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The Suburbanite
  • Four seasons: Park recruiting teachers as ranger

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking qualified teachers to work as park rangers this summer in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.

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  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking qualified teachers to work as park rangers this summer in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.
    Teachers work for eight weeks in national parks throughout the country and develop lessons to connect their students to the park during the following school year. Teachers can earn graduate credit for the experience.
    Participants also will wear National Park Service uniforms to school and present park-related lessons during National Park Week in April.
    This is the fifth year that Cuyahoga Valley National Park staff will include Teacher-Ranger-Teachers.
    “I am heading back into the school year with more energy, passion, and commitment to ensuring that my school-based community knows and understands the beauty that is in our backyard — the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” said Kristina Schroeder, a first  grade teacher from Nordonia Hills Schools in Northfield.
    Another past participant is Ellie Reagan, a fifth- and sixth-grade science and reading teacher at Urban Community School in Cleveland. Reagan started the Urban Outsiders program, during which students and their families will visit the park together on three Saturdays during the school year to hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country ski, and do a service project.
    She had one good-natured caution to teachers who want to apply for the TRT program.
    “I would have to warn them that there is a good chance of getting hooked deeply into the CVNP,” she  said.
    For information, application, and job description call Pamela Barnes at 330-657-2796, ext. 113, or visit www.nps.gov/cuva/forteachers/teacher-ranger-teacher-program. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15.
    SEASON’S STANDOUT
    From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition will host the 13th Annual Winter Sports Spectacular at Snow Trails Ski Resort.
    Skiers and nonskiers can participate, with activities offered both on and off the slopes. Event information is available at www.taacc.com or via email taasc skiathon@gmail.com.  
    NICE TO KNOW
     The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is now open. Sections of the trail were closed due to a fatality of a male visitor falling into the Cuyahoga River near state Route 82 Bridge in Sagamore Hills.
    BY THE NUMBERS
    Earlier this week, Boston Mills Ski resort was listing all six of its trails open. Its sister resort, Brandywine was listing 10 of 11 trails open. Each resort was listing its snow base at 14-30 inches.?