In total, 60 teachers will participate in the workshops. The grant also provides bus transportation so the teachers can bring their students back to the national park on a fieldtrip through the “Parks as Classrooms” program. The program will serve teachers from East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
Additionally, two teachers will have the opportunity to conduct scientific studies in the Park working alongside staff, and to assist with summer ranger education programs. This initiative is called Teacher-Ranger-Teacher because participants pick up information and new ideas while performing ranger duties in the national park which they take back to their classrooms and to other teachers.