom.
By Kristi Neilson
June 9, 2011
During April 2011, Nancy Welch, participant in the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) program, celebrated National Park Week with her New York City students at Yung Wing School- Public School 124. Nancy and her 5th grade students, who attend school in the Chinatown section of Manhattan, have turned National Park "Week" into a month-long celebration of national parks!
Living in Manhattan, Nancy's students do not have many opportunities to experience nature and wilderness. Nancy often has to speak to her class with a microphone to be heard over the street traffic outside. Yet in spite of her students' limited exposure to nature, they are fascinated by the stories of the great outdoors, tales of survival, and wild animals. Nancy's goal as a Teacher-Ranger was to take the children on a trip to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve through her experiences, stories, photographs, videos, and classroom activities. When she applied, Nancy, who had had major open heart surgery, said this: "I want to work in a national park because I believe in them, and agree with whoever said that they are 'America's Best Idea'. I also feel indebted to nature for giving me a second chance and for the beauty and encouragement it has provided to me."
During the summer of 2010, Nancy Welch worked as a Teacher-Ranger at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska, where as a uniformed park ranger she created and presented children's programs. As part of the TRT program, Nancy went back to her school and wore her NPS uniform in the classroom during National Park Week this year. During that time she directed her students to earn WebRanger badges and she taught lessons about Alaskan wildlife using activities, book, pelts, and tracks that she borrowed from the park. The lessons were so popular, that word spread that Miss Welch had a wolf, bear and lynx pelt - making several other classrooms request to learn about them as well! It was impossible for her to teach the other classrooms, so she trained her 5th grade students to develop presentations about bears, lynx, and wolves. Several of her kids brought lessons of Alaska to other classrooms and helped kids to become WebRangers as well! One week of planned activities turned into more than a month of National Park lessons. Now all the kids at Yung Wing School want to become park rangers!
Nancy is very grateful for the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher program. She recently wrote: "Thank you, Thank you! I love watching (the kids) fall in love with nature. Can you please send 33 Wrangell-St. Elias Junior Ranger badges? I think (the kids) have earned it!"
Did You Know?
Vast, rugged, icy, and wild, Wrangell-St. Elias provides for lifetimes of discovery, reflection, recreation, and adventure.