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Friends Of The Smokies Blog

Kathryn McNeil Endowment funds education specialist for Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob

May 10, 2019

Susan Sachs, Paul Super and Kathryn McNeil, June 2014

by Julie Dodd More than 5,000 middle school, high school, and college students come to the Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob every year to learn about the nature and science of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park….

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Research assistance grants support needed GSMNP research

May 3, 2019

Alexis Case studies fungi and pine seedling

by Julie Dodd Flying squirrels, salamanders and pine seedlings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all have benefitted from research assistance grants. Research assistance grants are one way FOTS helps fund and promote research in the Park. Friends of…

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Porters Creek hike — wildflowers and historic sites

April 28, 2019

Messer Family cantilevered barn in GSMNP

The FOTS April Classic Hike of the Smokies was Porters Creek Trail. The hike leader was Danny Bernstein, who has hiked all the GSMNP trails, the Appalachian Trail, and South Beyond 6,000, 40 mountains over 6,000 feet in the Southern…

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