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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page for further details. More »

Ranger Guided

Class at waterfall

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.

All programs require pre-registration. Please download and email, fax or mail the appropriate registration form. For programs in Tennessee, use the TN Registration form fax #: (865)436-1307; for North Carolina trips, use the NC Registration form fax#: (828) 497-1910


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.

Tennessee Elementary Tennessee Middle Tennessee High
North Carolina Elementary North Carolina Middle North Carolina High

For questions, concerns and comments, please contact by phone:
NC:(828)497-1907, TN:(865)436-1258, email or by mail:
Education Branch
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park HQ Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


Did You Know?

Great Horned Owls can be heard most often in January and February

More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...