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Who says science has to take place in a classroom? Not us!

Join us in an adventure to explore the Smokies, from the valleys of Cades Cove to the tallest mountains of the national park. During this week-long camp, you’ll work with scientists to search for salamanders and catch songbirds to support research in the park. You’ll also build friendships with other girls as you swim in mountain streams, share stories around the campfire, and watch the fireflies emerge from the grass. After exploring the forests and streams of the Smokies, you’ll get to design your own field investigation to take a closer look at the critters you’re most excited about!

Ages: 12–15

Cost: $100-750, depending on financial need.
Registration includes food and lodging in our cabin-style tents in Walker Grove Tent Village on campus Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

To apply, please complete the application. The application includes information that needs to be completed by the student and the parent/guardian. Please complete all forms in the application by May 31, 2022. We will review the applications as they come in and let you know if you are accepted within 4–6 weeks.

Already Registered? Check out the welcome document for a tentative schedule, 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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