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Teachers! Spend your summer in El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments.

This is a professional development program. Teachers participating in the program will complete a three credit hour online course in experiential learning through the University of Colorado Denver while they also experience diverse functions of park operations through shadowing NPS staff. TRTs and NPS staff will plan a major education project to be completed by the teacher as part of the online course requirements. The project, depending on their interests and the needs of the park, could include developing and presenting interpretive programs for school field trips or summer camps, creating new content for the NPS educator's portal, developing curriculum-based materials for the park, or other special education related projects.

Teachers who successfully complete both the online graduate course and the NPS program requirements will receive a stipend that can help cover living expenses and local travel costs to participate in the program. Administration of the program, professional development hours and graduate credit hours will be made available to participants through the University of Colorado, Denver (UC Denver) through a cooperative agreement. Program Goals
  • Increase outreach to underserved students by providing professional development training opportunity to their teachers.
  • Provide teachers with place-based learning experiences
  • Provide access to the rich resources of the national parks for inclusion into classrooms and schools
  • Provide teachers with new knowledge and teacher skills related to the resources and themes interpreted in the National Park Service
  • Provide parks with the expertise of teachers to inform and shape park education programs and services
If you are interested in participating, please email the following to shannon_lobb@nps.gov:
  • Resume
  • What grade level and subject you teach
  • A paragraph explaining why you would like to be a Teacher Ranger Teacher at El Malpais National Monument.
Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024. Applicants will be notified by May 13.
Program Dates: June 10, 2024- August 2, 2024.

Additional Information:
email: shannon_lobb@nps.gov
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Last updated: April 3, 2024

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