Ranger-Led Field Trips

What We Offer

We offer a wide variety of free, curriculum-based field trips led by park rangers. These programs allign with NC & TN state learning standards and provide students with engaging learning experiences, while utilizing the park's cultural and natural resources as teaching tools to enhance classroom learning. Please note - we can have a maximum of 1 chaperone per 5 students attend a field trip.

How to Request a Program

In Tennessee: email us or call 865-436-1258.
In North Carolina: e-mail us or call 828-497-1907

Programs We Provide by Grade (click links for more info)

Tennessee K-5th Grade

Tennessee 6-8th Grade

Tennessee 9-12th Grade

North Carolina K-5th Grade

North Carolina 6-8th Grade

North Carolina 9-12th Grade

Do We Have to Pay to Park on an Education Program?

If your school is attending an official ranger-led education program in TN or NC, your parking fee will be waived. These are programs that allign to your classroom learning standards. This applies only to education programs and does not apply to general ranger or junior ranger programs. Once you request an education program, ask your ranger for more details!
If your school is attending a field trip in the park without a park ranger, please visit this page to see if you qualify for a parking fee waiver: Education Parking Exemption - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Students and Ranger looking at nets in a stream.
Please visit our Teacher FAQ page for answers to common questions.

Last updated: April 11, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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