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  1. Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye 

    Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye  Story and artwork by Gaynell Lawson  With a fascination and enjoyment of birds, how do I go from studying a bird to painting a fanciful image of the bird? For that matter, why paint a fanciful bird instead of a true likeness? Carolina Wren by Gaynell Lawson As I determine the bird’s habits and attributes, an Read more...
  2. Participation High for Third Year of Cherokee Sochan Gathering in Park

    Participation High for Third Year of Cherokee Sochan Gathering in Park By Frances Figart  While the word “harvest” usually brings autumn to mind, spring is the time of year for harvesting sochan. Also known as green-headed coneflower, sochan plays an important role in the cultural heritage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who gathered food and medicine directly from the land in the Great Read more...
  3. Image for the Asking: Between the Campbells

    Image for the Asking: Between the Campbells Story and image by Don McGowan One of the great joys of living in the Southern Appalachians and in close proximity to the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is the opportunity for close observation as the starkness of winter with its leafless deciduous hardwoods, slowly at first and then in a full-out run, brings to these old hills another Read more...
  4. Wildflowers 101: Blooming Shrubs

    Wildflowers 101: Blooming Shrubs Story and images by Tom Harrington Many wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains have very unique fragrances that can be helpful in identifying them. As an example, let’s examine dog-hobble and witch-hobble. These plants are technically shrubs, but their gorgeous blooms are worth searching for around this time of year. Dog- Read more...
  5. Father–Daughter Duo Discovers New Aquatic Organism

    Father–Daughter Duo Discovers New Aquatic Organism By Frances Figart A new aquatic organism has been discovered from a wetland near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. It's a microscopic worm-like creature that feeds on algae and bacteria, and it appears to be pretty common across North America and much of the world, if one thinks to look for it. This slide image of a hairybellied Read more...
  6. Remarkable Women of the Smokies

    Remarkable Women of the Smokies By Sarah Shiver Many inspiring and influential women have ties to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some lived and died in the Smokies before the park was established, while others advocated for the park’s creation or drew artistic inspiration from it. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a look at three women of the smokies Read more...
  7. New Sepia Tones Series Adds Missing Liner Notes to Smokies Music History

    New Sepia Tones Series Adds Missing Liner Notes to Smokies Music History The Great Smoky Mountains are positively full of music. The songs begin with the music of the Cherokee—the Principal People who passed down their myths, songs, and dance long before the invention of a written Cherokee language. Later, in the 19th and 20th centuries, the music came to include the songs of settlers, the enslaved peoples who Read more...
  8. Team BUSAR Assists GSMNP with Search and Rescue Operations

    Team BUSAR Assists GSMNP with Search and Rescue Operations By Sarah Shiver Photos courtesy of Team BUSAR When exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is not uncommon for visitors to find themselves momentarily disoriented. Usually this confusion is resolved by quickly glancing at a map or asking a fellow hiker for directions. But for backcountry explorers who stray from the trail, face Read more...
  9. Trailside Talk: Greenbrier

    Trailside Talk: Greenbrier By Mike Hembree It’s easy to miss the entrance to one of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most noteworthy sections. Drive too fast on Highway 321 east of Gatlinburg and you’ll zoom past the small GSMNP sign by the Little Pigeon River bridge, and you’ll miss a grand experience. You’ll miss Greenbrier. In a Read more...
  10. New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings

    New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director When I started working at Great Smoky Mountains Association in 2017, I figured I would write a book at some point in my tenure. But I never dreamed I would become the author of a children’s book. The impetus for it goes back to my own childhood, which was idyllic. I grew up in Eastern Read more...

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