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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To Build a Fire

“To Build a Fire” at Smokey House

With cold weather and thick snow, we’ve been experiencing literature in a direct way.  While snowshoeing through the forest and building shelters and fires, we’ve shared Jack London’s story “To Build a Fire.”


Winter World Camp

Join  us  for  a  week  of  winter  survival  activities  exploring  the  winter  woodlands.  Learn  how  to  build  snow  shelters  and  campfires.  Track  animals  and  see  how  they  adapt  to  winter  conditions.  Be  a  citizen  scientist  with  probes  and  other  technology. […]

Solo Schools Wilderness First Aid Class

Wilderness First Aid Course Offered

Have you ever worried about what to do when emergency care is far away? The Tutorial Center at Smokey House is pleased to be sponsoring two Wilderness First Aid courses.  The first one takes place on Feb 27 and 28, […]


Building Survival Shelters

Reports on  Jan. 8 shelter building at YouthWork&Learn at Smokey House: Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (instructor):  With the onset of real winter weather we are spending time learning about winter survival and wilderness first aid. We had talked about emergency shelters recently, and […]

Digging out the inside of the quinzee

Making a Quinzee at Smokey House

What do you do when the first substantial snowfall turns your world white?  You go outside!  Never mind that it’s 12 degrees outside with a wind chill factor around zero.     Monday, as part of our study of winter […]