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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The Old Sugar House Project

It was standing, neglected and unused, full of old farm equipment and rodent nests.   But we felt the Old Sugar House was also full of potential to be a classroom in the woods and a home base for field […]


“I Like It Better Here”

We accept new students at YouthWork and Learn throughout the year.  Here’s what our latest student says about his first days with us: “My first two weeks at Smokey House were exciting. Monday, we completed work on the workbench. I did […]


Chicken Cordon Bleu at Smokey House

He was boasting about his grandmother’s Chicken Cordon Bleu, and when he told us he would make it for us one day, we took him at his word.  Lucas wrote out the recipe, and I bought the ingredients.  Then, on […]


A New Workbench for TTC at Smokey House

Up to now we’ve made good use of old desks and tables for our projects in the classroom barn, but under the guidance of teacher-carpenter Robin Chesnut-Tangerman we have built a sturdy workbench to make our projects easier to manage. […]

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Wilderness First Aid at Smokey House

YouthWork & Learn students have been studying  survival skills this season, from fire and shelter building to emergency first aid.  This culminated in the official SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, a two-day event resulting in certificates of completion for […]