Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

The phrase “Connecting people and nature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park” is one you’re bound to hear often at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in Townsend, Tn. It suits the program well as it’s one that relies heavily on the experience of their students in nature.

The education programs provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont celebrate the ecological and cultural diversity of the Smokies, while helping those that seek a greater understanding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself. Through such programs as Wilderness First Responder courses, photo workshops, hiking adventures, and naturalist certification, the Institute is able to carry out its mission.

“Connecting people and nature.” What is the meaning behind it? What’s the Great Smoky Mountains Institute’s common thread? Who do we serve and how does motto connect with our programs?

Questions like these are constantly asked and expounded upon at the Smokies Institute. The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont believes that three strands make up its purpose and include a Sense of Place, Diversity, and Stewardship. These strands weave the thread that flows through each lesson and program offered.

The following are ideas and values that these themes represent:

Sense of Place

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a unique and inspiring place.
  • Wild places like the Smokies are important to the health of our planet.
  • Each of us is a part of our “home” ecosystem. These same “sense of place” attitudes should be transferred to our home ecosystem.


  • There is tremendous diversity within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • The Smokies have been and continue to be affected by people of diverse interests and perspectives.
  • We can learn much about ourselves by living in a community with people of diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and cultures.


  • We have a responsibility for preserving and caring for the Smokies and places like it.
  • Preserving places like the Smokies means learning about their problems and working to help.
  • Our lifestyle and daily habits can be adjusted to have minimal impact upon the environment.

Tremont 2012 Program Calendar

January 2012
13-15 Bernheim Middle School, Shepherdsville, KY
15-22 Wilderness First Responder
21 Winter Woody Plant ID
February 2012
3-5 Wilderness First Responder Refresher
10-12 Family Adventure Weekend
13-17 The Cornerstone School, Ocala, FL
15-17 New Horizon Montessori School, Louisville, TN
17-19 SANCP: Interpretation and Naturalist Skills
17-19 Likin’ Lichens Workshop
19-24 East Hardin Middle School, Glendale, KY
20-22 Eagleton Middle School, Maryville, TN
24-26 Immaculate Conception Cathedral High School, Memphis, TN
24-28 Lebanon Special School District, Lebanon, TN
27-March 2 Lenoir City Middle School, Lenoir City, TN
28-March 2 Bruno Montessori, Birmingham, AL
March 2012
2-5 Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
5-7 Hazelwood West Middle School, Hazelwood, MO
5-7 Oak Mountain Academy, Carrolton, GA
7-9 MacDonald Intermediate School, Fort Knox, KY
7-9 Seymour Community Christian School, Seymour, TN
9-12 Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
12-16 Old Trail School, Bath, OH
14-18 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
16-18 Spring City Middle School, Spring City, TN
18-24 Spring Outdoor Recreation Consortium
24 Smokies Scavenger Hunt
25-27 Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA
26-30 St. Mary of the Lake School, New Buffalo, MI
28-30 St. Luke’s Episcopal School, Mobile, AL
30- April 2 Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
April 2012
2-4 Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN
4-6 Randolph School, Huntsville, AL
7-9 Seymour Community Christian School, Seymour, TN
9-12 Faith Christian School, Summerville, SC
9-14 Spring Hiking Road Scholar
13-15 McDowell Early College, Marion, NC
13-15 Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati, OH
16-18 Jackson Christian School, Jackson, TN
16-20 Sycamore School, Indianapolis, IN
18-20 St. Anne’s Middle School, Bristol, VA
20-23 Spring Photography Workshop
23-27 Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Tallahassee, FL
27-30 Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
30- May 2 Boyd Christian School, McMinnville, TN
30- May 4 Rockford Elementary School, Rockford, TN
May 2012
2-4 Eagleton Elementary, Maryville, TN
4-6 Trinity Christian School, Apopka, FL
4-6 SANCP: Birds of the Smokies
4-6 SANCP: Plants
7-9 Calvin Donaldson Env. Science Academy, Chattanooga, TN
7-9 Woodlawn School – 6th Grade, Davidson, NC
9-11 Jones Valley Elementary, Huntsville, AL
11-13 Scottsboro City Gifted Program, Scottsboro, AL
12 Birdwatching at Cades Cove
13-17 Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, St. Louis, MO
18-21 Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
21-23 St. Paul Lutheran School, Peachtree City, GA
June 2012
3 Walker Valley Reunion
11-16 Discovery Camp I
11-16 Wilderness Adventure Trek
11-16 Girls in Science Camp
18-23 Smoky Mountain Science Teacher Institute
18-23 Trout Unlimited Camp
18-23 NCSU Wildlife Camp
22-28 Camp Quest
25-30 Discovery Camp II
25-30 Wilderness Adventure Trek II
25-30 Backcountry Ecological Expedition
July 2012
2-7 Smoky Mountain Family Camp
6 Albright Grove Old Growth Hike
9-14 Discovery Camp III
9-19 Teen High Adventure
9-19 Field Ecology Adventure
23-27 SANCP: Reptiles and Amphibians
23-27 SANCP: Aquatic Natural History
23-27 Teacher Quality Workshop
August 2012
6-11 Natural Resources College Consortium
10-11 Leadership Blount
September 2012
3-8 Fall Outdoor Recreation Consortium
8-9 Teacher Escape Weekend
16 Homecoming
21-23 SANCP: Southern Appalachian Ecology
21-23 SANCP Advanced: Advanced Naturalist Field Skills
October 2012
6-7 Teacher Escape Weekend
7-13 Fall Hiking Road Scholar
19-21 Women’s Backpack
19-21 Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop
November 2012
2-4 Teacher Workshop Climate Change
2-4 SANCP: Mammals

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