1. What are the exact dates of the program?
The exact dates of the TRT program vary from park to park. Parks will select from two cohort options:
- June start: June 12th – July 30th
- July start: July 10th – August 27th
2. Program Requirements
There are three program elements:
- National Park requirement: 35 hours of NPS operations experience
- Graduate course requirement: Place-Based Education on Public Lands (3.0 credits; 45 hours))
- Joint National Park and Course Educational Project Requirement: 160 hours of effort towards development of a major educational project for your national park.
2. Program Stipend ($3000) for living or travel expenses
All TRTs receive a post-program stipend to help cover travel costs or living expenses while participating in the program. The stipend will be distributed at the end of the summer once the TRT has completed all components of the program. You will receive the program stipend in early October.
3. Is housing available in the parks?
Housing varies from park to park. Some parks have on site housing and some do not. Please contact the park you are interested in for more information.
4. Can teachers take their families?
Space for families varies from park to park. Please contact the park you are interested in for more information.
5. What types of projects are expected?
Projects vary depending on the needs and interests of the park and teacher. Projects may include applied STEM education materials and activities, review of park education materials, and National History Day projects. For a more complete list of project ideas please see previous teachers’ projects on our “Resources” page.
6. When are projects due?
- June cohort: July 23rd
- July cohort: August 20th
7. Is there Internet access in all the parks?
Internet access varies by park, but most parks have it. Please note that access to the internet is required for the UCD online courses to earn graduate credit.