Spend a delightful day out in a field in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fall is a wonderful time of  year to explore this interesting, diverse habitat and for identifying butterflies.

The Smoky Mountain Field School will offer its new “Butterflies and Flutterbies” course on Sunday, September 26, with instructor Wanda DeWaard.

You’ll learn about the signs left by animals, the flowers that are currently blooming, and the changes taking place during the fall season.

DeWaard will discuss the various butterfly families and their natural history.

And, she will help the group identify all butterfly species in order to contribute to the National Park’s ongoing inventory and monitoring efforts.

The registration fee for Butterflies and Flutterbies is $49; online registration is available.

Other Field School courses offered in September include Introduction to Map & Compass (Sept. 18), Advanced Use of Map & Compass (Sept. 19), A Smoky Mountain Day Hike (Sept. 19), Earth Kinship (Sept. 25), Elk in the Smokies (Sept. 25), and A Day with a Naturalist (Sept. 25).

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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