GATLINBURG (AP) — Seven teachers and 18 high school students are wrapping up their six-week paid work experiences with rangers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The teachers worked alongside park employees in the field dealing with resource management and education programs. In the office, teachers helped resource educators develop curriculum for park programs.
The students assisted scientists and park staff with field research and education programs while exploring possible careers.
Karen Ballentine, the park’s education specialist, said the two programs are mutually beneficial. She said it’s a learning experience for the students and teachers, with both groups passing along what they gained to others.