We have extended the deadline to apply to the Great Smokies Experience to June 13, 2014.

 High school students: Earn college credit in the Great Smoky Mountains!

The second annual Great Smokies Experience will take place from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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 ten-day program where you will experience the great outdoors through hands-on experience and getting up close and personal with nature.

The total cost to enroll in the Great Smokies Experience is $1,495, which includes room, food, and all other student expenses during the class including transportation between Maryville College, Tremont, and other sites.

For more information, learn more about last year's pilot version of the Great Smokies Experience by visiting our blog and news site at Greatsmokiesexperience.com.  You may also want to 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 and camping at Tremont in the national park, and the remaining time living on campus at Maryville College.  Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the cornerstone of this experience, students will also take a canoe trip to the Tellico Reservoir, hike in the Maryville College Woods, and take excursions to other significant sites.  This comparative focus will allow students to reflect on different natural resource management philosophies and their consequences. 

Program dates and deadlines

 The second annual Great Smokies Experience will take place from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The deadline to apply to the Great Smokies Experience has been extended to Friday, June 13, 2014.  Since space is limited to twenty students, earlier applicants are more likely to reserve a spot in the class.

Please take a look at our frequently asked questions or email Dr. Doug Sofer, Coordinator of the Great Smokies Experience, at doug.sofer@maryvillecollege.edu 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.