• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Ranger-Led Field Trips

Park Ranger showing a flower to a young school student

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a wide variety of free, ranger-led, curriculum-based programs. These programs are correlated to North Carolina and Tennessee State learning standards, provide students with an engaging learning experience, and enhance classroom learning by utilizing the park's cultural and natural resources as teaching tools.


Our education programs are crafted for particular grade levels and their specific state standards. Please visit the individual grade pages for information on program locations, details on program themes and activities, and downloadable lesson plans.

All programs require pre-registration. Please download and return the appropriate registration form:
TN Registration form
NC Registration form

Contact Us
Email: Education Branch

Mail: Education Branch
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park HQ Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone NC: (828) 497-1907
Phone TN: (865) 436-1258


Did You Know?

Mingus Mill is a turbine-driven grist mill.

Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park. More...