2014 | Grant Amount $10,000

The Ranger on Campus program put a park ranger in the classroom for residential field science courses at NatureBridge, located on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. Uniformed rangers taught alongside NatureBridge teachers during the spring education season, bringing the “flat hat” to the campus. The presence of a ranger is a visual reminder to students that they are learning in a national park. Each year, approximately 4,000 students attend a residential field science course at the campus of NatureBridge, located on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

Public support for science and research begins with a public that is scientifically literate. As students conducted their own inquiry science project, the “Ranger on Campus” led students in the process of science in a national park. NatureBridge provides scholarships and works with schools serving diverse students, many of whom have never had a chance to visit a national park.