Partnerships That Make a Difference: Great Smoky Mountains National Park and UT

As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and UT

400x300 man writingUT’s partnership with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a unique and mutually beneficial relationship. This collaboration supports and enhances public access, appreciation, financial support, preservation and stewardship of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while providing essential educational, research, and service-learning opportunities for students and faculty in the country’s largest and most biodiverse national park. In any given year there are approximately 100 faculty members and twenty to thirty undergraduate and graduate students researching, teaching, or learning in the park at the same time.

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