Tremont has also fallen victim to the partial federal shutdown.
(WBIR-Townsend) The Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont announced Friday it has suspended all school programs because the park is closed. Tremont is an independent nonprofit organization and is not part of the federal government. Since the park closed road and trails due to the shutdown, however, it's preventing Tremont from providing its normal programs and activities. Hundreds of school children typically visit Tremont during the fall.
"We obviously hope that the shutdown is over soon," said Cathy Ackermann, Tremont's board chair, in a release. "Like many organizations involved in this situation, Tremont will suffer financially. This is one of our busiest times of the year."
Staff is still answering phones, planning curriculum, and completing projects at Tremont. John DiDiego, Tremont executive director, said in release that many of schools have rescheduled.
"Many of our schools visit on an annual basis and are willing to work with us to make sure their students get to come," said DiDiego.
Tremont is posting updates on its website. On-campus programming will resume as soon as the shutdown is over.