2019 Schedule

The class of 2019 will kick off Saturday, July 20, 2019 with a welcome reception and dinner. 
Your graduation will then be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.


Tuesday, August 6
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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, preservation of the 80 historic structures and trail maintenance. Fire Management activity in the afternoon. Lunch provided. Meet at Elkmont Historic District at 8:30 am.


Tuesday, August 20
8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Let’s go Fishing

Join 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/campground office at 8:30 am.


Thursday, September 5
1:00 PM - 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 used for citing wildlife at night. Dinner provided. Meet at Cades Cove Ranger Station at 1:00 pm.


Thursday, October 17
8:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Air Quality, Exotics & Tour of the Park’s Collections Preservation Center

The park’s Air Quality Specialist & Park Forester will present two of the most critical issues affecting the park. In the afternoon, we will tour the new Preservation building with the park’s museum curator which stores historical items from the park’s vast collection. 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 7
8:30 am – 2:30 pm

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 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.


Thursday, December 3
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

A trip to Tremont & the education division of the park

Let’s be kids again!! We will spend the day at Tremont Institute. In the morning we will be exploring how their trans-formative experiential learning techniques help to create the next generation of stewards for our world’s environment. Following lunch, our afternoon will be spent learning how the park’s Education Divisions curriculum-based educational programs help over 10,000 students a year make real world connections with science and history while having fun at the same time. Pay for lunch at the cafeteria. Meet at 8:30 am at Tremont.