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Educator Riya Nathrani completes American Memorial Park Teacher Ranger Teacher Program

(Press Release) — 2017 marked the second summer American Memorial Park was selected to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher or TRT Program.

The park welcomed William S. Reyes Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Riya Nathrani to lead the Program. Over the summer, Nathrani worked closely with park staff and community partners to develop hands-on, fun-filled educational activities for youth 6-8 years old.

Educator Nathrani leads Junior Rangers in an exploration of the park’s water environment.

Nathrani developed the park’s Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Activities Program. Due to the popularity of this program, and thru funding support from park partner Pacific Historic Parks, Nathrani was able to add a second session and welcomed a total of 39 youth.

During the three-day program, Junior Rangers learned about water resources through field explorations and hands-on activities. Experts from the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance contributed to the program by engaging youth in learning about Saipan’s coral reefs and the threat of marine debris on resources. Everyone took a ride on a glass bottom boat to see first-hand underwater resources and WWII underwater artifacts. To close out the program, all participants became Junior Rangers and were awarded Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Badges.

In reflecting on her summer experience, Nathrani said, “It was extremely rewarding working at the park over the summer. I could not have asked for a better TRT experience. I thoroughly enjoyed working with a great team of people. I am walking away with many new skills and accomplishments that will be of great value to me as I prepare to start the school year.”

Partners MINA and BECQ join forces to educate youth.  Contributed photos

The purpose of the TRT program is to provide teachers with an opportunity to learn about national park educational resources and themes while earning continuing education graduate credits through a partnership between the NPS and the University of Colorado-Denver.

For more information about these events or other programs at the park, please contact Ranger Brooke Nevitt at 234-7207 ext. 2020 or via email at brooke_nevitt@nps.gov.