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Field Trips at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is East Tennessee’s premier facility for out of the classroom, hands on learning. Travel back in time to learn about Cherokee culture and the migration of European settlers. See the 2015-16 Field Trip Guide by clicking on the link above. For scheduling, contact Beth Sutton, Curator of Education, at gsmhcedu@yahoo.com or 865.448.0044. Please have a few dates in mind when scheduling!

Don’t forget that we offer transportation assistance for schools visiting the Heritage Center. Download and complete the Transportation Assistance Fund form and fax it 865.448.6975 at least one month prior to your scheduled field trip day.

Prior to your visit, be sure to read over the following details. Because we are a museum, there are a few tips and guidelines that we would like for you to review with your students prior to your arrival.

Things to Remember:

  • Students on field trips from schools located inside Blount County receive FREE admission! Some activities, such as crafts and cooking activities require a small additional fee for materials, as seen in the brochure. Field trip admission for schools outside Blount County is $3.00 per student.
  • Teachers and bus drivers receive free admission; all other chaperones pay $3.00 each.
  • Seating space is available for eating lunch; however there are no vending machines on site.
  • Please call at least 1 month in advance to schedule your visit. Available dates fill up quickly. Schedule as early as possible to reserve your desired date.
  • Please have students divided into groups before you arrive. We will discuss group size together.
  • It is a good idea to gather the lunches into large boxes and coolers and bring them into the Center when you arrive. Please do not have each child carry his or her own lunchbox, and do not leave lunches on the bus.
  • Field trips to the Heritage Center usually include time spent outdoors and doing crafts, where clothes may become soiled. Students should wear comfortable shoes and play clothes. No flip-flops, please!
  • Always check the weather prior to coming! Please remind parents to dress their children appropriately for the weather.

Beth Sutton, Curator of Education
Phone: (865) 448-0044
Email: gsmhcedu@yahoo.com

Educational programs at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center are made possible through the support of the following organizations:
  • Clayton Foundation
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.
  • East Tennessee Foundation
  • Foothills Kiwanis
  • Mary & Mike Crawford
  • Tennessee Arts Commission