On December 1, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will celebrate GivingTuesday by livestreaming from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and raising funds to support life-changing experiences in the Smokies.

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Tremont Institute is participating in GivingTuesday to bring together individuals and businesses to support its mission of connecting people and nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gifts to Tremont make it possible for participants to live, explore, learn, and discover together in the national park—one of the most ecologically diverse classrooms in the world.

Caleb Carlton, Tremont’s Development Manager, says, “Despite the immense challenges we’ve all endured in 2020, our national parks and natural spaces are still here for us to discover the wonder and joy this life and planet hold. Our staff at Tremont remain as inspired as ever to share the gift of nature and bring us all a little closer together this season, and we hope people will join us for these special virtual events.”

The tentative livestream schedule includes song performances, views from the Middle Prong, Smokies trivia, campfire stories, and more. To join the fun and receive updates about livestream events, follow Tremont Institute on Facebook at http://facebook.com/GSMITremont.

Tremont Institute will also launch its first online silent auction on December 1. The online auction includes unique and exclusive Tremont experiences such as private birding and monarch butterfly tagging, guided hikes in the Smokies, a private riverside dinner and firefly viewing, a Cherokee history hike and storytelling, and much more. The online auction will run through December 15, and all proceeds from the silent auction benefit Tremont’s operating fund.

To learn more about the online silent auction or to support Tremont Institute with a financial gift, visit https://gsmit.org/donate.

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