Acadia National Park’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program gives classroom teachers an opportunity to connect with different teaching resources in a park. The program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse or underserved student populations who have had limited experience with national parks. Participating teachers are provided with a ranger uniform, shared housing, if needed, and supplemental pay.

Teachers spend six to eight weeks working and living in the park. They have outdoor and indoor duties based on their interests and park needs. While here, teacher-rangers develop activities based on their park experience to use in the classroom and at parks. This experience can enhance their curriculum throughout the school year.

During National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers wear the ranger uniform to school and engage students and colleagues in programs that relate to Acadia and the National Park Service. Acadia hosted its first teacher-ranger in 2007.

For more information and an application, visit nps.gov/acad/forteachers/teacher-ranger-teacher.htm or call 288-8812. The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 9.

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