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Escape to the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer.

This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

Our Teacher Escape Weekends train teachers for experiential learning and include transferable skills to take back to the classroom. Our time together will be productive and fun, with time for individual reflection, discussion of critical issues, and resources for use at Tremont and in the schoolyard.

Attendance in this program allows teachers to attend free of charge when their school participates in a three- or five-day Tremont school program. It also reduces the cost of the trip for each participant.

“I had no idea what to expect in terms of how many teachers [would be] here and their level of interest. Excellent dialogues with teachers.” – Tim C.

What to Expect:

  • Take-home educational strategies that are proven to improve student performance
  • Increased confidence in core routines of experiential learning
  • An opportunity to relax, learn and network with other educators across the region
  • Preparation for cooperative teaching with our on-site teaching faculty
  • Professional development hours for continuing teacher education
  • Meals, lodging, materials, and instruction, all with the beautiful backdrop of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cost: With the generous support of the Arconic Foundation, we are able to offer this experience for the low cost of $75, which includes food and lodging for the weekend. We cover the majority of the cost for the Teacher Escape Weekends because we understand the importance and value of this experience for new and returning teachers. We hope that participants will learn more about this special place and the range of opportunities available here.

Attendance is required for all sessions during the weekend. For those teachers traveling long distances, the dorm will be available for lodging on Friday. When you register, please tell us if you are staying with us on Friday.

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

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received up to two weeks prior to the program start date will be refunded in full, minus a $50 processing fee.

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 this program, though we are keeping 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. Please check back at this website for more specific information as we get closer to the date of your program.

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.

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 865-448-9732 ext. 16.

Photo by David Bryant