Smoky Mountain Field School
In 2024, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the University of Tennessee celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Field School with another year of exceptional educational offerings.
This long-standing partnership has been host to many knowledge-seekers eager to spend time with an expert in the Smokies.
Courses are held on Saturdays for your convenience.
Anyone age 18 and older can enroll.
The Smoky Mountain Field School offers many unique opportunities to Explore, Learn, and Enjoy in one of the nation’s premier national parklands through indoor workshops and outdoor field adventures.
Bring your inquisitive mind, an adult family member or friend, and a passion for adventure and become part of the Field School’s family of participants.
Get to know your national park, its landscape, wildlife, history, culture, and intrinsic value to humankind while renewing your inner spirit.
In addition to the Field School programs listed below, the UT Center for Professional Education & Lifelong Learning partners with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont to offer the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program. This eight-course program provides fundamental and specialty skills in Southern Appalachian ecology and interpretive techniques.