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Teachers: Apply for Acadia National Park Fellowships!

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Teachers: Apply for Acadia National Park Fellowships!
Posted on 01/25/2018
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Acadia National Park became an outdoor classroom last summer for Reiche Community School teacher Kristen Fox, thanks to a teacher fellowship she won. As an Acadia Teacher Fellow, the grade 2 teacher got to  spend six weeks at the park, learning about its natural, cultural and recreational heritage and ways she could use that knowledge to develop lessons for her students. She’s now featured in a video about the Acadia Teacher Fellowship program that she wants to share with other teachers.

“I'd like to spread the word and see other Portland teachers apply for this magical experience,” Fox said.

To view the video, go to: https://www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS/videos/1951857214841824/?hc_ref=ARTWtW948oYb5o-0KRNZvQ4-ff_UCRpsZP670HrZukIRlxKZhCrgncEXKk08jLitSy8

Applications are open now through March 1 for six Acadia Teacher Fellowships this summer at Acadia, as well as a sister park, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais. The program, generously funded by Friends of Acadia and Dawnland LLC, encourages full-time, K-12 public classroom schoolteachers to spend six weeks learning about diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them.

The National Park Service website describes this summer professional development opportunity in this way:

Imagine spending your summer hiking through spruce-fir forests, exploring tide pools, or sailing on clear waters in search of bald eagles, porpoises, and seals. Leave your classroom behind to do all this and more as a teacher fellow at Acadia National Park. The Acadia Teacher Fellowship connects classroom teachers to the rich cultural, natural, and recreational heritage protected by Acadia National Park. The National Park Service provides teacher fellows with uniforms and shared housing, if needed, as well as a $400 weekly stipend. A certificate of completion and continuing education hours are available.

Teacher fellows become part of the park's interpretation and education division. Duties vary, but each fellow is given the opportunity to engage with the public on programs or on the trail. At the park, possible activities include time with trained interpreters, field researchers, protection rangers, resource management staff, trail crews, teacher institute, and citizen science. Fellows are expected to work on an education project for the park and prepare a place-based lesson plan that will be used in their classrooms and posted on the park's website.

Learn more, and apply online at: https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/education/development/teacher-fellowship.htm