The following field trips are offered in the park in the spring and in the fall for elementary students. These free cirriculum-based programs provide hands-on learning experiences using the park's cultural and natural resources as teaching tools.
Kindergarten: Explore with Your Senses
Students use their senses to learn about his special protected national park. Students learn about he history and wildlife of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
First Grade: The TREE-mendous Smokies
Students discover the amazing trees of the Smokies through hands-on activities while identifying parts of a plant and plant life-cycles.
Second Grade: Animal Groups
Students explore animal group characteristics during a hike in the forest, animal relay, and the "pelt game".
Second Grade: Mountain Life
Students learn about life in the 1800's during a hike to a mountain cabin. Students will get a chance to use a cross-cut saw, play the "old-timey" medicine game, and make their own "old-timey" toy.
Third Grade: Plant and Animal Adaptations
Students take a hike to explore plant adaptations, and learn about animal animal adaptations by becoming "skull detectives".
Fourth Grade: Mountain Food Webs
Students investigate the relationships between species and the role they all play in a complex forest food web during a mountain hike.
Fifth Grade: Cherokee Culture
Students learn about the indigenous people of the Smokies and their customs and culture during a hike. Students learn about technological development while throwing atlatls and creating their own pottery.
Last updated: July 10, 2023