Last week, the initial members of the Class of 2016 arrived at Tremont for a six-day stay. This was the first time that the ‘class’ gathered in-person, meeting one another and the staff of Tremont. On the second day, the group departed into the backcountry of the Smokies on a four-day backpacking adventure that turned out to be rather epic. The pictures above offer a small glimpse into that experience – we had a blast and were able to experience these special mountains in all of their rainy majesty!
As additional members of this class are brought on, and experiences compile, this will be a space, over the next four years, where the class will share what they are learning, how they are growing, and everything else in between. This program has some huge potential, and everyone involved is very excited. Stay tuned to hear from the wonderful minds that make up the Great Smoky Mountains Class of 2016 as they engage with the park and all of its invaluable resources.
–Caleb Carlton, teacher/naturalist with Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont