Several hundred people have enjoyed a leisurely course with the Smoky Mountain Field School this year.

Why don’t you experience a mid to late-summer adventure?

Mosses, Liverworts & Hornworts of the Smokies (Saturday, July 31; $49) — Learn how to identify these intriguing non-flowering plants and about their niche in the natural environment.

Incredible Edibles & Traditional Medicinals (Saturday, August 28; $49) — Spend a day discovering how to identify plants and trees Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicines, crafts, and other items of daily life.

Introduction to Map & Compass (Saturday, Sept. 18; $49) — This course includes an introduction to the use of a forester’s compass and a basic understanding of reading and topographical map as used by land managing agencies for control and management of emergency incidents.

Advanced Use of Map & Compass (Sunday, Sept. 19; $49) — This course will be an in-depth instruction of map and compass skills by incorporating the use of the forester’s compass and the 7.5 topographical map series of the U.S.G.S. to conduct a simulator multi-agency search and rescue exercise in basically a “table-top” format.

A Smoky Mountain Day Hike (Sunday, Sept. 19; $49) — Take a moderate seven-mile hike in the woods that will highlight many of the delightful aspects of the diverse Smoky Mountains.

The Smoky Mountain Field School’s 2010 season continues through the end of October.  View the full schedule.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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