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Tremont will move forward with fall programming

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will “with cautious optimism” resume field programs in the fall after having canceled many spring and summer programs due to the coronavirus. 

Some of these programs fit naturally with new social distancing guidelines, such as a three-day backpacking adventure for women planned for Oct. 8-11. 

From start to finish, the three-day backpacking adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes place outdoors. Chances of contracting the virus are greatly reduced when outdoors, according to many health experts, and the program’s smaller number of participants similarly lowers the chances of spreading the virus. One-person tents spaced out in large backcountry campsites will ensure separation, as will the way meals are served. 

What sets Tremont programs apart from other backpack trips offered in the region, according to Tremont naturalist Elizabeth Davis, is that every facet is educational. From acquiring skills in the most comfortable way to pack one’s backpack to soaking up the natural and cultural history of the Smokies, to learning about camping technologies such as stoves and water filters, it all takes place under the tutelage of experts like Davis who will co-lead the trip. 

This fall Tremont will also be conducting a photography workshop, hiking programs, and numerous courses through their Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program. To register for fall programs, visit While Tremont plans to move forward with these programs at this time, developments in the coronavirus outbreak may require schedule changes.  

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