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What is the Great Smokies Experience at Tremont and Maryville College?

The Great Smokies Experience is a one-of-a-kind, credit-bearing, college class experience for high school students entering their junior and senior years.  Created and administered by professional educators from Maryville College, The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and the Mountain Challenge Program, this is a two-week program that takes place in late July, where you will experience the great outdoors through hands-on experience and getting up close and personal with nature.

Participants who successfully complete this program will earn credit for a three-hour Introduction to Environmental Issues / Sustainability (ENV/SUS 101) class from Maryville College, a high quality, student-friendly liberal arts college with a family-like environment, just a short drive away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Students will spend more than half of this class living and camping at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in the national park, and the remainder on campus at MC.  Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park serves as the cornerstone of this experience, students will also take trips to other places of environmental significance in nearby parts of Southern Appalachia. This comparative focus will allow students to reflect on different natural resource management philosophies and their consequences.

Need more information?

Please email Dr. Doug Sofer, Great Smokies Experience coordinator, at doug.sofer[at]maryvillecollege.edu if you want to learn more about this exciting opportunity or if you have other questions whatsoever.  If you’re new to the Great Smokies Experience, you can find our main website here at http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/gse .

We can’t wait to hear from you!

– Doug Sofer and the Great Smokies Experience Team

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