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It’s Firefly Time In The Smoky Mountains

This event is finished for this year but reoccurs around the same time each year in June.

It’s peak flashing season for the synchronous fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you can see this this natural phenomenon at Elkmont, from June 5th-13th. This year, there are two options for getting there:

Trolley service from Sugarlands Visitor Center
Trolleys from the City of Gatlinburg will pick up visitors at the Sugarlands Visitor Center RV/bus parking area starting at 7pm and will run continuously until the parking area is full -or until 9pm if the parking area doesn’t fill up. The cost for the trolley service is $1 per person.

Shuttle Service from Townsend, TN
Cades Cove Tours is offering a shuttle service from Townsend. The 3 hour tour starts at 8:30 and the cost is also $1 per person, but space is limited and the shuttles are filling up fast.

Please note: The Elkmont entrance road will be closed to all motor vehicles and pedestrians every night from 5:00 p.m. until midnight, June 5-13.

Happy viewing,


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Homeschool/Education Freebies And Citizen Science Opportunity For Learning About Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

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Sites About Fireflies

Unit Studies and Lessons About Fireflies

  • Fireflies! -This 9 page unit for lower elementary grades includes: a guided reading activity, a page to record firefly facts, an acrostic poem page, and a making words activity page. You must sign up for a free account with Teachers Pay Teachers to download this resource.

Firefly Printables

Citizen Science: Firefly Watch

  • Museum Of Science Firefly Watch –going on now. Sign up and share your observations of fireflies in your backyard to help scientists learn about the geographic distribution of fireflies and their activity during the summer season. Wonderful educational activity for the whole family.

Happy teaching,


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