The final five days of our program’s pilot year were both enriching and fun. Students visited Cades Cove and nearby historic sites, prepared and delivered top-notch presentations about what it means to have a sense of place. There was a long hike in the rain, and said goodbye to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We visited the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and learned about how different peoples made their livings in the Smokies. We kayaked down a flatwater section of the Ocoee River and heard about how the Tennessee Valley Authority manages its dams. The academic part of the program culminated with a two-hour final examination, after which we unwound at a cool restaurant down the street from the college and reflected on what we’d gotten out of our time here.
Last Days at Tremont, Days 9 through 11
This class is about humans’ role within the complex, interconnected web of natural relationships that make up our environment. Cades Cove’s history tells us a great deal about how different peoples supported themselves through their connections to the land.
On the morning of our final day in the Park, John helped students mull over what they’d gotten out of their experiences living, studying and playing around Tremont. Tremont’s core objectives include encouraging a love of the natural environment in the Smokies and fostering a sense of stewardship of nature.