• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

Teacher Workshops

Teachers examine organisms found in leaf litter during a teacher workshop
Teacher workshop participants examining the organisms found in leaf litter.

Most workshops are offered free of charge or at a reduced rate. See below for details on upcoming workshops.

Upcoming Workshops

Got Elk? Fall Research in the Smokies
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014
Spend the weekend exploring fall in the beautiful Cataloochee Valley, home to the new elk herd in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will also participate in several citizen science studies designed to monitor the impacts of air pollution to park resources. These studies can be replicated back in your schoolyard or other nearby natural area. Sign up for this workshop through the NC Museum of Natural Science. The cost is $75 but it includes lodging at Lake Junaluska and several meals for the weekend.

Exploring Curriculum Connections
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Join us at Oconaluftee Visitor Center as we immerse ourselves in "Exploring Curriculum Connections" using the resources of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Activities will focus on hands-on-learning, incorporating local cultures into lessons, and creative ways to record information. Register online. For additional information, visit www.seekingpathsinnature.org/events.


Education Facilities

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a residential environmental learning center located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tremont offers workshops and programs for everyone, from teachers to grade school children to Elderhostel groups. Several special programs for teachers are offered including Teacher Escape Weekends, a Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification series, and Science Teacher Institutes, to help you improve your teaching skills while enjoying the beauty of the park. For more information, call (865) 448-6709 or visit the Tremont website.

Tremont also offers the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP) in partnership with the University of Tennessee. Complete eight courses to earn a certificate in natural history and interpretative skills.

The Smoky Mountain Field School offers high-quality workshops, hikes, and adventures for people who want to enhance their enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of the Smokies and the great outdoors. For more information and a schedule of programs, call (865) 974-0150.

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