Educator Development

The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program provides opportunities for teachers to connect to the resources in a national park site. Teachers develop lesson plans based on their park experience for use in the classroom and parks. The program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse student populations, who have little or no experience with national parks or limited opportunity to explore the relevance parks can have in their lives and the lives of their students.

Program Background

Classroom teachers are detailed as park rangers to Cabrillo National Monument through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement between their own public school district and the National Park Service. This program links Cabrillo with teachers from underserved school districts. Teachers spend 8 weeks working at the park. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park. During this time, the park provides a ranger uniform and a stipend ($300/week).

Once they return to school, teacher-rangers bring national parks into the classroom throughout the school year. During National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers wear their NPS uniform to school and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to Cabrillo and other NPS sites.


To Teacher-Ranger:

  • Obtain a wide range of new knowledge and skills by working with park staff and partners
  • Enhance their curriculum content areas
  • Gain access to a wide array of teaching resources and tools
  • Begin or extend a life-long personal connection with national parks

To schoolchildren:

  • Provide an opportunity to connect to their nation's heritage in new and creative ways
  • Learn about the possibilities for volunteering and paid employment with the National Park Service
  • Receive new tools and resources for exploring natural and cultural history

To Cabrillo National Monument:

  • Opportunity to reach under-served audiences
  • Build a network of enthusiastic, knowledgeable educators who are able to teach their students and colleagues about the ethics and issues of ecological and historic conservation
  • Enrich the park visitor experience through programming and visitor service offered by the teacher-ranger

Potential Park Experiences

Future TRT assignments and projects will depend upon the individuals hired and current park projects. Training in natural and cultural history and the National Park Service mission will be provided. Duties may include observing, preparing, and presenting public programs; staffing the visitor center; roving interpretation; assisting with field research; performing visitor surveys; evaluating school programs; providing community outreach; and working with other divisions in the park.

More Information

2018 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Application

Contact Amanda Gossard, Education Coordinator at or through our contact page.