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Parkway 8th graders can enjoy a spring break they'll never forget with STEM in the Smokies.

STEM in the Smokies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For spring break, Parkway 8th graders can travel to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for an adventure-packed week of hands-on, real world STEM experiences. The week will be filled with exploring the wilderness, searching for wildlife, learning about the environment and developing leadership skills while applying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Join Parkway teachers and administrators as we stay at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, an environmental education center inside the National Park.

Important Travel Update

Updated March 12
The Parkway STEM in the Smokies trip scheduled for March 15-20 has been cancelled. We are in the process of notifying families now. All families will receive a full refund. The refund will be processed over the 5-10 business days and be sent to the payment method utilized when registering. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call or text us at 636-891-6644. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Experience STEM!

  • Science: Utilize the scientific method during every outing and hone your observation skills.
  • Technology: Explore the tools used by the area’s first settlers and compare the artifacts to what is used today.
  • Engineering: Go white water rafting! Become a hydrologist as you determine the effect dams have on the region’s recreation industry and energy creation.
  • Math: Hike! Collect data to analyze the air quality and concentration of species at different altitudes.

White Water Rafting

Prepare to get wet whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River! Spend a day at the world renowned Nantahala Outdoor Center learning how to raft safely as you navigate the river. Investigate watershed and the engineering of the dam systems used to make rafting possible.

Trip Dates

March 15-20, 2020


The trip fee of $779 has been set to meet the district requirement that this trip is self-funded and that the fee covers the cost for all expenses. A $179 deposit is due at the time of registration with three installments of $200 via credit/debit card or check. Please contact us if you would like to help fund this experience for another student. Limited fee assistance is available to those who qualify.


STEM in the Smokies is open to all 8th grade Parkway students (in the 2019-20 school year). Registrations must be submitted by the parent or legal guardian for the child. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register online now for the STEM in the Smokies.

About Online Registration: In order to register online, you will need to create an account in  our online registration system (if you do not already have one). In addition, your child must be added to your account prior to registering him/her for the trip program.

​Travel and Lodging Accommodations

We will travel by charter coach to the Tremont Institute inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our accommodations at Tremont Institute include dormitory style housing, a full service cafeteria, outdoor classroom facilities and indoor lab space. Students will be housed and supervised in single gender dorms which are equipped with heat, restrooms and showers. Meals are student friendly with healthy options and are served family style in the cafeteria.​  Many allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please contact Kevin Zimmer at or call 636-458-3048 for more information. Learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont​ (GSMIT)​.

Class Instruction

Tremont instructors partner with Parkway teachers to lead students through classes that explore the unique environment of the Smokies, develop leadership skills and build teamwork amongst students. The staff at Tremont have a passion for sharing their knowledge with our students!

Important Information

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made to afford students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate. If a parent believes that his/her child will need accommodations, a form will need to be completed to initiate planning. To obtain a copy of the form, please contact Katelyn Brieden, Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed Inclusion Specialist, at 636-891-6639 or