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    Great Smoky Mountains

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    During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »

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    Current Research Projects in the Smokies

    Current Research Projects in the Smokies

    Research is always taking place in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about what is currently happening in the field from resource managers, researchers and park partners.

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    Great Smoky Mountains Electronic Field Trip

    Great Smoky Mountains Electronic Field Trip

    Search for life in the Great Smoky Mountains with seven modules that include downloadable activities, videos, and interactive games. The biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes it a living laboratory filled with a variety of slippery salamanders and creepy crawlies. No lab coat is required to study the abundant wildlife here! All you need is keen observation skills and an excitement for exploration. The 1 hour "field trip" that accompanies the modules was filmed in Nov. 2009.

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    Internet Citizen Science Databases

    Internet Citizen Science Databases

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through our partner, Hands on the Land, provides teachers and students an opportunity to search several internet databases for our most popular research projects. Students can ask and answer their own original research questions or teachers can use helpful resource guides that walk you through the data analysis process.

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    Teacher's Guide to the National Park Service

    Your National Parks are a wealth of curriculum-based experiences, aligned with local, state or national standards of learning. Check this site for fantastic learning opportunities for you and your students, inside the classroom and in the parks

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    Teacher's Guide to WebRangers

    Quickly assess more than 50 WebRangers activities and discover how each activity meets National Standards of Learning. You can read a brief description of each activity and understand how each activity addresses a breadth of subjects.

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    Video and Audio Blogs

    Video and Audio Blogs

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Great Smoky Mountains Association have developed a variety of engaging videos and audio blogs about the park and its resources. Learn and virtually experience the Smokies from your computer!

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...