Saint Croix Island’s Summer Teacher Fellowship

Many classroom teachers dream about becoming a park ranger. Acadia National Park’s Teacher Fellowship is helping make those dreams come true. K-12 public school educators can spend four to eight weeks as Acadia Teacher Fellows in one of two National Park Service units in Maine: Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. Teacher fellows learn about diverse natural and cultural resources as well as the many park jobs needed to protect and preserve these resources. Five teachers total will be selected from applicants across the country to work in Acadia National Park with one teacher located at Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais. Local teachers are encouraged to apply. This exciting professional development program is generously funded by Friends of Acadia.

While activities at each park site vary, during the summer, teacher fellows interact with park visitors on public programs and on the trails. They shadow a variety of ranger programs, attend place-based training, participate in special events at the park, and much more. With the opening of the new climate change exhibits at Acadia’s Sieur de Monts Nature Center in June, teacher fellows will have an opportunity to develop climate change training sessions for educators using the interactive exhibits. They will also create lesson plans related to their summer experience to take back to the classroom and share with other educators through Acadia’s website. Newly acquired first-hand knowledge will enrich their curriculum throughout the school year and in particular during National Park Week the following spring. During this week, teacher fellows will introduce the important mission of the National Park Service to a wider audience of students, staff, and their community. Additional fellowship program benefits include a free class field trip to a national park site and assistance with designing an outdoor classroom at their home school.

The Acadia Teacher Fellowship program strives to connect teachers and their students to our national parks. Priority is given to schools with students who are underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, or have limited access to parks.  Preference is also given to Maine schools. In Acadia’s centennial year, the focus is on climate change education and/or schoolyard outdoor learning environments. Fulltime K-12 classroom educators of any discipline who are interested in applying can find more information and an application at http://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/education/development/teacher-fellowship.htm. The application deadline is March 1. For questions regarding MDI positions call 207-288-8812, Schoodic 207-288-1312, and Calais 207-454-3871.