John Day Fossil Beds Recruiting a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher

Students examine the "fossils" in a simulated dig outside of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.

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News Release Date: April 11, 2017

Kimberly, Oregon – John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program, offering a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend summer 2017 acquiring new skills in experiential learning. The program is a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado, Denver (CUD).

Participants will spend four to six weeks at John Day Fossil Beds, developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from the University of Colorado, Denver. The goals of the program are to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities and to reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1 urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program. Project options depend on teacher’s interest and background.

The Teacher Ranger Teacher program will provide 230 hours of effort: 160 hours of major educational project; 45 hours of online coursework, discussion, course readings; and 25 hours of operational experiences such as greeting visitors and answering questions about the site. Upon completion of the program and project, the teacher will earn three graduate credit hours through CUD, Denver and $3000.

The Teacher Ranger Teacher must be able to commute to John Day Fossil Beds as there is no temporary housing available. Interested teachers should obtain an application on the John Day Fossil Beds National Park web page at

The completed application must be received no later than April 30, 2017 to: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Attn: Michelle Ordway –32651 Hwy 19, Kimberly, OR 97848 or email us. For questions, please call 541-987-2333 ext. 1215.

Last updated: April 19, 2017

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