Teacher Workshops

Educators learn while working in the field with research scientists and park rangers.

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Upcoming Workshops

Spring in the Mountains
May 5 - May 7, 2017 at Purchase Knob, near Maggie Valley, NC
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its diversity of wildflowers and salamanders. Explore the northern Hardwood forest and stream-side habitats for salamanders and the blooms of spring. Register with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. This workshop costs $85 and includes lodging, some meals and transportation to and from Raleigh, NC.

Fire Ecology
May 6, 2017 - In the park, near Gatlinburg, TN, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Come gain a better understanding of wildland fire and fire ecology. Learn about research being conducted on the role of fire in ecosystems and how nature and humans impact fire behavior. You will receive tools and instruction to enhance curriculum-based STEM lessons. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. To register, contact
Katherine Corrigan at (865) 436-1257.

Advanced Air Quality
July 31 - August 1, 2017 at Purchase Knob and Clingmans Dome

Learn about air quality issues such as ground-level ozone and acid deposition by participating in citizen science studies that can be replicated in your schoolyard. Taught by air quality experts in the park and with the NC Division of Air Quality. Each person in the workshop will take home presentations, activities, lessons and more. Earn 1.2 CEU's and/or 10 hours of NC EE Certification in criteria I, II or III. The workshop is free, lunch will be provided both days. To register, contact keith.bamberger@ncdenr.gov.


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.

Last updated: April 25, 2017

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738


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