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One of 7 core courses in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program.

Learn about the ecology of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, particularly as it relates to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through discussions and field trips. Topics will include geological history, plant community distribution, how aspect, elevation, and moisture gradients affect distribution, and an overview of plant communities with a focus on the major forest types. Field trips will include visits to examples of many of these forest types.

Goal: To provide students with a basic knowledge of plant communities and the factors that affect their distribution.

Cost: $349. Cost includes instruction, food and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cost for National Park Service employees: $139. Please call 865-448-6709 for discount code. Enter discount code when you register online below.

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Please note: Online registration forms also serve as your health and wavier form which includes medical information. Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete the online form and have your information ready. All fields must be completed.

If you wish to register by mail, please complete registration pdf and waiver form. Mail both forms and your check to:

Tremont Institute
9275 Tremont Road
Townsend, TN 37882

Health & Waiver Form


Welcome Letter

Tentative Schedule

Your Visit to Tremont

Forests of the Smokies

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After attending this program, when you bring your school group you will qualify to come free and your students will get a reduced rate on a three day or longer experience.
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