600 acre mountain classroom

An outdoor education program that will captivate your students with hands-on, experiential learning in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

Many classes support existing state educational standards, and are offered from either a faith-based perspective or a classic public-school approach.

Experiential Learning

Our classes focus on students exploring the natural world where hands-on investigation leads to a deeper understanding.

Create your own customized experience by mixing Survival Skills, Environmental Education, Team Building, and Outdoor Adventure.

Environmental Education

Head outdoors with one of our instructors to discover firsthand the wonders of nature! A few things to expect in our learning environment include investigating the habitat of river critters, having a hands-on encounter with reptiles and amphibians, learning the difference between insects and arachnids, and the significance of dirty hands while investigating decomposers. Our goal is to demonstrate that learning in the great outdoors can enhance a student’s interest and comprehension. As one team with one dream, let’s ignite in our students the joy of learning!

  • Talk with Animals
  • Decomposition
  • River Critters
  • Tree Detectives
  • Nature Hike
  • Incredible invertebrates
teacher and kids in river

Team Building

Come as a group - leave as a team!
  • Unity and Teamwork
  • Trust-Building
  • Problem-Solving
  • Group Initiatives

Survival Skills

Learn the skills you need to survive in nature! From fire-building to shelter construction to navigation you’ll learn valuable outdoor skills.
  • Fire-Building
  • Outdoor Shelters
  • Orienteering
  • Knot-Tying

Outdoor Adventure

Brave new challenges, expand your comfort zone, develop trust, have fun!
climbing tower
train ride

Field trips are customizable:

  • Choose how long you stay (meals are optional)
  • Pick your environmental and survival classes
  • Toss in additional team building or high adventure to conquer fears and develop trust and communication!

Typical Half Day - $24

  • 2 Classes
  • Team-Building Games
  • Lunch

Typical Overnight - $75

  • 1 1/2 Days
  • 5 Classes
  • 1 Outdoor Adventure Activity
  • 4 Meals
  • 1 Night's Lodging


If you can't make it to Doe River Gorge to meet our animals, we can bring them to you!

Our trained staff will travel to your location with 5-7 different species of animals for this one-hour "Talk with Animals" experience. Students get to encounter live, exotic reptiles, birds and mammals through hands-on interaction, instruction and discussion. Give students a chance to explore, value, and enjoy the natural world!

bird on head
teacher showing macaw to children

Email us or call 423-725-4010 for more info