Friends Of The Smokies Blog

Parks as Classrooms helps students discover GSMNP, develop appreciation for Park

October 18, 2017

Parks as Classrooms - lichen collection

by Julie Dodd Helping elementary, middle school and high school students who live in counties near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park discover the Park and develop an appreciation of the outdoors is a primary goal of Parks as Classrooms…

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Boogerman Trail Classic Hike provides history of Cataloochee

October 4, 2017

log bridge on Boogerman Trail

Mike Knies, a backcountry explorer who lives in Asheville, was the leader for the September Classic Hike. Mike has hiked and written extensively about the trails of Cataloochee Valley. by Mike Knies The September Classic Hike of the Smokies provided…

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GSMNP internship program changes view of NPS, career goals & lives

September 16, 2017

NC interns cleaning lake

by Parker Chatham 2017¬†Swain County High School graduate, North Carolina This year, ten North Carolina high school students were employed through the American Conservation Experience (ACE) and selected to work with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The purpose of…

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