A Trail to Every Classroom

Published Jan 24, 2013

AT steps in Damascus, VA

The Appalachian Trail offers a masters degree in life. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail (AT) offers many lessons -- even for those who don't walk its entire length from Georgia to Maine.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the National Park Service (NPS) worked together and developed the Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) program, which was released in 2006, using the AT as a teaching tool.

Now, TTEC is a professional development program for K-12 teachers that provides educators with the tools and training for place-based education and service-learning.

TTEC has two parts: 1) a series of workshops and 2) a curriculum based upon the TTEC program. Educators are provided with all the resources needed to:

  • Engage youth in volunteer activities
  • Encouraging a love of learning
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Create a conservation ethic
  • Form a respect for the A.T.

Applications are now being accepted for workshops being held this spring in:

  • Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia
  • Pembroke, Virginia
  • Bangor, Pennsylvania and
  • Crawford Notch, New Hampshire.

Click Here for Spring Workshop Details

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2013. Snooze and you'll lose.

TTEC Workshop Overview:

  • The Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) program includes all lodging, meals, and materials.
  • There is a $50 administrative fee, waived for Appalachian Trail Conservancy members.
  • Presenters include national experts in Place-Based Service Learning and Curriculum Development.
  • You are expected to develop curriculum with an Appalachian Trail focus.
  • Three graduate credits are optional for a fee of $637.50 through Mary Baldwin College. (Credits awarded in fall 2013.)

ATC's Community Program Manager Julie Judkins writes a blog for all things TTEC. Julie's blog is well written and tremendously helpful for current TTEC information. She'd love your input and insights.

Click Here for Julie Judkins' ATC Blog on TTEC

Click Here for More TTEC Information

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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