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  1. Sorghum Inspired Recipes from Smokies Area Chefs

    Sorghum Inspired Recipes from Smokies Area Chefs Chefs from Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN) and Knox Mason (Knoxville, TN) generously shared sorghum-inspired recipes from their own collection. Click the recipe cards to download.           Read more...
  2. Share Your Photos for Science! DLiA to Host Talk on Community Science SnapIt & MapIt Project

    Share Your Photos for Science! DLiA to Host Talk on Community Science SnapIt & MapIt Project Photo by Valerie Polk Did you know you could be using your phone to help study the exceptional biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Join Discover Life in America (DLiA) Science and Research Director Will Kuhn on Friday, October 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a crash course on Species SnapIt & MapIt—a unique community Read more...
  3. Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies

    Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies For many families living in and around the Smokies before the creation of the national park, fall was the season for harvesting and processing sorghum syrup—a sweet treat that shines particularly when combined with butter on hot biscuits and pancakes or mixed in porridge and grits.  Today, the smell of simmering syrup still summons Read more...
  4. Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball

    Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball By Steve Kemp Longtime park partner Discover Life in America (DLIA) has announced its first-ever Salamander Ball on Wheels! This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the Parkway Drive-in Theater in Maryville, TN, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Activities will include live music by guitarist Bill Mize, videos highlighting DLIA’s Read more...
  5. Wait, Don’t Kill It! Spiders Protect Us from Disease

    Wait, Don’t Kill It! Spiders Protect Us from Disease By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  This time of year, some varieties of spiders may seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by coming into your house. If you find one, consider this before you take action: Most spiders are harmless, they provide essential services for humans, and they are actually critical for the balance of Read more...
  6. Permanent Camp: Asters

    Permanent Camp: Asters by George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison The seasons spin around: spring into summer into autumn into winter. As I write this, summer is sliding into autumn. For some, it's a time of decline and decay, of frenzied wood gathering and other preparations for the often-dark days of winter. For others, autumn is the most Read more...
  7. Great Smokies wildlife technician one of few Hispanics working in WNC outdoors careers

    Great Smokies wildlife technician one of few Hispanics working in WNC outdoors careers September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Great Smoky Mountains Association shares this article by Karen Chávez of Asheville Citizen Times to honor the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as they pertain to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  by Read more...
  8. Smoky Mountain Air Podcast: Vesna Plakanis talks about the wild foods of summer

    Smoky Mountain Air Podcast: Vesna Plakanis talks about the wild foods of summer Please remember that picking plants is prohibited in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but some fruits, berries, nuts, and certain mushrooms may be gathered for personal use within limits. No wild mushroom should be eaten unless its identification is absolutely certain, which usually requires an expert to determine. ­Many mushrooms are Read more...
  9. Teachers need support too!

    Teachers need support too! By John Didiego, Tremont Education Director In a typical year, the social and emotional wellbeing of students might top my list of concerns heading into the school year. Kids can’t even begin to learn when their basic needs aren’t met.  This year, however, that concern is edged out by the needs of another critical Read more...
  10. Why euthanize bears that have fed on human remains? Biologist: Bears may repeat behavior

    Why euthanize bears that have fed on human remains? Biologist: Bears may repeat behavior This article is being shared with the permission of Karen Chávez and Asheville Citizen Times. It can be read in its entirety by clicking the link below. By Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen Times What's in a black bear's belly? It could range from bees to household trash to blueberries. And even the remains of humans, according Read more...

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