Program Overview

The National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program is an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. Teachers participating in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program will have the opportunity to engage in parks and park resources, participate in a webinar about lesson planning, develop at least one lesson to be used in their classroom or school, assist the park with an education project, and increase their understanding of place-based learning. Administration of the program, professional development hours and graduate credit hours will be made available to participants through the University of Colorado, Denver (UC Denver) through a cooperative agreement.

The emphasis of this program is to link National Park units and teachers from schools with underserved student populations in urban and rural school districts. Teachers spend the summer learning, and sometimes also living in the park. They perform various tasks depending on their interests and the needs of the park that focus on education programs of the NPS. TRTs spend most of their time engaging with park education projects, learning about park resources, and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms and in the park with students. Their experience will also include exposure to a variety of work performed in National Park units by employees from many career fields in the service. When TRTs return to the schools in the fall, they spend part of their classroom time presenting their TRT projects to their own students and to a wider education audience. These presentations can be connected to NPS outreach during National Park Week in April or at other times during the school year. In order to reach the greatest number of underserved students, parks are highly encouraged to recruit new teachers into the program each summer.

Program Goals

  • Increase outreach to underserved students by providing professional development training opportunity to their teachers.
  • Provide teachers with place-based learning experiences
  • Provide access to the rich resources of the national parks for inclusion into classrooms and schools
  • Provide teachers with new knowledge and teacher skills related to the resources and themes interpreted in the National Park Service
  • Provide parks with the expertise of teachers to inform and shape park education programs and services
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Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program at Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

During the summer of 2017, Kings Canyon National Park hosted two Teacher-Ranger-Teachers and it was a huge success! We hosted one teacher from Ohio and one teacher from Illinois, who spent the summer living and working in Kings Canyon. These teachers worked on learning activities and packets, which will be made available as backpacks. These backpacks will be available to be checked out by education groups, to use for self-discovery field trips. We anticipate that these backpacks will be available in Grant Grove and Cedar Grove in 2018, so please check with our visitor centers next summer!

We are sorry, but we do not anticipate having any Teacher-Ranger-Teacher positions in the near future at Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. If you'd like to find out about other Teacher-Ranger-Teacher opportunities at other national parks, please see the University of Colorado Denver's Teacher Ranger Teacher webpage.

Last updated: October 11, 2017

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