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Free Things To Do Next Week In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Free Activities In The Smokies For The Week of April 25, 2010

Every week there are all kinds of fun and educational things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park -plus they’re free!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Junior Ranger Activity: Charismatic Mega-fauna -What is “charismatic mega-fauna”? Where can I see it? Find out from a ranger if there is something they’re not telling you! This event repeats every Sunday through May 9, 2010. Wheelchair accessible.

When: 10:30am to 11:00am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, South Porch

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley -Reflect on how old-time religion satisfied both spiritual and social needs of the mountain people on this easy, one mile walk. This event repeats every Sunday through May 9, 2010.

When: 10:30am to 11:30am
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Bear with Us -The North American black bear has become a symbol of the Smokies. Learn about some of their characteristics and how to observe these wonderful animals. This is a good activity for Junior Rangers and repeats every Sunday through May 9, 2010. Wheelchair accessible.

When: 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing! -Join a ranger and experience the melody of the mountains. This is a 2 hour, moderate hike -4 miles roundtrip and repeats every Sunday through May 9, 2010.

When: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Kephart Prong Trailhead

Monday, April 26, 2010

Elkmont Nature Trail -Come and enjoy a glimpse into the past. This is an easy, 1 hour walk and repeats every Monday through May 10, 2010.

When: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Elkmont Nature Trailhead

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk - Join park staff to discover the life of the Smoky Mountain elk. This event repeats every Monday through May 10, 2010. Wheelchair accessible.

When: 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio

Cataract Falls Walk -Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains. This is an easy, 1 hour walk and repeats every Monday through May 10, 2010.

When:  1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Take a Walk with a Naturalist -Take a closer look at the harbingers of spring–birds, flowers, trees, and amphibians. Easy walk. This event repeats every Tuesday through May 11, 2010.

When: 9:00am to 11:00am
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Little Greenbrier School -Readin’ and writin’ and fun. Turn back the clock to 1900 and find out what it was like to attend school in a one-room log schoolhouse. This event repeats every Tuesday through May 11, 2010.

When: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Porters Flats Walk -Discover the natural and cultural wonders of the Greenbrier area of the Smokies. Easy to moderate walk. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. This event repeats every Wednesday through May 12, 2010.

When: 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: Porter Flats Trailhead in Greenbrier

Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk -Join a park ranger and walk along part of the Appalachian Trail. Discover the beauty and secrets of this high elevation ecosystem. Moderate hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. This event repeats every Wednesday through May 12, 2010.

When: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Where:  Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trees of the Smokies -Join us on this leisurely walk along the Fighting Creek Nature Trail as we identify some of the trees found in the Smokies. Easy walk. This event repeats every Thursday through May 13, 2010.

When: 11:00am to 12:30pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio

Highland Homeland -Sit a spell on the front porch of the Ogle cabin and learn about the families who once lived here. Guided walk at 1:00 p.m.; short talks and stories presented from noon to 2:00 p.m. This event repeats every Thursday through May 13, 2010.

When: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where:  Noah “Bud” Ogle Nature Trail on Cherokee Orchard Road

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies -What is the most dangerous animal in the park? Is it the bear? Surely it is the snake! Come join park staff and find out, you might be surprised! Easy walk and a good activity for Junior Rangers. This event repeats every Thursday through May 13, 2010.

When: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Friday, April 30, 2010

Myth and Medicine -Join a ranger for a guided hike to learn about early settlers of the region and their use of nature`s bountiful resources. Easy walk. This event repeats every Friday through May 14, 2010.

When: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Civil War in the Smokies -Join us for a short walk to hear about Colonel Thomas and his legion of Confederate Cherokees, the Civil War outposts of Clingmans Dome, Fort Harry, and Alum Cave, and the Battle of Gatlinburg. Easy walk. This event repeats every Friday through May 14, 2010.

When: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Waterfalls Walk -Discover the beauty of three waterfalls on this easy to moderate, 3 hour walk -2.5 miles roundtrip. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and snacks. This event repeats every Friday through May 14, 2010.

When: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Juney Whank Falls trailhead at the Deep Creek trailhead parking area

Elkmont History Walk -Logging and tourism were both factors in the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Elkmont played a major role in this history. Walk back through time on this easy walk. This event repeats every Friday through May 14, 2010.

When: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Elkmont Campground at the Bridge

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Enjoying Spring`s Beauty -Experience a guided hike observing the spring season through the beauty of wildflowers on the Chestnut Top Trail. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of State Road 73 (Townsend entrance road) and Little River Road, also known as the Townsend Wye. This is a difficult (trail is very steep), 1 hour hike -1 mile roundtrip. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.

When: 9:30am to 10:30am
Where: Chestnut Top Trail

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts -Join a Ranger for a short walk down to the river to learn about the Smokies fish species. This event repeats every Saturday through May 15, 2010. Wheelchair accessible.

When: 10:30am to 11:00am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, South Porch

Cataract Falls Walk -Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains. This is an easy, 1 hour walk.

When: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio


Bear with Us -The North American black bear has become a symbol of the Smokies. Learn about some of their characteristics and how to observe these wonderful animals. This is a good activity for Junior Rangers and repeats every Saturday through May 15, 2010. Wheelchair accessible.

When: 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio

Down on the Farm -Walk down to the farm for a glimpse into the past. Demonstrations vary. This event repeats every Saturday through May 15, 2010. Wheelchair accessible.

When: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center

For more information:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Schedule of Events
-Search for upcoming events by date.

Great Smoky Mountains Maps -Downloadable park, trail, region and campground maps.

You can also stop by any Visitor Center -be sure to pick up a free Smokies Guide newspaper that lists all these activities and more.


Blessings,

Denese




Citizen Science Days In The Great Smoky Mountains

On June 29 and July 2 you can become a “Citizen Scientist” and join Great Smoky Mountains National Park researchers and educators in collecting scientific data in the park.

Special High School Volunteer Day

Monday, June 29: Mapping in a Maze of Grass -10:00 am to 2:00 pm

This project will include collecting data, mapping evidence, and treating fire ant mounds. Open only to high school students and recent graduates.

Special Public Volunteer Day

Thursday, July 2: Filling in the Gaps on the Map -9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Participants will spend the day exploring the trails between the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center and Sugarlands Visitor Center and map the big trees along the way. Open to the public of any age (for those 12 years of age or younger, a parent is required to be present). Limited to 20 people, reservations required.

For more information on these events, please see The Great Smoky Mountains National Park website.

Blessings,

 Denese