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 from July 18 to July 31, 2013*, 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 (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 about half of this class camping at the Tremont Institute in the national park, and the other half living on campus at MC. Although the Great Smokies National Park is the cornerstone of this experience, students will also take trips to parts of the Cherokee National Forest, the Maryville College Woods, to a hydroelectric dam, and other significant sites. This comparative focus will allow students to reflect on different natural resource management philosophies and their consequences.
The entire per-student cost of this program and class is $1,495.00 which includes tuition, room, board, all special events, and transportation during the duration of the class.
The deadline to apply to the Great Smokies Experience is Friday, May 31, 2013. Since space is limited, earlier applicants are more likely to reserve a spot in the class.
Please fill out a free online application for the Great Smokies Experience here, and we will get back to prospective students within approximately seven days of receiving an application.
If you have more questions, you can learn more about the philosophies behind our program, or learn more about the individual educators involved in this unique partnership.
Please email Dr. Doug Sofer, Great Smokies Experience coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
* The final day of class on July 31 will be a day of goodbyes and packing up. Students who need to depart at the end of July 30 will still be eligible to participate fully in this program and earn college credit.