Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted the 5th Grade class at Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, TN to participate in a series of experiences culminating in the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 which coincides with their 8th grade graduation. Read more
Park Resource Education staff hosted teacher workshops focusing on weather and technology for 24 local teachers and over 2,000 students. Read more
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with funding assistance from the Youth Partnership Program, hired eighteen high school students from its eight surrounding counties to participate in a summer intern program. Read more
During the summer of 2012, a group of five students embarked on their first expedition into Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s wilderness as a part of the Experience Your Smokies Youth Leadership Class. The four-year course is being offered through the Park’s partner, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and will introduce its young participants to the cultural and biological diversity of the park though classroom programs as well as active outdoor learning opportun Read more
Great Smoky Mountains National Park initiated their first Artist in Residence Program during 2012. With help from Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the first three artists shared their unique park inspirations to over 1000 park visitors during the summer. Read more
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...