2019 marks the 20th year for Experience Your Smokies!

2019 marks the 20th year for Experience Your Smokies and its partnership with the GSMNP. We are excited to work closely with the Park to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience for leaders across our communities.

Throughout this year, we will keep you posted on various activities that you can participate in to help celebrate 20 years of Experience Your Smokies!


Experience Your Smokies Tennessee cultivates committed
advocates for the mission of Great Smoky Mountains National
Park through immersive education and engagement opportunities.


Go behind the scenes and truly experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participate in hands-on, real-life resource management projects and learn about Park wildlife, aquatic life, native and exotic plants, air quality, management, historic preservation and more. 

The EYS class topics include wild life management, fisheries, archaeology, exotic plants, air quality, historic preservation and native plants.  The topics are covered in five one-half day and one full-day sessions.

Program Details

  • The program runs from July and ends with graduation in January.

  • Classes consist of approximately 25 participants.

  • The application period begins January 1st.

  • A small tuition fee is required and scholarships are available.

2019 Schedule

  • July 20 - Kick off.

  • August 6 - Park Maintenance, Historic Preservation & Fire Management.

  • August 20 - Let’s go Fishing.

  • September 5 - Resource Protection & Wildlife Management.

  • October 17 - Air Quality, Exotics & Tour the Park’s Collections Preservation Center.

  • November 7 - A Visitor Center, a Science Centers and our park partners.

  • December 3 - A trip to Tremont & the Education Division of the Park. Preservation Center.

  • January 18 - Graduation.


Photography provided by Jessica  Hill