Teacher Training

Project Wild/Project Learning Tree
  • Hosted by Black Hills National Forest & Custer State Park
  • Date TBD  (Fall 2022)
  • Location TBD, Black Hills area

For anyone wanting to incorporate the outdoors / nature into their lesson plans, using fun and engaging activities, these three programs are a MUST for any teacher and educator.  The weekend workshop is slated for a Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning later this spring.  Academic credit will be available for those that desire additional teacher certification assistance.  If you would like to receive more information and/or be placed on a mailing list for more details, please send an email to Bradley Block, Recreation Program Manager, at bradley.block@usda.gov or call (605) 673-9239.

Teacher Academy 
  • Hosted by  SD Game Fish and Parks
  • 2022 Dates and Location
    • Rapid City- June 15,16,17
    • Sioux Falls- June 22,23,24
    • Pierre-June 28,29

Registration details will be available on April 1, 2022. Classes and Continuing Education Credits will be free of charge, undergraduate or graduate-level credit will have a nominal fee associated with it.


Professional Development Opportunity

The Teacher Ranger Teacher program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CUD).  The goal of the program is to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities.  NPS aims to especially reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.

Park Name:  Jewel Cave National Monument

Mailing Address: 11149 US-16 B-12, Custer, SD 57730

Park Contact: Aimee Murillo

Park Contact Email Address: aimee_murillo@nps.gov

Park Phone Number: Visitor Center (605) 673-8300; Aimee (605) 673-8330

Projected Dates of Detail: June 13-July 29, 2022 OR July 11-August 26, 2022 (Application due by close of business on Wednesday, May 25th)

Housing Availability: None (majority of work can be remote, but some on-site work will be needed)

Link for additional information: The National Parks Service | Teacher Ranger Teacher Program