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Field Ecology Trip to the Tremont Institue

Trip Dates: Friday, August 21-Sunday, August 23

The Tremont Institute is located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. According to the National Park Service, “no other area of equal size in a temperate climate can match the park’s amazing diversity of plants, animals, and invertebrates. Over 17,000 species have been documented in the park: Scientists believe an additional 30,000-80,000 species may live here.” The park is also considered the salamander capital of the world, with over 30 species found within the park! During this trip, students will work with expert Tremont Naturalists to survey some of these salamander populations. What better place for students to learn field ecology methods?  In addition, students will explore the stream ecology of the Middle Prong of the Little River, work with Tremont staff to collect data in an ongoing biodiversity survey, and take several hikes to simply enjoy the beauty of the park.

Forms and Handouts:

Important Trip Details

Packing List

JPII Permission Slip–due 8/17/15

Tremont Registration Form–due 8/17/15


Other Resources:

National Park Service: Great Smoky Mountains Nature and Science

Website of the Tremont Institute