Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher on the river
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher on the river with the Rangers in Training program.

Are you a teacher? Have you ever dreamed of working as a park ranger in the summer? Well, here's your chance! New River Gorge National River often participates in the in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, a national program that brings school teachers into parks to learn how parks work and bring that knowledge back to the classroom.

The National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CUD). The teacher spends between four and six weeks in a NPS unit developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from CU Denver. The goal of the program is to train teachers in the resources and themes of New River Gorge National River so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities. The NPS aims to especially reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban or rural schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.

Park Contact: Mark Bollinger, mark_bollinger@nps.gov, 304-640-8731

Program Benefits

Benefits for Teacher-Ranger-Teachers
Participating TRTs have the opportunity to develop a personal connection with national park.

TRTs develop a wide array of teaching examples based on real life experience in parks and create "curricula enhancers" that highlight issues surrounding heritage conservation.

TRTs become life-long friends of the National Park Service and begin teaching an ethic of heritage conservation in the schools where much of America's future resides.

The selected teacher will spend eight weeks working alongside National Park Service staff. Teacher-rangers obtain a wide range of knowledge and skills by working with personnel of other park divisions.

Benefits to the School District
Other educators exposed to a teacher-ranger in their schools benefit from "curricula enhancers" and other resources. They also gain access to a wide array of resources and teaching tools.

Teacher-rangers join a network of resource specialists, scientists, historians, curators, and the teaching programs and resources of the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior.

School districts profit from having teacher-rangers who have been exposed to current resource-based issues and teaching activities.

Benefits to School Children
This program provides the opportunity for students to connect to the nation's heritage through the experiences of their teacher-rangers.

A variety of resource issues, based on the teacher's summer experience, are discussed in class. These might include historic preservation, deer populations and forest health, exotic species, and water issues.

Students learn about opportunities for summer and permanent employment with the National Park Service.

Students share the enthusiasm of a teacher who has had the opportunity to be a National Park Ranger.

Last updated: November 21, 2017

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