In August of 2010 six Japanese teachers visited Mt. Rainier National Park for the Sister Mountain Curriculum Project and Teacher Exchange Program. During the workshop, the U.S. TRTs (teacher-ranger-teachers), presented curriculum they developed to introduce students to the natural and cultural values of both Mt. Fuji and Mt. Rainier. Both mountains were used as a lens to learn about history, culture, geography and the environment. Highlighting the similarities and differences from a scientific and human perspective, teachers from both countries gained valuable insight to teaching techniques, curriculum and student engagement.
During the cultural exchange, the Japanese teachers experienced first-hand the majestic beauty of the park. Lessons were presented around the mountain and opportunities for exploration were provided.