Area nonprofit Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received a $12,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.
The grant will fund two teacher workshops in the spring and summer of 2013, which will focus on the most recent teaching methods, lesson plans, and current technology.
“The Verizon Foundation’s generous support completely covers the funding request we received from the park for this program for 2013,” Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart said.
Through the foundation’s support, 60 teachers will participate in the workshops at no cost.
The grant also provides bus transportation to enable these teachers to return to the national park with their students through the Parks as Classrooms program.
Two educators will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on scientific studies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park working alongside park staff and to assist with summertime ranger education programs.
Through the National Park Service’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, participants pick up information and new ideas while performing ranger duties in the national park to take back to their classrooms and to other teachers.
“Verizon is committed to the communities we serve and supporting teachers’ access to resources they can integrate into their classroom curriculum, which is why we’re proud to support the Friends of the Smokies,” Verizon External Affairs Vice President Julie Smith said. “They’re doing great work to enable teachers’ handson access to bring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into classrooms for Tennessee students,” Smith said.
For more information about the educational programs offered in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit nps. gov/grsm/index.htm.