New for 2015: Tuition to the Great Smokies Experience has been greatly reduced! Check out our FAQ to learn more.
High school students: earn college credit in the Great Smoky Mountains! July 16-27, 2015
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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, explore 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.
Applying to the Great Smokies Experience
If you've read enough and are as excited about this program as we are, you can apply to the Great Smokies Experience by filling out our free, online application!
The deadline to apply to the Great Smokies Experience is Friday, May 29, 2015. Space is limited to twelve students for this year's program and earlier registrants are more likely to reserve a spot in the class.
We can't wait to hear from you!
-- The Great Smokies Experience Team