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Smoky Mountain Field School

Spend a day in the Park with an expertů

The Smoky Mountain Field School enters its 39th season of providing excellent educational programming in 2016, as the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial anniversary

The Field School is a long-standing, successful partnership between the University of Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offering high-quality workshops, hikes, and adventures for people who want to learn more about their beloved Smokies.

These non-credit, weekend programs are taught by UT professors, naturalists, and other experts at various locations in and around the Park.

Come join an expert in the field to explore, learn and enjoy our beautiful Smoky Mountains. Over 30 instructors offer over 80 courses on topics ranging from wildlife to wildflowers, mushrooms to music, or fishing to photography. Whatever your interest, we have a course for you!

In 2016, we introduce several new programs to complement the programs you've grown to love each season.

For questions or for more information call 865-974-0150.

TitleCodeBeginsFee
Hiking - Just Getting Started16WI85203/12/1679.00
Introduction to Orienteering16WI86703/12/1679.00
Advanced Wilderness Orienteering16WI867-103/13/1679.00
Animal Tracking and Nature Observation16WI89203/20/1679.00
Polliwogs, Eggs, and Singing Frogs16WI91903/26/1679.00
Wilderness Wildflowers - Marvels of Spring16SP92604/09/1679.00
Foraging for Food and Farmacy16SP88104/16/1679.00
Managing Black Bears and Hogs - Natives and Exotics Species16SP88004/16/1679.00
Spring Wildflower and Nature Photography16SP86004/16/1695.00
Bears of Our Smokies16SP86104/23/1679.00
Birding in the Smokies16SP85104/23/1679.00
Smoky Mountain Fiddle Tunes16SP87804/23/1679.00
Backpacking with Confidence16SP85904/30/16158.00
How Mountain Music Shaped Appalachian Culture...or Vice Versa!16SP86904/30/1679.00
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Mt. LeConte Hike and Overnight in the Lodge(Closed)*16SP85504/30/16195.00
Historic Cataloochee Valley, Smoky Mountain Elk & More:16SP88705/07/1679.00
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Introduction to Fly-casting & Fly-fishing16SP93105/07/1679.00
Introduction to Spin-Casting & Spin-Fishing16SP87305/21/1679.00
Introduction to Tree Identification16SP92905/21/1679.00
Mountain Music - Beginner's Old Time Banjo16SP872-205/21/1679.00
An Evening Stroll with the Walker Sisters16SP69605/24/1679.00
Historic Cataloochee Valley, Smoky Mountain Elk & More:16SP887-105/28/1679.00
Nature Sketching - Watercolor or Pencil16SU90606/04/1679.00
Care & Release of Orphaned & Injured Black Bear Cubs16SU73506/11/1679.00
Ferns, Wildflowers, and Ecological Relationships of Roan Mountain16SU92106/11/1679.00
Park Flora (Plants) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16FA68606/11/1679.00
The Light Show in the Smokies(Closed)*16SU86606/13/1679.00
Basic Visual Tracking16SU95906/18/1679.00
Culture and History - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68806/18/1679.00
Mosses and Liverworts of the Smokies16SU90206/18/1679.00
Mt. LeConte Hike and Overnight in the Lodge16SU85606/18/16195.00
Foraging for Food and Farmacy16SU88106/25/1679.00
Park Fauna (Animals) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68706/25/1679.00
Outdoor Safety and Preparedness - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SP68407/02/1679.00
Edible and Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies16SU85807/09/1679.00
Park Fauna (Animals) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU687-107/09/1679.00
Culture and History - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU688-107/16/1679.00
Introduction to Fly-casting & Fly-fishing16SU93107/16/1679.00
Roan Mountain's Unique Alder Bald & the Baatany Goat Project16SU89707/16/1679.00
Sensational Salamanders16SU882-107/16/1679.00
Park Flora (Plants) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68607/23/1679.00
Outdoor Safety and Preparedness - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68407/30/1679.00
Family Nature Discovery Hike16SU85308/13/1679.00
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Introduction to Fly-casting & Fly-fishing16SU931-108/13/1679.00
Care & Release of Orphaned & Injured Black Bear Cubs16SU735-108/20/1679.00
Foraging for Food and Farmacy16SU881-108/20/1679.00
Introduction to Spin-Casting & Spin-Fishing16SU87308/20/1679.00
Fall Wildflowers - A Cades Cove Bounty16FA89809/10/1679.00
How Mountain Music Shaped Appalachian Culture...or Vice Versa!16FA86909/10/1679.00
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Map and Compass16FA893-109/10/1679.00
Photography for Naturalists16FA90709/10/1679.00
Birding in the Smokies16FA85109/17/1679.00
Mountain Music - Old Time Sing-a-Long/Jam Session16FA872-309/17/1679.00
History Comes Alive at the Little Greenbrier School & Walker Sisters Cabin16FA69809/24/1679.00
Butterflies & Flutterbies16FA89409/25/1679.00
Appalachian Trail Day Hike: Clingmans Dome to Siler Bald Shelter16FA88510/01/1679.00
Smoky Mountain Fiddle Tunes16FA87810/01/1679.00
Friends in High Places - A Day Hike on Mt. LeConte16FA69710/02/1679.00
Bears of Our Smokies16FA86110/08/1679.00
Cherokee Plant Lore...and More!16FA73810/08/1679.00
Introduction to Orienteering16FA86710/08/1679.00
Advanced Wilderness Orienteering16FA867-110/09/1679.00
Edible and Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies16FA85810/15/1679.00
Managing Black Bears and Hogs - Natives and Exotics Species16FA88010/15/1679.00
History Comes Alive at the Little Greenbrier School & Walker Sisters Cabin16FA698-110/22/1679.00
Fall Nature Photography16FA90410/29/1695.00
Mt. LeConte Hike and Overnight in the Lodge16FA85710/29/16195.00
Cherokee Heritage Adventure16FA736-111/05/1679.00
Elkmont - Transition and Change16FA93811/05/1679.00
Winter Tree Identification16FA90311/05/1679.00