Great Smoky Mountains National Park is excited to celebrate 48 years of educational programming, a long-standing tradition of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. During my first years as Superintendent, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the unique educational programs provided by Tremont. These programs at Tremont are an integral part of the park’s overall Resource Education mission, helping to weave together the many and varied natural and cultural strands of past and present.
Every day National Park rangers provide a variety of educational experiences for area school children and park visitors. Tremont’s residential environmental education programs expand upon these and serve to deepen the connections between the resource and their audiences. Residential programs immerse participants in the park, providing extended opportunities to experience, study, understand and appreciate the Smokies’ resources.
In 2016 the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial and looks forward to a second century of service. As such, we are prepared to move interpretation, education and volunteerism to new heights with our future park stewards. Tremont plays a vital role in helping us to achieve our goals by building bridges which link us together with the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. I am confident that the Tremont staff, its board of directors, National Park staff, and other partners will continue the long standing tradition of striving toward these objectives through excellence in residential programming.
Tremont’s dedicated staff has a personal connection to this park, and their commitment is often what inspires others to return year after year to build their own ties. A residential experience with Tremont stands to offer profound dividends to all who choose to make the investment of his or her time.
Thank you for supporting these precious cultural and natural resources. Please enjoy your stay in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
– Cassius Cash, Superintendent