The Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher program is an extended professional development opportunity for teachers to connect with national parks through a summer work experience. Teachers selected as teacher-rangers spend the summer performing various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program allows parks to reach teachers and students who have had little or no experience with a national park setting and provides opportunities to explore the relevance that National Park Service sites can have in their lives.

Manhattan Project NHP Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

Teachers selected as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher spend six weeks working side-by-side with park rangers performing various duties such as developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, reviewing existing or developing new curriculum-based education materials, or undertaking special projects. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program provides a stipend and professional development credits.

Once they return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring their park knowledge and experiences into the school and classrooms throughout the school year to engage students, faculty, and staff in lessons and activities that relate to Manhattan Project NHP and other National Park Service sites.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher assignments and projects depend upon the individual selected and current park projects. Duties may include preparing and presenting public programs; assisting with field research; evaluating school programs, teacher workshops, and curriculum materials; or providing community outreach programs. Specific projects for each year and location are listed on the application.

To Teacher-Rangers
  • Enhance their curriculum in multiple content areas
  • Create personal connection with national parks
  • Gain access to a wide array of teaching resources and tools
  • Obtain new knowledge and skills by working with park staff
To Students
  • Provide an opportunity to connect to their nation's heritage in new and creative ways
  • Learn about the possibilities for volunteering and paid employment with the National Park Service
  • Receive new tools and resources for exploring natural and cultural history through national parks
To Manhattan Project National Historical Park
  • Opportunity to reach new or under-served audiences through innovative, engaging programs
  • Build a network of enthusiastic, knowledgeable educators who are able to teach their students and colleagues about the significance of national parks and heritage conservation
  • Enrich the Manhattan Project visitor experience through the programming and visitor service offered by the the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher.
All applications must include the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Two references
  • Completed application


Applications for the Hanford Unit 2018 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Manhattan Project NHP
Becky Burghart
2000 Logston Blvd
Richland, WA 99354

or emailed to rebecca_burghart@nps.gov.
Download the Hanford Unit 2019 TRT Application


Applications for the Oak Ridge Unit 2018 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program must be submitted by May 10, 2019.

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841

or emailed to daniel_banks@nps.gov.
Download the Oak Ridge Unit 2019 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher application.

Last updated: April 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Manhattan Project National Historical Park
c/o NPS Intermountain Regional Office
P.O. Box 25287

Denver, CO 80225-0287


(505) 661-6277
This phone number is for the Los Alamos Unit Visitor Center. You may also contact the Oak Ridge Unit Visitor Center at (865) 482-1942, or the Hanford Unit Visitor Center at (509) 376-1647.

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