• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

Support Your Park

A bike patrol volunteer standing beside a field in Cades Cove

Whether you're young or old, the park can use your talents! Consider becoming a volunteer today.

Warren Bielenberg photo

Volunteer

Do you care about the park? Become a VIP! A member of the Volunteers In Parks program, that is.

The park could not function without the efforts of its dedicated volunteers. As a VIP you can help the park provide educational programs for visitors, assist rangers in protecting the park's priceless natural and cultural resources, help maintain hiking trails, and much more! There are many rewarding opportunities awaiting you. Share your talents today!
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Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the park, please visit the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park or do a bit of shopping at Great Smoky Mountains Association store. These nonprofit organizations assist the park by raising funds, increasing public awareness of park issues, and by supporting the educational, scientific, and historical efforts of the park.

 

Artist in Residence Program

Learn more about our Artist in Residence program.

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