The Smoky Mountain Field School has a number of new offerings in 2012. Find out more about thes new, interesting experiences:

Stories, Tales and Adventures – The Appalachian Way – Bring a sack lunch and join Bill Landry for a day of adventure and learning about our southern Appalachian heritage. Sort out old sayings, stories and tales, in a backcountry setting where nature abounds. We’ll find an old rock wall or cabin porch to sit upon or walk and talk down a quiet path, probably both. April 21, June 2 & August 4

Early Settlers – Their Heritage and Dialect – Journey back to the days of early cove and hillside settlement with award-winning author and columnist, Sam Venable in a session on mountain ways, traditions and southern Appalachian dialect. This talented speaker and writer will share his view of a past way of life as you sharpen your skills in expressing your perspective of the culture and traditions of the southern highlands. May 12 & June 16

Early Settler Mountain Cooking – Join Walter Lambert and friends for a fun day of southern Appalachian style cooking in the midst of the Great Smokies. Chef Walter will share his knowledge of ‘old-timey delights’ with participants as he cooks with a Dutch oven and a blackened iron skillet or two. June 23 & September 8


Naturalist Workshop and Day Hike – Join thirty-year veteran Field School instructors, Joel and Kathy Zachry, for a day (morning workshop followed by hike) packed with stories, information and examples of the diversity of nature found within our Smokies. After learning about intriguing plants and animal life and how to avoid dangerous encounters, we’ll head outside and put the newly-learned skills to good use. We’ll search for overturned rocks and logs, tracks, scat piles and other evidence of who lives among these mountains while we exchange ideas on gear and our favorite trails. June 16

Wilderness First Aid – Whether you’re hiking, biking, camping, fishing or just generally enjoying the great outdoors, accidents can happen. This class is designed to provide basic first aid procedures to handle many field emergencies. In addition to learning first aid treatment for the most common backcountry emergencies found in wilderness and remote areas, learn leadership skills in how to manage a backcountry emergency incident.  May 19

Bears and Hogs of South Cherokee – Learn the biology, life history, management objectives and the challenges of managing black bears and wild hogs on the south Cherokee Wildlife Management Area.
April 21 & May 12