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Great Smoky Mountains Aquatic Biology and Trout Fishing Adventure for Middle Schoolers

Ttremont summer adventureOWNSEND -- Middle schoolers, get ready for four days of adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Tennessee Council of Trout Unlmited will hold its second annual Great Smoky Mountains Aquatic Biology and Trout Fishing Adventure June 18–23, 2012 at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

At Summer Adventure you will learn about the importance of our nation's aquatic resources. Some of the topics taught will be about stream ecology, brook trout restoration, stream physics and chemistry, fishing etiquette and aquatic entomology. You will also experience fly tying and fly fishing along with hiking and swimming.

Trout Unlimited has partnered with GSMIT, a private, nonprofit, residential environmental learning center that has operated for 38 years in the national park. The institute's mission is to provide natural and cultural resources, educational programs, workshops and camps for groups of all ages.

GSMIT is in Walker Valley on the banks of Little River's Middle Prong just a few miles to the entrance of Cades Cove. The prong is a coldwater stream containing brook, brown and rainbow trout. Facilities include dormitories, dining hall, classrooms, outdoor meeting shelters, bookstore/gift shop and full-time professional staff.

Summer Adventure 2012 will begin on Monday afternoon, June 18, and end at noon on Saturday, June 23. Boys and girls 12 to 15 years old as of June 18 are eligible to apply; Trout Unlimited will accept a total of 12 participants. Tuition is $488; insurance coverage is supplied by GSMIT.

A new website has been created for Summer Adventure 2012 by students at Anderson County Career and Technical Center—high schoolers working on behalf of middle schoolers! If you are interested in attending 2012 Summer Adventure, you must complete an application form on the new website, Application deadline is March 1, 2012; selections will be made by March 15. Applications should be mailed or e-mailed to: John Thurman, P.O. Box 546, Norris, TN 37828,

When families are notified that their child has been selected, they will be provided with a GSMIT registration form; TU will be happy to help families complete this form. All applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than March 20, 2012.

Published January 14, 2012

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