Community Partners and Business Alliances
Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont
We operate year-round serving students and nature-lovers of all ages with school programs, workshops, summer youth programs and camps, citizen science projects and naturalist certification classes. If you love the outdoors, chances are we’ve got something going on that you’d be interested in.
Maryville & Alcoa Parks and Rec
The team approach in one place minimizes the trauma of having the child go to multiple places to tell their story mutliple times at law enforcement offices, the doctor/hospital and the office of the Child Protective Services. Non-offending family members are also assisted at the Center through advocacy information, education and support groups.
Keep Blount Beautiful
Project Healing Waters
They provide basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All fly fishing and tying equipment is provided to the participants at no cost. Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day, are also provided free of charge to participants.
One of the most active and accomplished advocates you could get connected to, TN Wild leads regular outings and trail maintenance trips as a means to create advocates for Tennessee’s wild places.
Little River Watershed
Dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the Little River Watershed located in Blount County, Tennessee, you’ll regularly see them wading through the river or cleaning it’s banks. LRWA is a dynamic organization with a history of accomplishments, broad community support, an active volunteer base, emerging program areas and a diverse and active board of directors.
Blount Co Habitat For Humanity
Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Appalachian Bear Rescue
Appalachian Bear Rescue promotes the health and well-being of all black bears. We care for orphaned and injured black bear cubs for return to their natural wild habitat; study all aspects of returning cubs to the wild; and educate the public about coexisting with black bears.
Local businesses that share our passion for community we have aligned ourselves with.
Founder Bruce Guillaume realized sports not only kept him physically fit, but mentally fit as well. Combining physical elements into his work life began immediately after graduate school. During the early 1980s, this meant using exercise prescriptions with many of his clients.
Not only does Mountain Challenge provide a resource to Maryville College for the student body, they also work with many businesses each year to teach what its’ like to be a team.
They provide high quality, safe outdoor experiences designed to change the world for the better, one person at a time.
A hub in the Maryville, Vienna Coffeehouse is a favorite 3rd place for many in the community. Their dedication to sustainable business practices extends from the sourcing of their beans, to local environmentalism and beyond. You can usually smell when the have the beans roasting. It’s like the bat signal, you’ll want to stop by and get some to take home with you.
Dancing Bear Lodge
If you’re planning a vacation in Townsend, you’re probably going to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dancing Bear Lodge is your base camp for exploring this spectacular corner of the world. Enjoy the peaceful side of the Smokies.
Bluetick Brewery is developing into every beer lover’s dream and is a reprieve for homebrewers in the area. Bluetick will also be a great environment for your casual beer drinker who inevitably will expand their beer horizons. With a taproom underway using reclaimed barnwood harvested by Bluetick Co-op members, the atmosphere at Bluetick will truly be an expression of its members with an appreciation for its community.