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.
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.
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.
Did you know that thousand and thousands of different kinds of plants and animals live in the Smokies? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this "Ranger's Choice" style program.
Location: Chimneys Picnic Area near Cove Hardwood Nature Trail
Fees: Free, Limited to 25 participants. Call (865) 436-1291 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 08/15/2016 to 09/14/2016
Join a Ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park's most popular amphibian. Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature. Closed-toed shoes recommended.
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!