It won’t be long until spring arrives. When it does, we’re all set to open the Smoky Mountain Field School for its 32nd season.

“Expand your interest in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and really get to know it through the variety of courses offered this year,” says Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. “For generations, the unspoiled mountains, forests, and streams have been a haven for wild life and an inspiration for mountaineers, backpackers, and casual visitors.”

A variety of workshops, hikes, and other mountain adventures begin in March and continue through October.

Five courses are offered in March: Mt. Sterling Firetower Backpack Hike (March 6-7), Winter in the Woods: Buds, Branches, and Bark (March 13), Animal Tracking & Nature Observation (March 21), A Day of Emerging Plants, Shrubs, and Trees (March 27), and Polliwogs, Eggs, and Singing Frogs (a family program on March 27).

View the entire course schedule.

“Join the Smoky Mountain Field School for a learning adventure,” Ditmansan says. “It will be an enriching experience you will always treasure.”

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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