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Discovery Camp is full of firsts for many kids. Each day will be full of exciting discoveries in the great outdoors. This week-long camp is an opportunity for campers to get down and dirty with the forests, rivers, and critters that make these mountains home.

Campers search for salamanders, collect insects, experience the power of a waterfall, hike through the wilderness, cool off in the swimming hole, and laugh with their new friends around the campfire. This is the place where kids will discover just how exciting and awe-inspiring nature can be.

Ages: 9–12

Cost: $670
Registration includes instruction, food, and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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Already Registered? Check out the welcome document for a packing list and other essential details for this experience.

Important Information Regarding Programs During COVID-19

During this prolonged period of pandemic and isolation, our work of connecting people and nature has never felt more essential. We are making safety a top priority for visitors and staff — for the latest details about our COVID-19 response and policies, visit our COVID-19 updates page.


Cover photo by David Bryant.

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