The Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) Program

January 27, 2008 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

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I just received the following email:



National parks enrich the lives of many in this nation. They provide access to the powerful ideas, values, and meanings associated with the remarkable cultural, natural, and recreational heritage of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) strives to provide opportunities for all Americans to connect to their national heritage through the national parks. However, these opportunities are lacking for some – often due to a variety of social and economic factors.

The Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) Program offers a solution, by linking National Park units with teachers from low income school districts. Under this program, selected teachers spend the summer working as park rangers, often living in the park. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park, or taking on special projects.

Then, during the school year, these teacher-rangers bring the parks into the classroom by developing and presenting curriculum-based lesson plans that draw on their summer’s experience. In April, during National Park Week, teacher-rangers wear their NPS uniforms to school, discuss their summer as a park ranger, and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America’s national parks.

For additional information about the Teacher Ranger program go to

What a great opportunity! Sounds like fun and educational and opportunity to do something of interest. Single teachers in particular may find this a grand opportunity!

Teachers often have to supplement regular teacher’s pay with summer employment. As a long tine teacher, I have had a variety of interesting jobs. I was a summer naturalist for the park district for a few years. That was fantastic! I am a biology teacher! One year I worked with the Attorney General’s office trying to resolve customer disputes with businesses. It was interesting but the pay was really bad! My best experience was a wilderness guide to the Quetico. I did that for three or four summers. Money was not too hot but the experience was beyond imagine! (I wasn’t married at that time!) I left the day after school and returned the day before.

Travel and jobs like the above only go to expand your experiences and make you a better teacher. Teachers who can share great tales capture pupil interest and allows the teacher to sneak in some learning!


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