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 is participating 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. In the summer of 2017 the park will be seeking teachers for two exciting positions. Three teachers will be hired for six week Teacher-Ranger-Teacher positions assiting the park with an evaluation and updating of our curriculum based education programs, and 12 teachers will be hired for a four day workshop to help advise Teacher-Ranger-Teachers with updating the program.

New River Gorge National River Seeks Three Teachers For 2017 Summer Positions

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

Dates of Detail: June 19 through July 28, 2017

Stipend: $3000.00 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements

Additional Info: The project will evaluate, update, and revamp the park’s current educational programs to meet park goals and themes and incorporate WV College and Career Readiness Standards, STEAM components, and align with what teachers are teaching in the classroom.

Application Due: April 10, 2017


For further information about the Teacher Ranger Teacher program download the NPS Teacher-Ranger-Teacher PDF.

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.

 

New River Gorge National River Seeks Teachers for 2017 Educational Workshop


The National Park Service (NPS) at New River Gorge NR is seeking to hire 12 teachers for a four-day teacher workshop on June 26-29, 2017. These teachers will assist and advise the park’s Teacher Ranger Teachers with the evaluation, updating, and revamping of the park’s current educational programs to meet park goals and themes and incorporate WV College and Career Readiness Standards, STEAM components, and align with what teachers are teaching in the classroom. They will also help with the development of new programming as needed.

The goal of the workshop is to expose teachers to the park resources and educational opportunities available to teachers and students at New River Gorge NR. The NPS aims to reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban and rural schools to participate in the workshop.

Dates: June 26 through June 29, 2017

Stipend: $800.00 upon completion of four-day workshop

Additional Info: The park is seeking to hire six elementary grade teachers, four middle school teachers and two high school teachers.

Application Due: April 10, 2017

For more info on the workshop download the Educational Workshop flier

Download an Application

Last updated: March 30, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846

Phone:

(304) 465-0508

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