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To participate in the Experience Your Smokies Tennessee program
applicants must be able to attend
2017 Class Schedule
Saturday, July 15 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) ‘Kick off’
Tuesday, August 8 (8:30am – 3:30pm) “Park Maintenance, Historic Preservation & Fire Management”
We will visit the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin at Elkmont and talk about the park’s maintenance operation and preservation of the 80 historic structures. Fire Management activity in the afternoon. Lunch provided. Meet at Elkmont at 8:30 am.
Thursday, August 17 (8:30am – 2:30pm) “Let’s go Fishing”
Joining the park’s Fishery biologist and crew as they sample populations of fish species along the spectacular Abrams Creek in Cades Cove. Waders provided.Lunch will be provided. Meet at Cades Cove Ranger Station/camp ground office at 8:30am
Tuesday, September 5 (1:00pm – 8:30 pm) “Resource Protection & Wildlife Management”
Learn about the Resource Protection operation, observe an interpretive program at a Church, and join a wildlife biologist as he talks about mammals in the Cove and how they are managed. See the night skies like you have never seen before with a night vision scope. Dinner provided. Meet at Cades Cove Ranger Station at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, October 17 (8:30am – 2:30pm) “Air Quality & Exotics”
The parks Air Quality Specialist & Park Forester will present two of the most critical issues affecting the park. We will then visit the University of Tennessee Entomology Lab. Lunch provided. Meet at Look Rock parking lot along the Foothills Parkway at 8:30 am or at Eagle Rock at 7:30 am for breakfast.
Thursday, November 9 (8:30am – 2:30pm) “A Visitor Center, a Science Center and our park partners”
Gain insight into the park’s busiest Visitor Center, have a Q&A with the parks superintendent, meet our park partners, tour the Science Center at Twin Creeks and dabble in the stream for aquatic invertebrates. Lunch provided. Meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center at 8:30 am.
Tuesday, December 5 (8:30 – 2:30) A trip to Tremont & a tour of the park’s Collection Preservation Center.
Join the Executive Director and staff at Tremont and become a kid again. See how they connect people and nature. Also, after lunch be the first EYS group to tour the new Preservation building with the park’s museum curator which stores historical items from the park’s vast collection through the park’s museum curator. Pay for lunch at the cafeteria. Meet at 8:30am at Tremont.
Saturday, January 13 (1:00pm – 3:00pm) Your graduation