Field Trips

Planning a field trip can be challenging. We have staff in both North Carolina and Tennessee who can help you navigate the process.

Field Trip Packets will help you plan your educational experience in the park:
Packets for Ranger-Guided Programs
Packets for Teacher-Guided Programs

Please visit our Teacher FAQ page for answers to common questions.

Watch a short video about our programs:
Tennessee Elementary School
North Carolina Elementary School
North Carolina Middle School
North Carolina High School

Contact Us
Email: Education Branch
Phone TN: (865) 436-1258
Phone NC: (828) 497-1907


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  • Cherokees traveilling the Trail of Tears

    In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which authorized the removal of native tribes living east of the Mississippi River. Many of the tribes had firm roots in their homes in the east and resisted the move West.  Some were removed by military force which resulted in tragic consequences.  This program explores the catastrophe of Indian removal.

    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four, and Five
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    trail of tears, Indian Removal, Permanent Indian Frontier, Cherokee Indians
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Life

    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
    Social Studies