Most workshops are offered free of charge or at a reduced rate. See below for details on upcoming workshops.
Weather, Climate and Technology - 2 separate workshops
November 16, 2013 at the Knoxville Zoo
December 7, 2013 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville
Experience technology we can bring to your classroom as we live video chat with Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Presenters from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the National Weather Service will also share STEM lessons and classroom activities on weather and climate. The workshop is FREE and lunch is provided.
To register for the Nov. 16 Knoxville workshop, e-mail us.
To register for the Dec. 7 Asheville workshop, e-mail us.
Salamanders and Storms: Climate Issues in the Smokies
February 21-23, 2014 at Tremont
Teaching about climate change issues can be challenging. Learn the science of what is happening in the Smokies so you can bring current and relevant information from guest speakers and citizen science activities back to your students. This weekend workshop lasts from Friday supper to Sunday lunch. $50 non-refundable registration fee includes all instruction, meals, lodging and classroom materials. Register through Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.
Spring in the Smokies
May 2 - May 4, 2014 at Purchase Knob
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world renowned for its diversity of wildflowers and salamanders. Explore a high elevation cove forest and stream-side habitat for salamander as well as the blooms of spring. 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.
Smoky Mountain Science Teacher Institute
June 16 - June 24, 2014 at Tremont
Immerse yourself for one week in the biological diversity of the Smokies and return home with exciting new ideas for involving your students in hands-on STEM science. Throughout the week, we will visit different Smokies habitats with research experts to learn about the park's amazing natural resources as well as the environmental problems threatening them. All lodging and meals for the week are provided free of charge. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is required. Register through the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.
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.