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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!

 

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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
    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Everyday from 08/14/2016 to 09/17/2016

    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

    Junior Ranger: Creature Feature

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarland Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Everyday from 08/14/2016 to 09/17/2016

    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.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Slimy Salamanders

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • 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.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: River Ramble

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee River Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 08/23/2016 to 09/06/2016

    Stroll along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a Ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: School Days at Little Greenbrier

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM,2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Little Greenbrier School
    • Fees: Free, space is limited, please arrive 15 minutes early
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 08/16/2016 to 09/13/2016

    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. Fun for all ages, and great for Junior Rangers.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Riding Stables
    • Fees: $14.00/person
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 08/17/2016 to 09/16/2016

    Join a ranger for an evening open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly, first-come, first-serve for this program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks!

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Clingman's Dome Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 08/14/2016 to 09/14/2016

    Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how these mountains were born and how they have changed over time.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Neighbors or Nuisances?

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 08/17/2016 to 09/14/2016

    Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mammal Mania!

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 08/17/2016 to 09/15/2016

    Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Night Hike

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    • Location: Orientation Shelter at the Entrance to the Loop Road
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 08/18/2016 to 09/15/2016

    Join a park ranger for an evening walk discovering the night creatures of the Cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Campfire

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 26, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/19/2016 to 09/17/2016

    Join a ranger for a National Park tradition—the evening campfire program. Topics vary, but you’re guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 26, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 08/19/2016 to 09/16/2016

    You've heard it before, but was it really the "good ol' days?" Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn about the "new comers" who settled here and farmed this land.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger Program

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 27, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/14/2016 to 09/17/2016

    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

    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 27, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 08/20/2016 to 09/10/2016

    You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 27, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 08/20/2016 to 09/17/2016

    A talk and hands-on demonstration about the wild things in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Down on the Farm

    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/14/2016 to 09/04/2016

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

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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, August 28, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/14/2016 to 09/11/2016

    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

    Logging in the Smokies

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Smokemont Nature Trail in Smokemont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/14/2016 to 09/11/2016

    Join a ranger and enjoy a 1/2 mile nature walk and uncover Smokemont's logging history.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Town of Elkmont

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Ranger Station
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/14/2016 to 09/11/2016

    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

    Music of the Mountains - Townsend

    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Location: Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN
    Friday, September 9, 2016

    Music of the Mountains festival was created to share the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Music of the Mountains - Cosby

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Smoky Mountain Visitor Center on Cosby
    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Music of the Mountains festival was created to share the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Life Festival

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 AM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    The Mountain Farm Museum will be alive with history as demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.

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