smokies_sceneThe Smoky Mountain Field School has saved some of its best courses for October, a great month for spending time outdoors.

So come out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors with one of our expert field instructors.

We still have space available in six courses, including the family-oriented Animal Tracks and Traces on Sunday, October 25.

Instructor Wanda DeWaard will take your family on a treasure hunt and find clues in the forest to tell what animals have been there, what they were doing, and when they may come back.

Naturalist Carey Jones, a retired Park Ranger, will lead two courses: Fruit, Foliage and Fall Wildlife (Oct. 10) and Day Hike to Mt. LeConte (Oct. 17).

Perhaps most memorable on the 10-mile roundtrip hike to Mt. LeConte will be the discovery and identification of the trees, flowers, birds, salamanders, and other wildlife that make the Smokies the biological capital of temperate America.

Other October courses are Edible & Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies (Oct. 3) with instructor S. Coleman McCleneghan, Incredible Edibles & Traditional Medicinals (Oct. 10) with Ila Hatter, and Fall Nature Photography (Oct. 24) with Kendall Chiles.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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