These lesson plans are for teachers conducting their own program. For the ranger-led program plans, visit the Ranger-Guided page.
For Groups Planning an On-Site Program
Before visiting the park, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page. These common topics are worth a reminder and the park-specific details may make your trip more successful.
There is no guarantee that another group will not be utilizing the same location that you plan to visit. With the exception of picnic shelters, areas can not be reserved for the exclusive use of individual groups, therefore two or more groups may be sharing the same area. To learn more about the park's picnic areas and reservation system, visit our picnicking page
For groups planning to use these lessons without traveling to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...