TTC at Smokey HouseA partnership between The Tutorial Center and Smokey House Center in 2013 brought education back to the grounds of Smokey House Center in Danby, Vt. This partnership combines the educational expertise of The Tutorial Center with the farm and forest resources and the agricultural and environmental education history of the 5,000-acre Smokey House Center. All services take place on-site on the grounds of Smokey House Center.

img_5069Both The Tutorial Center and Smokey House Center are excited about this innovative collaboration. Together, we work closely with southern Vermont schools and community organizations to provide high-quality educational opportunities for youth and adults that motivate learning and lead to high achievement.

The range of educational opportunities that are available for children and adults include:


SugarHouse K DYouthWork and Learn – Farm and Forest: A full-day, school-year program of farm- and forest-based education  for youth in grades 8-12 who have not been thriving in traditional academic settings. Click here to learn more about YouthWork and Learn

Field Studies: Under the guidance of environmental educators and area environmental professionals, students apply academic skills to conduct in-the-field research on environmental topics. Field studies programs can be intensive two-week programs with culminating presentations (such as the MS spring vernal pools investigation), year-long research with monthly site visits (such as the 6th grade Watershed Project) or one-day activities, custom-designed. Click here to learn more about Field Studies

YAP! (Youth Agricultural Project): A seasonal work-experience program for at-risk youth, the Youth Agriculture Project helps youth develop self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and real work skills through the hands-on growing and marketing of food plants. The Tutorial Center’s Youth Agriculture Project has received national recognition for its success with at-risk youth and its impact on the local community.  Current YAP sites are in Bennington, Manchester, and at Smokey House.  In 2015 and 2016 YAP at Smokey House provided work-training opportunities for students in grades 6 through 9.  Click here to learn more about YAP!

img_8058Personalized K-12 Tutoring: Tutoring is provided one-to-one in a supportive, motivating environment by skilled, compassionate instructors who can help individuals experience success. Tutoring is available in any subject area. Click here to learn more about Tutoring services at Smokey House

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Tutorial Center Instructor Elected to VT House

We’re all immensely proud that TTC instructor Robin Chesnut-Tangerman has been elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. Robin first began working as Tutorial Center instructor in our Manchester learning center and then moved to TTC at Smokey House. As an […]


First Quarter Project Presentations – YWL at Smokey House

At the end of the first quarter, we shared our progress with parents and teachers.  After a delicious lunch (prepared by students, of course), each student gave a talk, with PowerPoint, about his project work during the first quarter.  Here […]


YouthWork&Learn – Off and Running

The first week of school at YouthWork&Learn – we started this school year at full speed! On the first day (Wednesday), after all the welcomes and introductions, and a cook-out for lunch, we harvested vegetables and herbs from our garden and […]


Flowers and Compost Bins

Hot, hazy, and humid… that didn’t slow down our Danby crew in its second week.  With only two days of work this week because of the 4th of July, the YAP crew weeded (everything!), transplanted (flowers by the Smokey House […]

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YAP 2014 at Smokey House

The 2014 Summer Work&Learn program is up and running at TTC at Smokey House.  During our first days the crew attacked the weeds in the garden, transplanted seedlings, pulled wild (aka “poison”) parsnip, and learned about mulch and compost.   […]