Lessons and Curriculum

Our lessons emphasize hands-on exploration of the national park and are generally three hours or longer.

A Tremont Teacher/Naturalist will teach cooperatively with your school’s staff as well as assist teachers with materials, trails, and questions.

Contact our school program coordinator at (865) 448-6709 to learn more. Download an overview of all Tremont classes.

Day Classes

Expedition: Tremont

Elementary/Middle School

Making observations, asking questions, doing initial explorations of the national park. This is every group’s first class at Tremont.

River & Reflections

Elementary/Middle School

Wrapping up their time at Tremont through reflection, discussion, and sharing. This is every group’s last class at Tremont.

Air Quality

Elementary/Middle School

Monitoring air quality in the Smoky Mountains through citizen science projects and investigations.

All Day Trip to Cades Cove

Elementary/Middle School

Exploring home-sites, church yards, fields, and forest to relive life in the late 1800’s in the Cades Cove community. School arranges transportation to and from Cades Cove. 60 students max.

Creative Expressions

Elementary/Middle School

Writing poetry, creating art, and using drama to investigate the natural world.

EarthQuest

Elementary/Middle School

Hearing, smelling, tasting, moving… using their physical senses to become more aware of the natural world and their own place in it.

Explorations

Elementary/Middle School

Building shelters, packing for expeditions, discovering the unknown.

Geology Hike to the Falls

Elementary/Middle School

Hiking to a scenic waterfall. Piecing together the geologic story of the Smokies through evidence found on the Falls Trail.

Life in the Forest

Elementary/Middle School

Exploring the vast, diverse hardwood forests of the national park…

Salamander Investigations

Elementary/Middle School

Uncovering questions, following curiosity, and designing student-driven investigations to learn more about salamanders.

Stream Ecology

Elementary/Middle School

Investigating water quality through collection of bio-indicators (aquatic macro-invertebrates) and abiotic water quality testing.  Stream class– students will get wet!

Stream Life

Elementary/Middle School

Catching aquatic organisms and finding out how their structures and behaviors help them live. Stream class– students will get wet!

Stream Physics

Elementary/Middle School

Measuring the flow rate of the Middle Prong without a stream flow meter. Exploring the power of water in shaping the landscape. Stream class– students will get wet!

Walker Valley Living History

Elementary/Middle School

Interviewing inhabitants of Walker Valley in 1926 to see how their lives would be affected by the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Wilderness Navigation

Elementary/Middle School

Using a map and compass to navigate through an orienteering course both on Tremont campus and off trail in the wilderness.

All Day Hike

Elementary/Middle School

Setting off on an all-day adventure on the trails. Choose either a 4 or 8 mile hike.

All Day Hike High Country Exploration

Elementary/Middle School

Heading up to the high peaks of the Smokies to explore and understand the unique ecology of the ridge line forests. School provides transportation. 60 students max.

All Day Forest Investigations

Elementary/Middle School

Embarking on an all day investigation of the most biodiverse forest in US. Students may discover food webs, life cycles, and other patterns of forest ecology.

All Day Stream Investigations

Elementary/Middle School

Embarking on an all day investigation of the streams that fill Walker Valley. Students may investigate watersheds, stream dynamics, water quality, aquatic life, and more.

All Day Landscape Investigations

Elementary/Middle School

Embarking on an all day investigation of how the interactions of water and land gave shape to the Smoky Mountains. Stream class– students will get wet!

Aquatic Salamander Monitoring

High School

Participating in a long-term salamander population study by catching salamanders, collecting data and discussing results. Stream class– students will get wet!

Geology Hike to the Falls

High School

Observing the geologic history of the Smoky Mountains through observations of outcrops, faulting, and deformation of rock.

Biodiversity Blitz

High School

Counting and cataloguing every living thing in a small plot of Smokies forest. Cultivating an understanding of biodiversity.

Ethnobotany

High School

Identifying plants to use them for medicine, food, and crafts.

Stream Ecology

High School

Investigating water quality through collection of bio-indicators (aquatic macro-invertebrates) and abiotic water quality testing. Getting in the stream. Stream class– students will get wet!

Salamander Investigations

High School

Uncovering questions, following curiosity, and designing investigations to learn more about salamanders.

Air Quality

High School

Monitoring air quality in the Smoky Mountains through citizen science projects and investigations.

Stream Physics

High School

Measuring the flow rate of the Middle Prong without a stream flow meter. Exploring the power of water in shaping the landscape. Stream class– students will get wet!

Wilderness Navigation

High School

Using a map and compass to navigate through an orienteering course both on Tremont campus and off trail in the wilderness.

Evening Classes

Night Walk/Crepuscular Crawl

Searching for nocturnal animals, testing the limits of our senses, exploring the wilderness of the dark. Tremont staff leads class.

Campfire

Gathering in a campfire circle to sing, play games, laugh, listen to stories, and watch the flames burn to coals. Tremont staff leads class.

Astronomy

Search the night sky for constellations and hear the stories connected with them. Investigate the phases of the moon and other celestial phenomena. Tremont staff leads class.

Cooperation Course

Navigating a series of team-building challenges to work on communication and leadership. Led by school staff. Can be two hours upon request.

Freddie the Fungus

Acting out a courtroom trial of a fungus accused in the death of an oak tree. Led by school staff.

Eco Jeopardy

Testing nature knowledge through a game show format! Led by school staff.

Values Auction

Playing an auction game as a way to discuss values and conservation.  Led by school staff.

Nature Quiz Show

Playing a natural knowledge quiz show that incorporates a series of challenges. Led by school staff.

Egg Drop

Taking on a classic engineering challenge of protecting a falling egg using only given or natural materials. Led by school staff.

Smoky Mountain Bingo Night

Playing a combination trivia/bingo game! Led by school staff.

Special Presentations

Bob Grimac

Folk Dance Party

Folk Dance Party
International Folk Dance Dance and Sing (1.5 hr program)
$120 for one hour
$140 for two hours
60 people max

Steve Kopman

Square Dancing

$175/ $225 1.5hr / $300 2 hrs higher charge for weekends

Sheri Liles

Fiber Fun Demo, Bees to Candles, Storytelling

$125 / $240 for 2hrs $75(may change due to cost of beeswax and group size)
$100 s

Lost Mill String Band

Old Timey Music

$125 for one hour or $175 for two hours

Sean McCollough

Music & Stories

$200

Elizabeth Rose

Stories

$175
($137.50 each if two schools sharing)

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Black bear ecology and rescue

$75

Black Bear presentation with NPS researcher

Bears or Bats Research from a former NPS scientist
$75

Faye Wooden

Storyteller

$150 per hour

Anna Uptain

Old Timey Music

$200/$300 for group larger than 65