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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
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
An Evening Stroll with the Walker Sisters16SP69605/24/1679.00
Historic Cataloochee Valley, Smoky Mountain Elk & More:16SP887-105/28/1679.00
Care & Release of Orphaned & Injured Black Bear Cubs16SU73506/04/1679.00
Nature Sketching - Watercolor or Pencil16SU90606/04/1679.00
Ferns, Wildflowers, and Ecological Relationships of Roan Mountain16SU92106/11/1679.00
Park Flora (Plants) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68606/11/1679.00
The Light Show in the Smokies(Closed)*16SU86606/13/1679.00
Basic Visual Tracking16SU95906/18/1679.00
Culture & History - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68806/18/1679.00
Mosses and Liverworts of the Smokies16SU90206/18/1679.00
Mt. LeConte Hike & Overnight in the Lodge(Closed)*16SU85606/18/16195.00
Foraging for Food & Farmacy16SU88106/25/1679.00
Park Fauna (Animals) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68706/25/1679.00
Outdoor Safety & Preparedness - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU68407/02/1679.00
Edible & Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies16SU85807/09/1679.00
Park Fauna (Animals) - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU687-107/09/1679.00
Culture & 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)16SU686-107/23/160.00
Outdoor Safety & Preparedness - Jr. Naturalist Course (Grades 6-8)16SU684-107/30/1679.00
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 & 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
Map & Compass16FA893-109/10/1679.00
Photography for Naturalists16FA90709/10/1679.00
Birding in the Smokies16FA85109/17/1679.00
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...& More!16FA73810/08/1679.00
Introduction to Orienteering16FA86710/08/1679.00
Advanced Wilderness Orienteering16FA867-110/09/1679.00
Edible & Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies16FA85810/15/1679.00
Managing Black Bears & Hogs - Native & Exotic 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 & Overnight in the Lodge(Closed)*16FA85710/29/16195.00
Cherokee Heritage Adventure16FA736-111/05/1679.00
Elkmont - Transition and Change16FA93811/05/1679.00
Winter Tree Identification16FA90311/05/1679.00