Creating Educational Training Opportunities for Future Teachers

Teacher Training Programs take place in National Parks, and are led by park rangers
With an NPF grant, Western Kentucky University's Education Department initiated the largest inquiry-based outdoor learning training for future teachers.

By partnering with Western Kentucky University Education Department (WKU), Mammoth Cave National Park received a National Park Foundation grant to initiate the largest inquiry-based outdoor learning training for education majors in the country.

Focusing on students who are about to become teachers, it demonstrates the advantages of using outdoor settings and inquiry-based learning techniques to teach critical thinking skills in both science and social science subjects. Since the grant began two years ago, 400 WKU students have been immersed in the overnight, in-park learning experience.

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