In the Bridging the Watershed (BTW) program, National Park Service rangers work with middle and high school students to provide them with educational programs and park interpretations that deal with a park’s natural and cultural resources.
To get your park involved, get your rangers trained! In addition to special ranger workshops, rangers are encouraged to participate in the annual Summer Teacher/Ranger Institute for which they can earn graduate credit. Unique to the BTW program is the opportunity for rangers to help facilitate field studies in any of the national parks in the National Capital Region. Interpretive outlines and other resources provided on the web site make this cross-training possible.
As BTW partners, NPS rangers meet regularly to discuss their needs in the field, avail themselves of specially designed interpretive outlines, take advantage of the opportunity to cross-train, and can participate in special ranger workshops and the annual Summer Teacher/Ranger Institute for which they can earn graduate credit.