Fostering a greater appreciation of
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Go behind the scenes and truly experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participate in hands-on, real-life resource management projects and learn about Park wildlife, aquatic life, native and exotic plants, air quality, management, historic preservation and more. 

The EYS class topics include wild life management, fisheries, archaeology, exotic plants, air quality, historic preservation and native plants.  The topics are covered in five one-half day and one full-day sessions.

Program Details

  • The program runs from July and ends with graduation in January.

  • Classes consist of approximately 25 participants.

  • The application period begins January 1st.

  • A small tuition fee is required and scholarships are available.

2018 Schedule

  • July 21 - Kick off.
  • August 7 - Park Maintenance, Historic Preservation & Fire Management.
  • August 21 - Let’s go Fishing.
  • September 4 - Resource Protection & Wildlife Management.
  • October 18 - Air Quality & Exotics.
  • November 8 - Visitor & Science Centers and introduction to park partners.
  • December 4 - A trip to Tremont & Park’s Collection Preservation Center.
  • January 19 - Graduation.     

Photography provided by Jessica  Hill