Author: Frances Figart

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Wildflowers 101: Summer Finds

    Wildflowers 101: Summer Finds Crimson Bee Balm Story and images by Tom Harrington As we advance in the summer season, it is only fitting that we examine some summer wildflowers. In this report we will check out crimson beebalm, Turk’s cap lily, and filmy angelica. Crimson beebalm is recognized as having one of the most brilliant scarlet red Read more...
  6. Trailside Talk: Reports from the Rangers

    Trailside Talk: Reports from the Rangers Ranger giving information at kiosk. Photo courtesy of GSMNP archives. By Mike Hembree How much has Great Smoky Mountains National Park changed over the past half-century? A lot. And not much at all. The trees are bigger. The streams are wider and deeper. River rocks grow a tiny bit smoother with each passing storm. Parts Read more...
  7. Mountain Time: “The Green Tunnel” Through the Smokies

    Mountain Time: “The Green Tunnel” Through the Smokies By Arthur “Butch” McDade The Appalachian Trail (AT) is an iconic American long-distance path. In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it runs over 70 miles along the park’s high ridges and gaps, including Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the AT. For many hikers, it’s the premier trail in the park. And while the Read more...
  8. Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia

    Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director On July 1, the United States House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act to reauthorize funding for transportation projects across the country. Aiming to protect biodiversity, stimulate the economy, and reduce highway fatalities, the bill proposes $400 million for projects to reduce Read more...
  9. It’s Time to Try Birding Beyond the Backyard

    It’s Time to Try Birding Beyond the Backyard  by Aaron Searcy, Publications Associate If you found yourself paying closer attention to the natural world around you this past year, you’re not alone. Months of lockdowns, layoffs, and isolation have translated into soaring popularity for simpler outdoor pastimes, including a unique growing community of “bird nerds.&rdquo Read more...
  10. Knowing the BearWise Basics Can Save Lives in the Backcountry

    Knowing the BearWise Basics Can Save Lives in the Backcountry By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director June is traditionally the most challenging month for managing human–bear conflicts in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By mid-month this year, the park had already closed several campsites where bears had damaged tents and taken backpacks in search of food. Then, in the early hours of Read more...

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