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  1. Playtime in the Smokies

    Playtime in the Smokies By Mike Aday, Librarian/Archivist Keeping children occupied during our current situation takes creativity and ingenuity. With the shift to online learning, parents also want ways to limit screen time and provide variety. Perhaps looking at what children in Appalachia did for fun a hundred years ago can give us some ideas. What kinds of games Read more...
  2. Video feature: Become Bear Aware

    Video feature: Become Bear Aware By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate  The weekend is upon us, and visitors will be flocking to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most of them will be eager to see wildlife, and Ursus americanus, the American black bear, is likely at the top of their list. Please remember that bears are wild animals, and any Read more...
  3. Video feature: Bears in a Place Called Cades Cove

    Video feature: Bears in a Place Called Cades Cove By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate  This week we've been sharing several posts in a series about black bears with some important considerations for those of us who live in and visit the Smokies region. Today we share with you a video segment from our film, A Place Called Cades Cove, featuring this icon of the Read more...
  4. Bears without Boundaries Part 4: How Social Media Affects the Human–Bear Conflict Zone

    Bears without Boundaries Part 4: How Social Media Affects the Human–Bear Conflict Zone Story by Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Today’s human–bear conflict zone is made even more complicated by our ability to instantly share information digitally to huge numbers of people with the click of a few buttons on our smart phones or laptop keyboards. “In the last few years, we have been alarmed at the number Read more...
  5. Bears without Boundaries Part 3: The Smoky Mountains BearWise Community Taskforce

    Bears without Boundaries Part 3: The Smoky Mountains BearWise Community Taskforce By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director As a resident of Gatlinburg’s Chalet Village, SJ Geis encounters a lot of tourists and a lot of bears during the high season in the Smokies. She says that most of the vacationers have never lived in bear country and are completely “clueless and unsuspecting” about bear behavior Read more...
  6. Bears without Boundaries Part 2: Get Back to the BearWise Basics

    Bears without Boundaries Part 2: Get Back to the BearWise Basics By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  Black bear populations are on the rise in our region—and so are human ones. The intersection of the two living together in ever increasing areas of development is what biologists call the human–bear conflict zone. Bears are opportunists; they eat what is readily available. Imagine Read more...
  7. Bears Without Boundaries Part 1: Evolution of the Human–Bear Conflict Zone

    Bears Without Boundaries Part 1: Evolution of the Human–Bear Conflict Zone By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  Sequoia and Redwood national parks have their giant trees. Yellowstone has the Great Fountain Geyser; Yosemite has Half Dome. For Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many communities in its vicinity, the icon is the black bear. Unlike large rocks, trees and fountains, bears move Read more...
  8. Magic Drawing Bear: Episode Three

    Magic Drawing Bear: Episode Three By Lisa Horstman, GSMA Lead Publications Specialist Can you guess what the drawing is before it's finished? Author and illustrator extraordinaire Lisa Horstman presents Magic Drawing Bear, fun for kids of all ages. “Preserving the park and its history through my designs shows me that working toward a goal that is much bigger and longer- Read more...
  9. Album produced by ETSU’s Dr. Ted Olson receives Independent Music Award

    Album produced by ETSU’s Dr. Ted Olson receives Independent Music Award “Tell It to Me: Revisiting the Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929,” an album produced and curated by East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Ted Olson, was recently named Best Compilation Album for 2019 by the Independent Music Awards. “Tell It to Me” was released by Germany’s Bear Family Records, an internationally Read more...
  10. An Unlikely Park Champion

    An Unlikely Park Champion By Ben Anderson In the early 20th century, our nation was fortunate to have a number of exceptionally wealthy people who became heavily involved in the conservation and national parks movement. Among them was John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose philanthropy was vital to the creation of several parks across the country, including Great Smoky Mountains Read more...

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