Tremont’s Naturalist Certification Program: Discover the Great Smoky Mountains

You all know by now that I love the Great Smoky Mountains and that I’m obsessed with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. In fact, I’m a Junkie. I’ve written about their fabulous photography workshops (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C) and even highlighted why Tremont is so awesome for kids, but I’ve never taken you through the nuts …

Postcards from Real Life: Why?

Today I head off yet again to my home-away-from-home, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This trip marks my final class in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification program so as of Sunday I’ll have officially graduated! One of the most frequent questions I get about the program is why I chose to do it. Well for one, I’m a …

Possibilities

Today I head back to Tremont for the next class in my pursuit of the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. It’s a little trip, just a weekend, but it is travel nonetheless and a very welcome adventure at that. In spite of the “littleness” of this journey in terms of time and distance, I’m still excited about what lies ahead. So …

Postcards from Real Life: Immersion

This week I’m off camping in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a little solo exploration time. Next week I head back to Tremont, just around the corner from Cades Cove, for the next two installments of my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. Last week’s Postcard was centered on being open to the unexpected as part of …