Friends of the Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.

Get Your Bear Plate

Friends of the Smokies license plates in Tennessee and North Carolina drive improvements all across Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Find out how to get your very own.

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Latest News


November 15, 2018

Friends of the Smokies Welcomes New Executive Director

KODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies’ board of directors announced the selection of Tim Chandler as the organization’s new Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, effective November 5. Jim Hart has served as the nonprofit’s President and CEO for…

Upcoming Events


November 23, 2018

Smokies Service Days

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announce upcoming Fall “Smokies Service Days” volunteer projects. These unique opportunities allow community members and park visitors to get involved and become stewards of Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Individuals and groups are invited…