- Create hands-on experiences that engage teachers and students
- Help students build their critical thinking skills and scientific literacy
- Challenge teachers and students to develop personal and meaningful connections to the land
- Transfer best teaching practices through cooperative teaching exchange
- Immerse participants in the biodiversity and beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Heightened interest in learning
- Greater willingness to act as stewards of the environment
- Better understanding of science and the natural world
- Closer relationship with students and teaching team
- Professional development
- Renewed love of teaching
- Meaningful, real-world context for students to meet classroom standards
In fact research shows that, the more teachers actively participate in their trips, the greater the learning impact is on the students throughout the year.
Tremont Institute is situated about four miles from the Townsend, TN entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is surrounded by miles of trails, a rushing river, and a half million acres of mountains and forests.
We can house up to 135 people onsite and have a full kitchen staff serving three hot meals a day. Living and learning inside a national park certainly has its rewards. Feel your worries melt away as you cross the bridge over the Middle Prong to this quiet place tucked into the mountains. Step out of bed each morning and walk outdoors to a breathtaking view of Fodderstack Mountain —a perfect way to begin a day in the national park!
Teacher Feature: Jennie McGuigan
Jennie was born in Jacksonville, FL and spent most of her childhood mucking about the North Florida/South Georgia marshlands and waterways. In 1999, she received a BS in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After that she spent 3 years, gaining experience working on educational farms, teaching at nature centers and leading backcountry travel expeditions throughout the US including being a Teacher/Naturalist at Tremont (2000-2001). Later, she attended Western Washington University, and graduated in 2004 with a Masters of Education in Natural Science/Science Education with a certificate in Non-Profit Administration and Leadership.
Impact of a Tremont Experience
– Research and Evaluations
– Testimonials from kids and teachers