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Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher Program Connects Parks to the Classroom.
Dover, Tennessee—Did you ever think you might be a Park Ranger? Experienced teachers just may get the chance through the National Park Service Teacher-to-Ranger-to Teacher (TRT) Program. Applications are available at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/fodo.
Steven McCoy, Superintendent at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, is looking toward the future. He wants to make sure that schoolchildren care as much about the history, cultural and natural resources, and the environment of the 148-year-old Civil War battlefield as he does. Most importantly, he wants to make sure that they understand why it’s important to protect America’s National Parks. This can be a challenge, but one that he believes can be helped with a partnership between local schools and the National Park Service.
“I believe this program will further our efforts to encourage citizens, especially students, to develop a sense of stewardship of our parks,” said Superintendent McCoy.
The TRT Program is beneficial for teachers, for students, and for the National Park Service. It began as a pilot program over ten years ago in the national parks near Denver, Colorado. The idea is for the Park Service and local school districts to team up for the summer, bringing in teachers to work as seasonal park rangers.
At Fort Donelson NB, teachers will be selected to serve either a six or eight-week internship. Projects may include developing lesson plans for the classroom, coordinating teacher workshops, or working on resource management projects. As for the teachers, they will gain a personal connection to the Civil War battlefield as well as new experiences—ones that can be shared with students or used to enhance their professional skills.
For more information, visit the park website: www.nps.gov/fodo/forteachers, or contact Susan Hawkins at 931-232-5706 x 104.