As Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is my honor to welcome you to some of the most rewarding experiences we offer for students of all ages at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. I’ve had the privilege of experiencing firsthand several of the unique educational programs provided by Tremont. These immersive programs are an integral part of the park’s overall Resource Education mission to help connect people to this special place and also to the overall lifelong benefits of having a relationship with the natural world. The memories created at Tremont now span several generations. What a legacy!
Park rangers and volunteers with the National Park Service provide a variety of educational experiences for school children and park visitors throughout the year. Tremont’s multi-day residential environmental education programs expand upon these opportunities and serve to deepen the connections between the history, diversity, beauty, and wonder of the Smokies. Through these overnight experiences, participants have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this incredible natural laboratory, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the temperate world. And, as we discover more about the world around us, we end up discovering much about ourselves.
The Smokies has long been a place of discovery and we invite you to explore the forests and waters of these ancient mountains with us. Thank you for supporting the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and their efforts in changing the lives of thousands by introducing scores of teachers and young people to these precious cultural and natural resources, here at the Smokies, who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity.
We hope you enjoy your stay in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and that you will be inspired to return again soon.
– Cassius Cash, Superintendent