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Explore the park with a ranger!

Ranger-led programs are offered spring through fall. Use the calendar below to find information about the park's ranger-guided programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more! The spring schedule of events is posted in mid-March; the summer schedule in early June; and the fall schedule in early September.

Check out our Not-So-Junior Ranger program, designed for rangers between the ages of 13 and 130!

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!

 

How to use the Search for Events feature

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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Walk in the Woods

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 04/07/2017 to 05/06/2017

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll and discover stories of history and nature along this scenic, wooded trail.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Art in the Park

    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 04/08/2017 to 05/06/2017

    Art has a long history in our national parks and the works of artists have captured the imaginations of the public, spurring them to preserve these lands. Get your creative juices pumping and develop your own park inspired masterpieces.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Charismatic Mega-fauna

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 04/08/2017 to 05/06/2017

    What is it? Where can I see it? Find out from a ranger if there is something we're not telling you!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Creature Feature

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Everyday from 04/05/2017 to 05/06/2017

    Did you know that the Smokies in one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this "Ranger's Choice" style program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger Program

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 04/08/2017 to 05/06/2017

    Bring the kids for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies. Earn a badge and certificate.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Town of Elkmont

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Meet behind Elkmont Ranger Station
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 04/08/2017 to 05/06/2017

    Take an afternoon stroll with a ranger and learn about Elkmont when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boomtown.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD Program

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center area, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 04/08/2017 to 05/06/2017

    A short talk and demonstration about the wild things in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    • Time: 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
    • Location: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 04/09/2017 to 04/30/2017

    It’s all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into the fields!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Springtime on the Farm

    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 04/09/2017 to 04/30/2017

    Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what activities settlers may have been engaged in such as fence building, woodworking, or gardening. Activities vary.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    What's in the Water?

    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 04/09/2017 to 04/30/2017

    Learn about and look for critters found in the waterways of the Park while discovering what they reveal about the health of our streams.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Precious Memories

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 04/06/2017 to 05/04/2017

    Discover the importance of the Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove's everyday life.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Return of the Elk

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Cataloochee Valley, Rough Fork Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 04/11/2017 to 05/02/2017

    Come enjoy a guided hike to where the elk acclimation pen was located and explore how, when, and why the elk returned to the Smokies.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    School Days at Little Greenbrier

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 04/11/2017 to 05/02/2017

    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.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Ranger-led Hayrides

    • Location: Cades Cove Riding Stables
    • Fees: $14.00 per person
    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 04/06/2017 to 05/04/2017

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. $14.00 per person.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Coffee with a Ranger

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Location: Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 04/07/2017 to 05/05/2017

    Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what’s happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian music.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, May 12, 2017

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Hear the story of the return of the largest mammal in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Science at Sugarlands

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Join a scientist on the 3rd Friday of the month to learn about and engage in on-going scientific research happening inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Topics vary every month.

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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