Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

Teachers work with students in a simulated fossil dig.

Teach Students About their Parks!

The National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program is an exciting opportunity for a local teacher to work and receive a stipend for educating students and visitors about the wonders of your local national monument. The purpose of the program is to provide teachers an opportunity to learn about NPS educational resources and themes while earning continuing education graduate credits through a partnership between the NPS and the University of Colorado (CU Denver). The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) will have a unique opportunity to enhance their teaching skills in science or history fields.

Obtain Professional Development Credits

The TRT program provides an extended professional development opportunity for teachers to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. Teachers spend the summer working with park staff on education projects, learning about park resources and visitor services, and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms. The program is a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver which administers the program and provides graduate credits to participants.

The TRT will be required to complete an agency background check, attend a TRT program webinar, and develop at least one lesson plan to use with their students as part of a 3-credit graduate course through the University of Colorado Denver.

Why Apply?

  • Obtain 3 graduate continuing education credits through University of Colorado, Denver
  • Engage in parks and with park resources
  • Develop at least one lesson to be used in your classroom or school
  • Assist the park with an education project
  • Increase your understanding of place-based learning
  • Link with teachers across the nation.
  • Receive a $3000 stipend upon successful completion of the project.

When Does it Start?

The program has flexible start dates and typically runs June through September. We are not accepting TRT applicants, but other parks are, please visit the National Park Service Teacher page to learn more.

Who is Eligible?

Any Oregon K-12 teacher can apply for a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher position.


Please contact the Education Coordinator by e-mail or call (541) 987-2333.

Last updated: April 9, 2020

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32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


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