Updates Regarding COVID-19 from Tremont Institute

July 28, 2021

In accordance with CDC COVID-19 safety guidance in Federal buildings, Tremont is requiring all visitors and employees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask inside all buildings on campus, including the Tremont gift store. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to physically distance themselves to reduce the risk of transmission.

July 16, 2021

Tremont has seen many changes in the last year, but at our core, we are still the same. While some of our operations look a little different to ensure visitor safety, we are continuing to provide outstanding programming and opportunities to connect people with nature.

Tremont Gift Store
Tremont’s gift store is open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The gift store is also open on a limited basis Monday through Friday; hours vary, so please call before making a special trip.

2021 Programs
Our summer programs are underway, and we continue to make safety our top priority. We are operating programs with limited capacity to encourage social distancing, and masks are required indoors for unvaccinated program participants. Check out our Summer Camp FAQ for more information.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing health crisis and adjust our schedule and procedures as necessary, but we anticipate sharing our fall programming schedule in September.

October 22, 2020

Tremont Gift Store
Tremont’s gift store is opening on a limited basis through the remainder of 2020.

2021 Programs
Registration for our 2021 summer and adult programs will open on November 13.

We have been strategizing ways to ensure our programs occur in a safe living and learning environment, and we are thrilled to offer an outstanding schedule of programs designed for all ages to experience hands-on discovery and wonder in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Since August, we have successfully hosted several adult field programs on campus with modifications and new precautions and procedures in place. View a copy of our COVIDsafe Adult Field Program guidelines. We will continue to monitor the ongoing health crisis and adjust our schedule and procedures as necessary, but we look forward to shared experiences with you in 2021!

May 19, 2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced plans to increase recreational access and services in the next step of the park’s reopening plan beginning on May 23. Read the official news release from the Park.

View the phased reopening chart effective Saturday, May 23.

Please note that while Tremont Road will be open to motor vehicles beginning on May 23, Tremont’s gift store and restrooms will remain closed.

May 7, 2020

April 30, 2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is increasing recreational access and services. The Park will begin phased reopening on May 9. Read the official news release from the Park.

Previous updates from the national park:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and Spur, will remain closed until further notice.  Read the official news release from the Park. 

Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, will close at noon on Tuesday, March 24, through Monday, April 6, in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read the official news release from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

March 23, 2020

Dear Tremont Family,

The uncertainty of our time is stressful. The rate at which things change is daunting. And yet, from our home here in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, change is coming in all forms. The spring wildflowers are beginning to bloom and the songbirds are telling their story. Yet, our campus is quiet. Normally this time of year is filled with the bustling sounds of discovery. Students and teachers exploring the outdoors—together. Adults taking a moment from their busy lives to stop and observe the natural world. Learning on our campus looks different than in the “traditional” classroom, yet the physical, social, emotional, academic benefits are proven.

We have not escaped the impacts of COVID-19. School and field programs are currently canceled, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of our programs. We are mostly working from home and some on-site, but gratefully, we are still working.

We are educators at heart, and we are working on creative ways to bring you into experiences in nature—despite not being able to do that in person. Follow us online as we continue this critical work.

For those enrolled in April programs, we are modifying our refund policy. Please contact us for more information. You may choose to transfer your deposit to a future program or a donation—your generous support will mean a lot to our organization in these challenging times.

Across the globe, organizations that form the field of environmental education are in financial freefall, and it’s not clear that all will survive to partner with schools again as things return to normal.

During this time of stress, it’s a good reminder that immersion in nature recharges us, it helps us heal. As Rachel Carson writes, “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

I hope you find time today to connect to the land. To feel spring’s emergence and know you are not alone. We’re all in this together.


Catey McClary
President and CEO
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

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