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Join a ranger-guided program to learn about the park.

Explore the park with a ranger!

Ranger-led programs are offered spring through fall. Use the calendar below to find information about the park's ranger-guided programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more! The spring schedule of events is posted in mid-March; the summer schedule in early June; and the fall schedule in early September.

Check out our Not-So-Junior Ranger program, designed for rangers between the ages of 13 and 130!

In addition to the programs listed below, daily milling demonstrations are offered spring through fall at the park's historic Mingus Mill and Cable Mill.
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Other ways to explore the park

The park has several partner organizations that offer a wide variety of programs, including guided hikes, summer camps, family adventures, naturalist workshops, and programs on synchronous fireflies, butterflies, wildflowers, salamanders, elk, bears, tracking, the Cherokee, and so much more! See what adventures await you!

 

How to use the Search for Events feature

To search for events by dates, click on the small calendar icons to choose your start and end dates, then click on "Show Results" for a listing of programs. Or type in a keyword and click on "Show Results" to view programs by topic.

 

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: School Days at Little Greenbrier

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Go back in time to discover what it was like to live in a mountain community and go to school in a one-room schoolhouse. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Join a ranger for an evening open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly, first-come, first-serve for this program. More

    Time:
    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00/person
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    On Top of Old Smoky

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, September 4, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Friday, September 4, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding time!

    Friday, September 4, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    This interactive, fun program will cover wildlife, history, or other things that make Cades Cove awesome. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    So you think you know a lot about bears, huh? Well join a ranger to test your knowledge and learn more about this “symbol of the Smokies.” More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Join us on for a traditional Appalachian music jam session. All levels of playing are welcome. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    How elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh. Ask a Ranger your elk questions. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    A talk and hands-on demonstration about the wild things in the park. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    On Top of Old Smoky

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    So you think you know a lot about bears, huh? Well join a ranger to test your knowledge and learn more about this “symbol of the Smokies.” More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Work & Play

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    Experience what it was like to work on a farm and work as a family to get the chores done. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    A talk and hands-on demonstration about the wild things in the park. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Mill Tour

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Join a ranger for a walk through several of the historic structures that were important to the community. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Eeek! Bats!

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: School Days at Little Greenbrier

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    Go back in time to discover what it was like to live in a mountain community and go to school in a one-room schoolhouse. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    Join a ranger for an evening open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly, first-come, first-serve for this program. More

    Time:
    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00/person
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    On Top of Old Smoky

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding time!

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    This interactive, fun program will cover wildlife, history, or other things that make Cades Cove awesome. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    So you think you know a lot about bears, huh? Well join a ranger to test your knowledge and learn more about this “symbol of the Smokies.” More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    How elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh. Ask a Ranger your elk questions. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    A talk and hands-on demonstration about the wild things in the park. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    On Top of Old Smoky

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Life Festival

    Saturday, September 19, 2015

    The Mountain Farm Museum will be alive with history as demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 19, 2015

    Join us on for a traditional Appalachian music jam session. All levels of playing are welcome. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, September 19, 2015

    How elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh. Ask a Ranger your elk questions. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, September 26, 2015

    How elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh. Ask a Ranger your elk questions. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart

    Monday, September 28, 2015

    Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free

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