Program Description

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.

The emphasis of this program is to link National Parks and teachers from schools with underserved student populations in urban and rural school districts. Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRTs) spend the summer learning, and sometimes also living in the park. TRTs perform various tasks depending on their interests and the needs of the park that focus on education programs of the NPS. TRTs spend the majority 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. TRT experiences also include exposure to a variety of work performed in National Parks by employees from many career fields in the service. When TRTs return to school 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.

Program goals:

Types of TRT Projects that Support Goals

TRT training webinar slides June 13, 2013

TRT Orientation: