Photo by Luc Burnier
Live and learn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Achieving our mission through:
research that complements our learning laboratory
advocacy for outdoor learning
Photo by Richard Reading
â€œTremont not only introduced me to the wonders of the mountains and the elegance of wildlife, but also showed me how to work together. Through cooperation and hard work, we were able to overcome what seemed impossible obstacles.â€? - Student
Rooted in the Smokies while serving an audience drawn from around the country, Tremont Institute is proud to celebrate 49 years of transformative education.
DISCOVER YOUR CONNECTION WITH NATURE Education creates lasting positive change for people and our planet. That’s why Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont works to provide transformative learning opportunities that are personal, local, and relevant. Our mission is to deliver experiential learning for youth, adults, and educators through programs that promote self-discovery, critical thinking, and effective teaching.
SCHOOL PROGRAMS We welcome schools year-round for a three to five-day stay in our Smoky Mountains classroom. Our lessons integrate standards and give students the opportunity to eat, sleep, and learn in a community setting. Read more on pages 12-14.
TEACHER WORKSHOPS Our teacher workshops train teachers for experiential learning at Tremont and include transferable skills to take home to the classroom.
16-18 Achieving Literacy in
the Classroom (STEM) - Air Quality & Climate Change
AUGUST 25-26 Teacher Escape I
15-16 Teacher Escape II 29-30 Teacher Escape III
From our home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our research and residential programs investigate the diversity that sustains all life, develop a sense of place, and cultivate a stewardship ethic that will influence lifelong decision-making.
Jen Jones, Ph.D., President & CEO
It’s not only about where you go, it’s who you go with. We look forward to welcoming you in the Smokies!
JANUARY 14-21 26-28 26-29 27
Wilderness First Responder Course Wilderness First Responder Refresher Winter Photo Master Class Winter Woody Plant ID—Day Program
16-18 SANCP: Interpretation & Naturalist Skills 16-18 Achieving Science Literacy in the Classroom 24
8-13 Spring Hiking Road Scholar 27-30 Springtime in the Smokies Photography Workshop
11-13 SANCP: Birds of the Smokies 11-13 SANCP: Plants
20-22 SANCP: Aquatic Natural History 22-24 SANCP: Reptiles and Amphibians
9-14 Smoky Mountains Family Camp
2-7 Fall Hiking Road Scholar 21-23 SANCP: Southern Appalachian Ecology
(STEM) - Air Quality & Climate Change Smokies Scavenger Hunt—Day Program
7-12 Fall Hiking Road Scholar 19-22 Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop 21-26 Sierra Club - Autumn Glory in in the Smokies 26-28 Women’s Fall Backpack
PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
ADULT & FAMILY
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES We work closely with faculty to customize programs, tailor experiences, and meet academic requirements in various fields of study. Programs focus on conservation, natural resource management, wildlife biology, and more. Opportunities for lectures by National Park Service staff are available. Costs for 3-8 days include food, lodging, and instruction. Learn more at gsmit.org/college.
SUMMER YOUTH JUNE
11-16 11-16 11-16 25-30 25-30 25-30
Discovery Camp I Girls in Science Camp Wilderness Adventure Trek I Backcountry Ecological Expedition Discovery Camp II Wilderness Adventure Trek II
3-6 16-21 16-21 16-26 23-29
Firefly Camp Discovery Camp III Smokies Science Investigations Teen High Adventure Maryville College Great Smokies Experience
FINANCIAL AID Thanks to our generous contributors, we offer need-based financial aid through the Tremont Scholarship Fund. Visit gsmit.org/financial-aid.
ADULT & FAMILY
ADULT HIKING & BACKPACKING Road Scholar Hiking Weeks Spring and Fall April 8-13 September 2-7 October 7-12
Through daily hikes, you’ll explore the cultural and natural history of this region with its unique traditions and rich biodiversity. For pricing and registration information, visit at www.roadscholar.org using program code 2263.
Sierra Club - Autumn Glory in the Smokies October 21-26
Come hike with fellow outdoor enthusiasts through the hiking club founded by John Muir in 1892. Beginner and experienced hikers are welcome. For pricing and registration information, call (415)-977-5522.
Women’s Fall Backpack October 26-28
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What better way to enjoy early fall than with a group of adventurous women on the trail and around the campfire. Join two experienced naturalist guides and enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains firsthand on a three-day (two-night) beginner backpacking adventure. Our guides will provide the tools you need to succeed on this program including “how to” information, permits, food, transportation to and from the trail, and group equipment (including tents, cooking equipment, backpacks and sleeping pads), plus extensive knowledge of the Smokies ecosystem. Cost: $389.
NATURALIST CLASSES & CERTIFICATION The Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP) is a field-based program that offers “basic training” in southern Appalachian ecology and interpretive techniques. Sign up for the classes that interest you or choose a class to begin working toward certification. Our SANCP is fun and engaging enough for all audiences. The same dynamic and professional faculty that facilitate all our school and university programs teach our SANCP courses. Additional expertise by way of park staff, research partners, and top-notch educators is brought in as needed. Cost: Each course is $349 per person. Includes instruction, meals, and lodging.
SANCP Core Courses Interpretation & Naturalist Skills Stacey Whetstone
Elective Course In addition to the core courses, we periodically have bonus classes available. These electives are not required for certification. Enjoy these SANCP extras!
Birds Winter Woody Plant ID—Day Program January 27
Discover a number of characteristics that will help you identify trees even in the wintertime.
Reptiles & Amphibians June 22-24
Southern Appalachian Ecology
Aquatic Natural History
Sign up for eNews to be notified when elective courses or workshops are added throughout the year. www.gsmit.org
Cost: $64 per person. Includes a sack lunch.
ADULT & FAMILY
WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER Wilderness First Responder Course January 14-21
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Led by instructors from Roane State Community College, the program curriculum meets the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and national registry standards for First Responder training. Cost: $899. Includes instruction, meals, and lodging. Wilderness First Responder Refresher January 26-28
This program satisfies the requirements for the renewal of your First Responder certification. It is also an excellent review of wilderness medical information and skills. Cost: $455. Includes instruction, meals, and lodging. Our Wilderness First Responder Courses prepare you for First Responder testing PLUS adds the intensive wilderness component.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS Instruction, food, and lodging included. Photography workshops at Tremont feature renowned photographers such as Will Clay, Bill Lea and Tom Vadnais guiding you through the best photo spots in the Smokies. Whether you are a serious beginner or you are ready for our masters class, you will find one-on-one assistance and helpful critiques during these energizing weekend workshops. Photo workshop prices include meals, lodging, and instruction.
Winter Masters Class
Springtime in the Smokies
Visit gsmit.org/photography-workshops for specifics on class emphasis, suggested skill level, and instructors.
FAMILY EVENTS Smokies Scavenger Huntâ€”Special Event
Gather your team and seek answers to questions that will test your knowledge of nature and the national park.
A one, two, or three-night adventure for parents, grandparents, and their younger children (ages 4-9). See page 10 for information.
With so many options like hikes, swim time, classes, crafts, music, and more, the hardest part will be deciding how you want to spend your week together. Weâ€™ll do the planning and the cooking. Cost: $1,807 for a family of four.
Beginning July 3
Family Camp activities geared toward ages 6 and up.
CHILD & PARENT (OR GRANDPARENT) ADVENTURE Firefly Camp Beginning July 3 (One, two or three nights)
Bond with your child during a one, two or three-night stay in the park! Play games that build confidence and awaken the senses. Learn about the forest and wade in a mountain stream. Sing songs around the campfire and watch the fireflies as dusk falls. Children ages 4-9. Cost: One night: $101 for child + parent. Visit gsmit.org/firefly-camp for additional pricing.
NATURE EXPLORATION Discovery Camp
June 11-16, June 25-30, & July 16-21
Explore nature while getting down and dirty with the forests, rivers, and critters that make these mountains home. Cost: $589. Ages 9–12.
$50 EARLY BIRD SAVINGS
if registered by February 23, 2018.* *Restrictions apply. See gsmit.org for more info. GSMIT Archives
WILDERNESS BACKPACKING Wilderness Adventure Trek June 11-16 June 25-30
You’ll start by learning the skills necessary for planning and enjoying a safe, successful backpacking trip. And before you know it, you’ll be climbing a mountain carrying everything you need to survive for four days and three nights. Cost: $644. Ages 13–17.
Teen High Adventure July 16-26
Spend six nights and seven days backpacking in the national park. You will be amazed at the skills and confidence you gain from this 10day adventure. Cost: $1,260. Ages 13–17.
SCIENCE Girls in Science
Backcountry Ecological Expedition
Join other intrepid girls for the adventure of your life getting up close and personal with critters, plants, and the forces that shape our natural world as you work. Cost: As low as $100. Ages 12-15.
Explore relatively undisturbed areas of the park, conducting field experiments and recording observations. Youâ€™ll explore creeks and hollows in search of the next organism new to the park or even to science! Cost: $680. Ages 13â€“17.
Smokies Science Investigations July 16-21
This program blends the best of the science camps into a short one-week experience. Kids will observe, explore, and investigate all while creating their own research projects. Cost: $680 Ages 13-17.
Maryville College Great Smokies Experience For High School Students July 23-29 Tiffany Beachy
See gsmit.org for information.
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSE
Activities and topics range from hikes to history, ecosystems to nationalism. Students spend half of their time camping at Tremont, and the other half living on campus at Maryville College. For rising high school juniors and seniors, this once-in-a-lifetime experience offers three credit hours in environmental studies.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Learning happens best when students are fully immersed in the learning process and can investigate and interact in their environment.
OUR CORE EDUCATIONAL FRAMEWORK begins with
WHAT WE DO Create hands-on experiences that engage teachers and students
Help students build their critical thinking
Sense of Place
developing ties to nature
skills and scientific literacy
personal and meaningful connections to the land
making new connections
Transfer best teaching practices through
cooperative teaching model
Immerse participants in the biodiversity and
beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park 12 12
Challenge teachers and students to develop
“Camp and outdoor education has been a part of my life since I was 11. Tremont staff is among the very best I’ve encountered. They are passionate, knowledgeable and extraordinary with kids. This is a difficult combination to find.” -Jamie, Teacher
WHAT WE DELIVER: OUTCOMES For Students
• Heightened interest in learning • Greater willingness to act as stewards of the environment • Better understanding of science and the natural world
For Teachers • • • •
FINANCIAL AID Money, or lack of it, should never stand in the way of a life-changing educational experience. Let us work with you to find financial aid for your trip and fundraising ideas for your school. Call us at (865) 448-6709. Visit gsmit.org/financial-aid
Contact our youth programs manager today to learn more about bringing your school to Tremont. (865) 448-6709
Closer relationships with students and teaching team Professional development Renewed love of teaching Provide meaningful, real-world context for students to meet classroom standards
We teach elementary, middle, high school, and college. Our experiences encompass science, math, language arts, social studies, and field research.
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WHAT IS THE COOPERATIVE TEACHING METHOD?
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Cooperative teaching is a team-teaching approach that provides opportunities to connect subjects and standards from the classroom to hands-on lessons at Tremont. When teachers team up with Tremont faculty to practice experiential education techniques, they gain confidence and are more likely to transfer those skills back to the classroom.
Achieving Science Literacy in the Classroom (STEM) - Air Quality & Climate Change
In fact research shows that, the more teachers actively participate in their trips, the greater the learning impact is on the students throughout the year. Besides, it’s fun!
Experiential education is a perfect way to achieve deep understanding of complex scientific concepts. Expand your ‘teacher toolkit’ to further inspire the ‘art of knowing’ within your students. Topics include: science literacy, citizen science, asking better scientific questions, conducting deeper investigations, data analysis and communicating findings. Meals, lodging, and materials included. Cost: $75 for 16 teachers. Space is limited, so register early. See gsmit.org/educator-workshops
Reduce th school t e cost of your r Teacher Escape worksho ip by attending ps and c August 25-26, September 15-16, & oop teachin September 29-30 g. Ask u erative s how! This fun retreat will demystify the power of experiential learning and the Tremont cooperative teaching method. Whether you are a first-timer or a 20-year veteran, you will meet other teachers, share best practices, embrace the power of experiential learning and prepare to bring your students to Tremont. Cost: $75 per person for one weekend. TEACHERS - DON’T MISS ADDED WORKSHOPS. As you search for professional
development opportunities, be sure to check www.gsmit.org for newly-added workshops. We offer other workshops as funding is granted. Don’t forget to watch for those throughout the year!
“I learned that if you put down electronics a whole other world opens to you.” - Rockwood student
Tremont Institute is situated about four miles from the Townsend, TN entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is surrounded by miles of trails, a rushing river, and a half million acres of mountains and forests.
Want to see our campus and facilities? Schedule a campus tour by calling (865) 448-6709 or check out our photos on facebook.com/GSMITremont.
We can house up to 135 people onsite and have a full kitchen staff serving three hot meals a day. Living and learning inside a national park certainly has its rewards. Feel your worries melt away as you cross the bridge over the Middle Prong to this quiet place tucked into the mountains. Step out of bed each morning and walk outdoors to a breathtaking view of Fodderstack Mountain —a perfect way to begin a day in the national park!
CITIZEN SCIENCE—public involvement in scientific research Participants and volunteers of all ages have the opportunity to contribute to scientific research conducted within the national park. Resulting data are shared with collaborating scientists and park resource managers, as well as the general public. Visit gsmit.org/citizen-science for project dates and citizen science info.
Some of our current projects include:
Citizen science research is completed with help from participants, volunteers, and research partners like: • • • • 16 16
Discover Life in America Hands on the Land Institute for Bird Populations Maryville College
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National Park Service NIMBioS National Phenology Network University of Tennessee
Photos by Caleb Scholtens, Stan Rushing and Caleb Scholtens
GET INVOLVED Citizen science happens year-round at Tremont Institute and volunteer opportunities are available. For example, consider adopting a phenology plot throughout the year or participating in our bird banding this summer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Projects can be woven directly into your school programs. For example, students can take part in research monitoring salamander populations in Walker Valley or track seasonal changes through on-going phenology research.
• Contribute to research that informs REAL conservation decisions that impact the park. • Participate in ground-breaking research. • Be part of global monitoring programs.
“With citizen science, you get to stick a sticker on a butterfly, help band birds, investigate trees, and catch salamanders... all for SCIENCE!”
-Daniel Metcalf, 2017 Southeast Region Hartzog Youth Award winner & Tremont Citizen Science Volunteer Learn more and help out by visiting gsmit.org/citizen-science
TREMONT FACULTY & STAFF
FACULTY & STAFF teacher naturalists Lauren Anderson Elizabeth Davis Tyler Gonzales Matthew Herron Kelly Lecko Gar Secrist Chris Wandell
manager of science literacy & research Tiffany Beachy
youth programs coordinator
BOARD OF DIRECTORS manager of field programs & collegiate studies
grounds & facilities manager
youth programs manager
director of finance & administration
manager for innovation & assessment
president & ceo
Logan Rosenberg John DiDiego
kitchen assistants Renee Bartilemeo Julie Hatcher Chelsea Jennings Sherry Presley
food services manager
manager of school partnerships & teacher development
grounds & facilities
Charice Davis Dalton Read
president Doc Johnson
development manager Iris Hammond
marketing and technology coordinator
Jen Jones, Ph.D.
past president Billy Carroll
Cathy Ackermann Jack Burgin Bill Cobble Joe Emert Daniel Green Shannon Harper Jim Haslam
Jacqueline E. Hill Chuck James Morton Massey Ed Pershing Dick Ray Bill Varner (ex officio) Chad Youngblood
Laura Beth Denton
Gail Amatangelo Lisa Conner
â€œExcellent alignment to core standards. Great teaching strategies. Kids were constantly engaged.â€? -Principal, Yealey Elementary Caleb Carlton
EQUIPPING TEACHERS FOR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCAITON
JOIN OUR TEAM 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. Visit www.gsmit.org for job postings and internship opportunities.
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been selected to participate in a new science education program, Citizen Science 2.0 in National Parks. Made possible thanks to a $1 million Veverka Family Foundation donation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, this new program supports collaborations among select national parks, local environmental science education providers, and local middle and high schools over a three-year period. Tremont will partner with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and local schools to provide citizen science engagement for students and deliver professional development for teachers. This new teacher education program, Citizen Science 2.0: Equipping Educators to Inspire Future Environmental Stewards, will consist of a series of residential workshops at Tremont Institute and consults at local schoolyards to give teachers practice with experiential teaching and linking what they have learned to standards-based subject matter. This program is also kicking off this 2017-2018 school year at Cabrillo National Monument, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Rock Creek Park. The goal of the program this year is to: • establish a place-based, science-focused community of practice among national parks, schools, and education partners; • equip classroom teachers with the tools, training, and opportunity to conduct high quality, experiential science education aligned with Next Generation Science Stan dards; and • create student-centered curriculum that connects students to their local national park through hands-on scientific study of water quality and watersheds.
HELP SEND A CHILD TO TREMONT Children who attend our programs show greater appreciation for their surroundings and improved attitudes toward classroom learning and teamwork. Our contributors include individuals, organizations, foundations, and corporations who value our mission and want to support their community. As a non-profit organization, we depend on contributions from you. These contributions reflect your commitment to the preservation and stewardship of the park and all its wonders.
SHOP IN OUR STORE
All proceeds from the store support Tremont programs
“I bet that every kid that goes to Tremont will change. The reason I know that is because I have changed.” – Student
DONATE BY MAIL
Mail your donation to: Tremont Institute 9275 Tremont Rd., Townsend, TN 37882
Ensuring a sustainable program for all
Our hope is that no child ever misses out on a Tremont experience due to money. By contributing to our endowment fund, you are building a foundation of support for future generations.
Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to Tremont through your financial and estate plans. Individuals of all levels can engage in strategic planned giving and you can create a lasting legacy for students at Tremont.
Please contact Iris Hammond by phone at (865)-448-6709 or by email at email@example.com if you are interested in donating stock or other securities.
To learn more about donating to Tremont, visit gsmit.org/donate or call (865) 448-6709 today!
SUPPORT THROUGH SPECIAL EVENTS Our annual special events are a great opportunity to have some fun getting to know Tremont Institute while also providing the support needed to bring more kids to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Details can be found at www.gsmit.org/events.
Scavenger Hunt - Spring -
Endowment Fundraiser - Summer -
Homecoming - Fall -
VOLUNTEER Throughout the year, our dedicated volunteers assist with a variety of activities such as event planning, friend-raising, fund-raising, citizen science and maintenance projects. If you enjoy working with others who believe in environmental education for all ages, and you want to be part of a group that is really making a difference in the lives of all who come to Tremont, contact us today to let us know how you might help us fulfill our mission. Fill out our volunteer application online at gsmit.org/volunteer
Photos by GSMIT Archives, Laura Beth Tuttle, GSMIT Archives, Tiffany Beachy
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK As Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is my honor to welcome you to some of the most rewarding experiences we offer for students of all ages at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 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 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.
We are particularly excited about Tremont’s focus on Citizen Science as we move forward together in creating the next generation of park stewards. By working hand in hand with teachers, Tremont staff is designing research programs that help us learn about the park and can be used as a tool to improve science literacy with students. At the same time, the hands-on research projects actively engage students in learning. 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 M. Cash, Superintendent
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS PARTNERS Only a handful of residential education centers around the country can call a national park home. Tremont Institute serves park patrons by providing in-depth education experiences in one of the most biologically diverse and beautiful locations. Tremont Institute depends on partnerships with community businesses and organizations like Great Smoky Mountains National Park to further our mission. Thank you to the following partners and the many others who help make the Tremont Experience possible year-round. Ace Hardware Ackermann PR Amazon Smile American Astronomical Society Americorp VISTA Arconic Foundation Association of Nature Center Administrators AT&T Aubrey’s Blount Partnership Boys & Girls Club Clayton Bradley Academy Cornerstone Foundation Covenant Health Denark Construction
DENSO Dick’s Sporting Goods Discover Life in America ERM Group Foundation First Tennessee Foundation Foothills Kiwanis Friends of the Smokies Global Intellectual Property Asset Management, PLLC Grayson Subaru Great Schools Partnership Great Smoky Mountains Association Great Smoky Mountain Outfitters Harper Auto Square Haslam Family Foundation Heinrich Family Foundation
Home Federal Bank Kroger Little River Outfitters Little River Trading Company Maryville College Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Mississippi State University Mountain Commerce Bank National Park Foundation National Park Service Nature’s Gifts International Pilot & Flying J PYA See Why Consulting SmartBank Smoky Mountain Hiking Club
Speciality Investments Group Stowers Machinery Sugarlands Distilling Company Tennova Healthcare The Artistic Bean The Trust Company UBS Financial Services University Health System University of Tennessee University of Tennessee Medical Center West Hills Flats and Taps Yelp Foundation YPM
“We are proud to partner with Tremont Institute on a National Science Foundation GeoPath grant. This project is designed to help community college students transfer to four-year universities to pursue Bachelor’s degrees and careers in geoscience. This partnership benefits our students, our staff, and our community.” - Professor Larry McKay, Head, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee 23
9275 Tremont Rd. Townsend, TN 37882
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programs in addition to our school group experiences
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