ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Many classroom teachers dream about becoming a park ranger.
Acadia National Park’s Teacher Fellowship is helping make those dreams come true. Previously called the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher or TRT program, school educators will be hired to spend four to eight weeks at Acadia and learn about its diverse natural and cultural resources as well as the many park jobs needed to protect and preserve these resources.
The 2015 Fellowship program is being generously funded by Friends of Acadia. Four teachers will be selected from applicants across the country to work on Mount Desert Island; two teachers will be stationed at the Schoodic Education and Research Center, and one teacher will be located at the St. Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais.
During the summer teacher fellows interact with park visitors on public programs and on the trails. They assist researchers in the field, shadow a variety of park rangers, attend place-based training, participate in special events at the park, and much more.
The teacher fellows create lesson plans related to their experience to take back to the classroom and share with other educators through Acadia’s website. They use their new knowledge to enrich their curriculum throughout the school year and in particular during National Park Week the following spring. During this week teacher fellows introduce a wider audience of students and staff, as well as the community, to the important mission of the National Park Service.
Using personal photographs, stories, and interactive materials, teacher fellows inspire today’s youth with park-based experiences in their classroom. A class field trip to a national park and assistance with designing an outdoor classroom at their home school are value-added benefits of the program.
The Acadia Teacher Fellowship program strives to connect teachers and their students to our national parks. Priority is given to schools with students who are underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, or have limited access to parks. Preference is also given to Maine schools. Educators of any grade level and discipline who are interested in applying can find more information and an application nps.gov/acad.
The application deadline is March 31st. For questions regarding MDI positions call 207-288-8812. For questions about positions at Schoodic call 207-288-1312. For Calais call 207-454-3871.