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Join us in an adventure to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, from the valleys of Cades Cove to the tallest mountains of the national park. Build friendships with other girls as you swim in mountain streams, share stories around the campfire, and watch the fireflies emerge from the grass. Search for salamanders and catch songbirds alongside scientists conducting research in the Park. 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!

Cost: $100-750 depending on acceptance. Cost includes food, lodging and instruction. For this program, participants will stay in our cabin-style tents in Walker Grove Tent Village on campus.

Ages: 12–15

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To apply, 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. There is no deadline, but we encourage you to submit your applications early. We will review the applications as they come in and let you know if you are accepted within 4–6 weeks.

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