Support Your Park
Do you care about the park and wish to help preserve the wonderfully rich natural and cultural resources the park was created to protect? Consider becoming a VIP-a participant in 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 to protect the park's priceless natural and cultural resources-there are many rewarding opportunities awaiting you. Share your talents today!
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.
Did You Know?
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.