What is a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher?
The Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher (TRT) program is an extended professional development opportunity for K-12 classroom teachers to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. Teachers selected as Teacher-Rangers spend the summer working with park staff on education projects, learning about park resources and visitor services, and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms. Once they return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring their national 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 Shenandoah National Park and other national park sites.
Shenandoah National Park TRT Program
Teachers selected as a TRT spend 8-10 weeks between June and August working on a specific education-based project that varies from year to year based on the park's needs. TRTs must commit to a minimum of 240 hours and are automatically enrolled in an on-line graduate course through CU Denver. The tuition is paid by the National Park Service. TRTs are required to submit at least one lesson plan as part of the graduate course. The TRT receives a stipend for successful completion of TRT program commitments. The TRT must be able to commute to Shenandoah National Park (Luray, VA) as there is no temporary housing available.
To Shenandoah National Park:
Shenandoah National Park recruits for TRTs with specific skills, grade levels, and subject matter expertise based on a specific education-based project each year. TRT project information is posted here and disseminated through the Virginia Department of Education. Teachers apply directly to the park by downloading and completing the application form.
Contact Tim Taglauer, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 540-999-3500 ext. 3488
Last updated: October 13, 2017