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Springtime is a glorious time of year in the mountains. Taught by Bill Lea, a nationally recognized nature photographer, the workshop emphasizes wildlife, landscape, and macro photography.

Bill and his fantastic team of instructors tailor each program to the interests and skill level of each individual participant with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Field sessions and lectures will cover the use of light, composition, and equipment. Program lasts from Friday afternoon to Monday mid-morning.

Cost: $750

Unlike many photography workshops, our price includes meals, lodging and instruction by one of the finest teams of photography instructors anywhere in the country. Combine that with the location inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park and it is a real steal.

Register Online

Please note: Online registration forms also serve as your health and wavier form which includes medical information. Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete the online form and have your information ready. All fields must be completed.

If you wish to register by mail, please complete this registration PDF and waiver form. Mail both forms and your check to:

Tremont Institute
9275 Tremont Road
Townsend, TN 37882


Meet the Instructors

Lead Instructor: Bill Lea may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, and southern ecosystems. He is the author or coauthor of several other photography books, and over 7,000 of his photos have appeared in publications including Audubon calendars, BBC Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, and National Wildlife. His latest book, Cades Cove: Window to a Secret World, is in its fourth printing. Visit www.BillLea.com to learn more.

Assistant Instructors


Important Information regarding Programs during COVID-19

Thank you for your interest in our program! During this prolonged period of pandemic and isolation, our work of connecting people and nature has never felt more ESSENTIAL!

We are planning to move forward with our field programs in 2021, as we keep a close watch on trends and best practices. Given the uncertainties right now, we are holding off on the specific details we normally include in a welcome letter, i.e. arrival time and procedures, etc.

We feel very good about the safety procedures we put in place during fall 2020 and will likely keep them the same for our 2021 programs. But we also know that things will change during the year, so we are asking you to check back at this website for more specific information as we get closer to the date of your program.

If you have any questions or concerns between now and then, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone: [email protected] or 865-448-6709 ext. 18.


Photo by Jane Palmer