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 week-and-a-half long program where you will experience the great outdoors through hands-on experience and getting up close and personal with nature.
Learn more about last year's pilot version of the Great Smokies Experience by visiting our blog and news site at Greatsmokiesexperience.com .
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 and camping at the Tremont Institute in the national park, and the remaining time living on campus at Maryville College. 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 TVA hydroelectric dam, and other significant sites. This comparative focus will allow students to reflect on different natural resource management philosophies and their consequences.
The second annual Great Smokies Experience will take place from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 27, 2014. The total cost of this program will be $1,495, which includes room, food, and all other student expenses during the class including transportation between Maryville College, Tremont, and other sites.
Students in Tennessee can apply for a $300.00 Dual Enrollment Grant to partially offset the cost of the program. The deadline for this scholarship is May 1. Other states may also offer dual enrollment assistance; check with your high school or your state’s board of education.
The deadline to apply to the Great Smokies Experience is Friday, May 30, 2014. Since space is limited to twenty students, earlier applicants are more likely to reserve a spot in the class.
Please email Dr. Doug Sofer, Coordinator of the Great Smokies Experience, at email@example.com 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