Colleges and Universities

We have a long history at Tremont of hosting colleges and universities. Our living laboratory and interdisciplinary approach provide deep immersive experiences that draw on the liberal arts as well as the sciences. Our academic programs introduce students to a different way of learning and living and provide a positive influence during a time when they are making important decisions. We work closely with faculty to customize programs and tailor curriculum to support the needs of students according to their particular field of study and academic requirements. Schools typically spend a week with us inside the national park, including those associated with the Natural Resources College Consortium and the Outdoor Recreation Consortium, which not long ago celebrated its 40th year. Individual schools come as well, many of which have formed long-standing relationships with us.

Choose a Program

Visitors stay 3-10 days with us using the park as their classroom, and we work closely with faculty to customize programs, meet academic requirements in various fields of study, and weave cross-cutting themes throughout the week.

  • Field Studies
  • Educator Workshops
  • Naturalist Certification
  • Community Science Projects

Research Opportunities

Research takes place through our nationally recognized Community Science program, as well as through partnerships with universities around the nation.

  • Biology & Conservation
    • climate
    • phenology
    • species monitoring
    • and more.
  • Education
    • K-12 teacher training
    • qualitative assessment
    • experiential learning models
    • and more.

Careers in Education

We are educators, professionals, and thought leaders aiming to make a positive impact on education in the region and world through our overnight programs inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

As one of the premiere experiential education centers in the country, we pride ourselves on our ability to train young teaching professionals through summer jobs and internships.

Watch our jobs page for openings and internship opportunities.