Park Stewards

The Park Stewards program, sponsored by the University of Phoenix, gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore the relevance of national parks to their lives, and enables them to become civically engaged stewards of their national parks through year-long service-learning projects. These service-learning activities allow students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills (in addition to physical skills as appropriate) to address genuine needs of the park. The resulting curriculum engages their students and meets all local, state, and national education standards.

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  • As part of the Park Stewards program, local high school students are contributing to an on-going scientific database that their teacher designs while on a Teacher-Ranger detail to Badlands National Park....



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Park Stewards Grantees

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
This project encourages students to think about how they can become agents of change through opportunities for the development and application of literacy and civic skills in their community.
Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park
The park will strengthen its peer-to-peer teacher mentoring program to reach 20 teachers in developing park-based curriculum and research projects for their students to participate in during three trips to the park throughout the school year.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Expanding on a 2010 Park Stewards grant that funded a greenhouse on school grounds, this project will teach students seed propagation methods in the greenhouse and replanting techniques at the park. It will also involve an additional high school in restoration activities.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Teacher Academy students at Lopez High School, a program that prepares students to be teachers, will create, test, and refine field trip activities for local youth organizations.
Saguaro National Park
During the summer, the teacher partner will learn to set wildlife Òtrail camerasÓ to gather data on mammal diversity. Students will also learn to use these cameras and teach school groups about their role in inventorying species.


The program is made possible through the generous support of The University of Phoenix.