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Use the calendar below to find information about the park's ranger-guided programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more!

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!

 

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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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Events Upcoming for September

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  • Thinking Like a Bear

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    What does the future hold for the black bear in the Smokies? How does the National Park Service manage wildlife here? A ranger answers your questions. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    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

  • Mill tour

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Join a ranger for walk around the historic structures at this site and learn about their function in the Cades Cove community. More

  • So You Want To Be A Park Ranger?

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    How do you become a park ranger? What does a park ranger do? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. More

  • School Days at Little Greenbrier

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Eeek! Bats!

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    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

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    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

  • Junior Ranger: Can you guess?

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    What wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join park staff to find the answer—you just may be surprised. More

  • Wilderness Wednesday Talk

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    The Wilderness Act is 50 years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • A Waterfall by Lantern Light

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    See Cataract Falls in a new way--on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limit 25 people--sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

  • Hike to Alum Cave Bluff

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the smokies. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • The “What Is It?” walk!

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    We all ask “What is it?” many times. The mountain farm museum has an abundance of items that leave us with more questions than answers. Join a ranger for an easy, half-mile walk to learn just what they are! More

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    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

  • Legends of the Cherokee

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Join a ranger for an introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Friday, September 5, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    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

  • Old Town of Elkmont

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Take a stroll with a ranger and learn about Elkmont when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. More

  • Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Join us on the back porch of the visitor center for a jam session. All levels of playing are welcome. More

  • Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    This interactive fun activity compares your abilities to those of animals in the park. More

  • The Tree Army

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a ranger to learn more about the legacy of the CCC. More

  • Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    What if there were no more birds? It happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Aliens Among Us

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Do Coyotes belong here? And do lady beetles? What’s killing the trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted! More

  • Once upon a time…

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Come discover the world of the American Black bear in Great Smoky Mountains – Myths and legends, truth and fiction. More

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    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

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Cataloochee is a great place for viewing elk. Learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Welcome Home!

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    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 in the Great Smoky Mountains. More

  • Junior Ranger: Work & Play

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

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

  • WILD by Design

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

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

  • Songs and Stories of the Smokies

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    The Great Smoky Mountains have a long tradition that is captured in songs and stories. Join a ranger in an old-fashioned sing along and listen to some stories that connect us to the natural world around us. More

  • Thinking Like a Bear

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    What does the future hold for the black bear in the Smokies? How does the National Park Service manage wildlife here? A ranger answers your questions. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    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

  • Mill tour

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Join a ranger for walk around the historic structures at this site and learn about their function in the Cades Cove community. More

  • So You Want To Be A Park Ranger?

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    How do you become a park ranger? What does a park ranger do? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. More

  • School Days at Little Greenbrier

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Eeek! Bats!

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    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

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    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

  • Cades Cove Full Moon Hike

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    See Cades Cove in a different light on this easy 2-mile walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a flashlight. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Subject to cancellation due to hazardous weather. More

  • Junior Ranger: Can you guess?

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    What wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join park staff to find the answer—you just may be surprised. More

  • Wilderness Wednesday Talk

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    The Wilderness Act is 50 years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • A Waterfall by Lantern Light

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    See Cataract Falls in a new way--on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limit 25 people--sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

  • Hike to Alum Cave Bluff

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the smokies. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • The “What Is It?” walk!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    We all ask “What is it?” many times. The mountain farm museum has an abundance of items that leave us with more questions than answers. Join a ranger for an easy, half-mile walk to learn just what they are! More

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    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

  • Legends of the Cherokee

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Join a ranger for an introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Friday, September 12, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    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

  • Old Town of Elkmont

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Take a stroll with a ranger and learn about Elkmont when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. More

  • Rughooking Demonstration

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Watch and learn the techniques of rughooking. More

  • Blacksmith Demonstration

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Learn the art of blacksmithing and why it was important in the Cades Cove community. More

  • Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    This interactive fun activity compares your abilities to those of animals in the park. More

  • The Tree Army

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a ranger to learn more about the legacy of the CCC. More

  • Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    What if there were no more birds? It happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Aliens Among Us

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Do Coyotes belong here? And do lady beetles? What’s killing the trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted! More

  • Once upon a time…

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Come discover the world of the American Black bear in Great Smoky Mountains – Myths and legends, truth and fiction. More

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    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

  • Blacksmith Demonstration

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Learn the art of blacksmithing and why it was important in the Cades Cove community. More

  • Thinking Like a Bear

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    What does the future hold for the black bear in the Smokies? How does the National Park Service manage wildlife here? A ranger answers your questions. More

  • Mountain Life Festival

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    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

  • Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Join us on the back porch of the visitor center for a jam session. All levels of playing are welcome. More

  • Thinking Like a Bear

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    What does the future hold for the black bear in the Smokies? How does the National Park Service manage wildlife here? A ranger answers your questions. More

Did You Know?

Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...