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Great Smokies Experience 2016 is live!

This year we’re broadcasting updates from the Great Smokies Experience on our Facebook page. Check us out!

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Bringing it home

Afternoon of Day 11: The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center After leaving our friends at Tremont, we started driving back to Maryville College.  First, though, we stopped by the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center to talk more about the ecological … Continue reading

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Last Days at the Park, 2013

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 … Continue reading

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Mount Le Conte

Day 8: A Big Hike We put Eric and Mia, the two staff leaders and veterans of the Mountain Challenge program, in charge of planning this day’s events.  They ambitiously chose to lead us up to the top of Mount … Continue reading

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From Maryville College to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One one hand, it seems like the passage of time has slowed to a crawl at times; we’re doing so much each day it’s hard to keep track of everything.  On the other hand, it’s hard to get my head … Continue reading

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The First Three Jam-Packed Days

It’s the morning of July 21, 2013: Day four of the first Great Smokies Experience, the students are out in the College Woods with Dr. Mark O’Gorman learning about woodland ecology and management policies and I have a rare opportunity … Continue reading

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Launching the Great Smokies Experience

We are now within a week of launching the Great Smokies Experience at Tremont and Maryville College and we could not be more excited. I want to tell you a little bit about how we got here, but it’s hard … Continue reading

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