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  1. Discover Life in America Keeps on Discovering

    Discover Life in America Keeps on Discovering By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Did you know that there are now 21,183 total known species in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? That’s a lot of species, and new ones are always likely to be discovered during bioblitz events hosted by nonprofit park partner Discover Life in America (DLiA). DLiA manages the All Taxa Read more...
  2. Plan Like a Ranger When You Visit National Parks

    Plan Like a Ranger When You Visit National Parks By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Visitation at national parks is increasing and expected to continue to grow throughout the summer. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is experiencing high monthly visitor numbers, suggesting we may top 2019’s record-breaking 12.5 million visitors by the end of 2021. Even during Read more...
  3. Park Leads the World in Science of ‘Water Bears’

    Park Leads the World in Science of ‘Water Bears’ By Aaron Searcy When Dr. Paul Bartels takes a walk in the woods, he sees a landscape absolutely teeming with bears. You’ll just need a microscope to see the ‘bears’ he has in mind. “They occur in moss and lichen on trees and rocks,” said Bartels. “They’re also in soil, in leaf litter, and stream Read more...
  4. ‘Sepia Tones’ Returns with Music—and Dance—on the Move

    ‘Sepia Tones’ Returns with Music—and Dance—on the Move The second episode of the Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music podcast mini-series begins with a story. “He said, ‘Now, I’m gonna tell you, if I ever catch you playing the fiddle on my route ever again, I will make sure that you get put under the jail,’” recalls fiddler and prominent old-time musician Read more...
  5. Wildflowers 101: More Summer Treats

    Wildflowers 101: More Summer Treats Many of us look forward to summer when we can enjoy yummy homemade ice cream and other fantastic goodies. For me, seeking, finding, identifying, and enjoying wildflowers in the Smokies is almost as enjoyable as eating summer treats. Let’s examine some more beautiful wildflowers that you can discover this season. Yellow- Read more...
  6. Trailside Talk: The Deer and the Snake

    Trailside Talk: The Deer and the Snake Please remember to view wildlife in the Smokies responsibly. Park regulations forbid feeding, touching, or willfully approaching bear or elk within 50 yards (150 feet), or any distance that disturbs or displaces wildlife. Violation of this rule is a federal offense and may result in fines and arrest. If wildlife is approaching you or trying to Read more...
  7. Wildflowers 101: Late Summer Wonders

    Wildflowers 101: Late Summer Wonders Story and images by Tom Harrington In this edition of Wildflowers 101, let us look at three more mid to late summer wildflowers: wild golden glow, monkshood, and grass of Parnassus. These three wildflowers have several common characteristics. First, they all grow on Mount Le Conte, which is the third highest mountain in our beautiful Read more...
  8. Frequently Asked Questions about Bears at Cades Cove Visitor Center

    Frequently Asked Questions about Bears at Cades Cove Visitor Center By Sarah Shiver, Sales Assistant I have spent much of my life in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which allowed me to learn about it from a very young age. Each visit provided a new learning opportunity and helped me become familiar with (though certainly not an expert in) everything from hiking trails to animal behavior. While Read more...
  9. Word from the Smokies: Internship Bridges Gap Between High School and College

    Word from the Smokies: Internship Bridges Gap Between High School and College By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Kaylie Hallcox and Morgan Kirkpatrick just finished up six weeks working in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the 2021 summer high school internship program. Assisting rangers, researchers, and scientists with a variety of projects, the two recent high school graduates had an Read more...
  10. Saving Our Smokies, One Piece of Litter at a Time

    Saving Our Smokies, One Piece of Litter at a Time Jerry and Darlene Willis are saving Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one piece of litter at a time. Jerry is founder and president of Save Our Smokies (S.O.S.), one of many groups that work together as Litter Patrol volunteers. Image courtesy of Jerry and Darlene Willis. by Frances Figart, Creative Services Director How Read more...

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