New for 2015: Tuition to the Great Smokies Experience has been reduced by nearly two thirds!  Check out our FAQ to learn more.

High school students: earn college credit in the Great Smoky Mountains!  July 16-27, 2015

Join us for the Great Smokies Experience, July 16-27, 2015.

The Great Smokies Experience is a one-of-a-kind, credit-bearing, introductory college experience for high school students entering their junior and senior years, and recent high school grads.  Created and administered by professional educators from Maryville College, The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and the Mountain Challenge Program, this is an eleven-day, hands-on environmental program that takes place mostly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For more information, explore our frequently asked questions, learn about our educators, and get to know some of the ideas that drive this program.

Participants who successfully complete this program will earn credit for a three-hour Introduction to Environmental Issues (ENV 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 most of this class living at Tremont in the park, with the remaining time taking place on campus at Maryville College and at other important sites in Southern Appalachia.  Students will go on breathtaking hikes, take a canoe trip to the Tellico Reservoir, take scientific species surveys, expore the National Park at night, climb up Mt. LeConte, investigate the Maryville College Woods, and spend time in a classroom tackling big questions about the environment and our relationship to the earth.

Program dates and deadlines

The third annual Great Smokies Experience will take place from July 16-27, 2015.

Please take a look at our frequently asked questions or email Dr. Doug Sofer, Coordinator of the Great Smokies Experience, at if you want to learn more about this exciting opportunity or if you have other questions whatsoever.

We can't wait to hear from you!

-- The Great Smokies Experience Team


PS. While you're here, make sure to check out Maryville College's Sustainability initiatives, as well as our majors in Environmental Studies, and in Environmental Science.