Smoky Mountain Field School

Smoky Mountain Field School

On your next Gatlinburg vacation head to our outdoor classroom in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!  For the past 33 years, the National Park has partnered with the University of Tennessee forming the Smoky Mountain Field School.

Winter in the WoodsThe Field School offers high-quality workshops, hikes, and adventures for students of all ages who want to enhance their enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of the Smokies and the great outdoors.

Most of the courses take place during the warmer months, but there are several happening soon!  The very first 2011 workshop will be Winter in the Woods: Buds, Branches, and Bark on Saturday February 26th.  Explore several forest types and learn to identify trees and shrubs without leaves on this leisurely 2-mile walk.  Instructor Carey Jones, a retired Park Ranger, has a wealth of knowledge and is a great teacher!

Orienteering is the process of using a map and compass to travel from one place to another.  Join Neal Buckingham on March 5th for Introduction to Orienteering.  Through lectures, classroom activities, and field exercises, you’ll learn the fundamental skills of both competitive and wilderness orienteering.Up Close and Personal!

In addition to adult classes, The Field School also offers Family Programs.  On Saturday, March 26th, bring your family to Cades Cove to join Elizabeth Domingue for Polywogs, Eggs, and Singing Frogs.  Help search for Spotted Salamander and Wood Frog eggs, tadpoles, and salamanders!  Get a close-up look at the three stages of amphibian development and learn more about frogs and salamanders!

Incredible Edibles and Traditional Medicinals is a popular course that is offered several times every year.  Spend a day discovering how to identify plants and trees Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicines, crafts, and other items of daily life. Sample delicious wild flavors appropriate to the seasons.  This course is offered several times each year, as different plants are available during different seasons. Get to Know Nature I have heard great reviews for this class, and I think I might take it this year.  The first class is April 16th.  It will offered again in August and October.

If any of these courses sound like fun, then download the course catalog or pick up a copy at Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Questions? Email them to  professionalpgms@utk.edu or call (865) 974-0150.

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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