Educators and Research Learning Centers
What education and outreach activities are available?
The facilities and programs of each Research Learning Center (RLC) can help you bring cutting edge research to your classroom. LC's can help create an ideal platform that can contribute to a multi-disciplinary and multi-media curriculum for diverse populations. Review the map on this page to find a Center near you and contact the education specialist there for more information.
Will the education programs and activities meet state or national standards?
Helping all students to achieve high academic standards is a typical and valid concern of many of the nation's districts and schools as well as of the federal government. Most Research Learning Centers have some sort of curriculum-based program that may include lesson plans, pre- and post-activities, and teacher's guides. The education specialist can assist you with meeting your requirements.
What other educational opportunities are available beyond the Research Learning Centers?
You do not need to be located near a Research Learning Center to participate in Park Service programs. The National Park Service administers over 385 national parks, monuments, seashores, etc. across the country. Each park has a menu of educational opportunities from which to choose and some offer on-line educational materials as well. Visit the National Park Service home page for more information and details about the park nearest you and to view the wide variety of educational services that are available.
Tips for Educators
The tips provided here are helpful hints for teachers and other educators interested in working with a Research Learning Center or finding ways to access resources from a distance. They will guide you in developing contacts and help you avoid common errors that may cause frustration resulting from your efforts at communication.
- Contact the Education Coordinator or Education Specialist as your first lead for obtaining more information. See the "Contacts" tab on this web page for details.
- If you leave a message, be sure to provide all pertinent information regarding the nature of your call - your affiliation, how and when you can best be reached, and what you may be seeking.
- If you are striving to meet educational standards at your school, be sure to describe clearly the standards you are seeking to obtain resources for information and materials of possible use.
- Have you checked the website for the Park or Research Learning Center you would like resources from?
- If you are in proximity to a Research Learning Center and would like to arrange a field trip, be sure to make arrangements well in advance with the Education Coordinator so your needs will be fulfilled.
- Many Research Learning Centers that have their own web pages have ideas for programs and activities that can be adapted for teachers/classes unable to visit onsite. Be sure to explore these sites to obtain.
The Park Service has numerous resources and partnerships that may be of interest to educators. A one-page resource flyer has been developed to assist you with an at-a-glance listing of many of the fine resources that can benefit the work you are doing. We invite you to explore these resources.
For more information on education and/or interpretive opportunities regarding national parks in your region, this list provides the primary contact people as a great place to start.
Education Division Publications of the National Park Service
in the 1930s
"To support and encourage these park programs, Director Mather made Ansel Hall chief naturalist of the National Park Service in 1923. Organizationally, Hall became chief of the Service's Education Division, headquartered at the University of California at Berkeley with the forestry school there..." Read more and link to the Berkeley Collection of Reports.