The National Park Service is seeking qualified teachers who would like to participate in this summer's Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

The TRT program is a professional development opportunity for teachers who want to spend the summer working alongside park rangers and earn free graduate credit.

Teachers will work collaboratively on an educational project that updates existing lesson plans, creates new lesson plans, and aligns lessons with Ohio academic standards.

These lesson plans will focus on the Ohio & Erie Canal as part of the National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places website.

TRT's will also shadow park rangers, learn about park resources and park operations, and participate in summer educational programming.

"The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program is a great professional development opportunity where you get to learn methods in place-based education and interpretation and then put them directly into practice," said TRT and Woodridge High science teacher Charles Laurence.

"The TRT program also provides great opportunities to learn about the National Park System and have invaluable time to network with other like-minded people. Being able to work in a national park is a great way to recharge after a hectic school year," Laurence added.

For more information and application materials call Heather Berenson at 330-657-2796 ext. 112 or visit www.nps.gov/cuva/learn/education/teacher-ranger-teacher-program.htm.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.