Teachers & Field Trips

School Field Trips

Field Trips at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is one of East Tennessee’s premier facilities for non-traditional, hands-on learning. Visitors will travel back in time to learn about centuries-old Cherokee culture as well as the immigration of European settlers to the area. For more information, please review our Field Trip Flyer by clicking on the link above. To schedule your trip, please contact our Curator of Education, Ms. Beth Sutton, at [email protected] or 865.448.0044. Please have a few dates in mind prior to scheduling!

Please review the following list of items as they are essential to making your trip to the Heritage Center as fun and as pleasant as possible!

Please Note:

  • Students on field trips from schools located inside Blount County receive FREE admission (chaperones are $4.00). Some activities, such as crafts or sampling homemade butter, require a small additional fee for materials (see Field Trip Flyer). Field trip admission for schools located outside Blount County is $4.00 per student and/or chaperone. (The rate for students outside of Blount County and their chaperones will increase to $5.00 effective August 1, 2020)
  • Teachers and bus drivers with any school group receive FREE admission.
  • Seating space is available for eating lunch; however, there are no vending machines or a cafeteria on site.
  • Please call at least one month in advance to schedule your visit. Available dates fill up quickly; therefore, it is imperative that you schedule your trip as soon as possible in order to reserve your desired date.
  • Please have your students divided into groups before you arrive. We will discuss group size and how many groups you will need prior to your arrival.
  • We request that you gather any lunches or drinks into large boxes or coolers and ask chaperones or any available personnel to carry them into the Center when you arrive. Please DO NOT ask the children to carry their own lunches individually as this will cause unnecessary confusion at lunchtime. Please DO NOT leave any lunches on the bus, and ask chaperones to bring in any lunches they brought themselves.
  • Field trips to the Heritage Center usually include time spent outside and/or crafting wherein clothes may become soiled. Students should wear comfortable shoes and play clothing. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended.
  • Always check the weather forecast prior to your visit! Please remind parents to dress their children appropriately for the weather.

Additionally, we offer transportation assistance for schools visiting the Heritage Center. Just download and complete the Transportation Assistance Fund form and fax it to 865.448.6975 at least one month prior to your scheduled field trip day.


Beth Sutton, Curator of Education

Phone: (865) 448-0044

Email: [email protected]

Educational programs at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center are made possible through the support of the following organizations:

  • Clayton Foundation
  • DENSO Manufacturing
  • East Tennessee Foundation
  • Foothills Kiwanis
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Mary & Mike Crawford
  • The Tennessee Arts Commission
  • US Bank Corporation

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