Shipbuilders, inventors, philosophers, and pioneers; the stories of the people and events that shaped our nation come to life for all who visit national parks. Parks are also places where budding scientists become familiar with ecological principles and natural processes through hands on learning activities, observation, and exploration. They are places where craftspeople practice centuries old building techniques next to historians researching the origin of communities and experts developing historic preservation policy and guidance.
Find out how your classroom, school, organization or family can participate in experiential, educational opportunities that bring you behind the scenes and stories of our national parks.
Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Join the Teacher Ranger Teacher Program and spend your summer working in a national park; then, during the school year, share your experiences with your students; creating a seamless transfer of knowledge between indoor and outdoor classroom settings.
Geoscience Teachers in Parks
Complete an internship at Mammoth Cave National Park through the Geoscience Teachers in Parks program and collaborate with park personnel, researchers, local university staff, and park partners while gaining field, lab, and classroom experience.
Check out three programs in the northeast that link teachers to forests, trails, and parks.
A Forest for Every Classroom is an award-winning professional development program for K-12 teachers of all disciplines. Across habitats and through the seasons, you will learn how to "read" and teach in the landscapes of Vermont from some of the best education and natural resource professionals in the state.
The Park for Every Classroom program was created to encourage education partnerships and community engagement, and to build collaborations among National Park Service staff, local community partners, and teachers to engage students in place-based learning that promotes stewardship.
Field Institutes provide a wide range of park based and outreach programs for your family, school, university or organization. Find out how you can participate in activities such as naturalist guided tours, backcountry adventure programs, photography workshops, and field seminars.
Last updated: April 27, 2018