For more than 45 years, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has been hosting groups for an incredibly diverse range of topics. The Institute is a residential facility with courses that run from 3 to 10 days, where students spend their time learning and living in what the Institute likes to call “The world’s greatest classroom.” It is the Institute’s firm opinion that all of their guests can and will benefit from spending time in the great outdoors, communing with all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Fun for Kids of All Ages

Schools from anywhere in the country can send their students to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for courses that let them spend 3 to 5 days throughout the school year. While they are here, the student will live on the campus located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Activities including numerous nature hikes, Discovery camps that let kids collect bugs, salamanders, and more as they get down and dirty with Mother Nature. What could be more fun? How about jumping in the swimming hole to cool off?

The Institute offers 7 core courses that are part of the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program. These include Reptiles and Amphibians, Aquatic Natural History, Ecology, Birds, Plants, and Mammals. Each course is held at a different time of year, so be sure to book your places early as the spaces in each class are limited and fill fast.

The Girls in Science Class

During this class, girls will have their chance to get up close and personal with the many plants and critters that call the Smokies their home. Students will investigate salamanders, rushing streams, and more, working hand-in-hand with scientists. Meet new friends, make new discoveries, and learn about nature up close in the greatest classroom in the world, the great outdoors.

Not Just for the Kids

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is not just for kids! Teachers deserve a break from time to time. During weekend courses, teachers get a chance to relax, meet with other educators, share ideas, and learn about the newest offerings from Tremont. The best part, if your students attend one of the three or five-day programs, you get to come to one of these courses for free.

For the Photographer

Spring is the best time of the year for both professional and amateur photographers, and Tremont offers a great Springtime in the Smokies photography workshop. The cost of this photography workshop includes lodging, meals, and instruction by one of the top teams of photography instructors in the nation. The programs can be tailored to individual interests and include things like landscape and macro photography.

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is more than just a few day classes; the Institute is a residential facility offering 3- and 5-day classes. There are programs and workshops for every age group, from grade school all the way up to Road Scholars. There are special courses and programs for teachers, as well. What a great way to boost your teaching skills, all while getting to enjoy the majesty and fresh air of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.