Friday, April 24, 2015

Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains during June 2015

One of the most anticipated events that takes place in the Great Smoky Mountains national park is when the Synchronous Fireflies also known as lightning bugs, emerge from underground and converge in huge numbers appearing to synchronize their flashes with one another for mating purposes.

This event has become so popular that the National park service had to arrange to have shuttle buses (actually trolleys) for parking and safety reasons bring visitors to where they can be seen best and crowds would be the safest - Elkmont Tennessee.

This year the 2015 firefly event will take place from June 2nd 2015 to June 9th and the firefly event tickets will start going on sale April 30th 2015 for $1 per person and parking passes will be $1.50 per vehicle.

For more information about the fireflies in the Smokies, reservations and how to obtain a permit in order to film the firefly event, visit this Fireflies in the Smokies page.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Schedule for Day 8 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee Smokies

Hard to believe that the last day of the Pigeon Forge Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Winter is already here under yet another day of snow capped peaks and road closures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The good news is that the few road closures that are still active this morning as well as the weather in the Smokies will not impact any more of the guided hikes and tours and are more of an inconvenience to anyone want to go over the mountain via Newfound Gap Road US441.

Due to 2 small snow storms that rushed through the area, there is still about 5 inches of snow at Newfound Gap and sunrise happening right now over LeConte is a stunning sight. Cades Cove even tomorrow will be post card perfect looking up at Gregory Bald.

There have been hundreds of programs that have already taken place this year at Wilderness Wildlife Week and some programs with local wildlife and nature experts such as Kim Delozier and Warren Bielenberg and performers such as Boogertown Gap have again become attendees favorites.

Even though some other hikes were canceled due to conditions, Warren Bielenberg led three morning bird walks along the Little Pigeon River near the Leconte Center in which he and attendees observed more than 25 bird species each morning and had a cumulative number of 33 species!

Some of the best programs to attend today are the early morning Photography Workshop, A Year in the Life of a Bear by David Whitehead and Southern Fly Fishing by Jon Hopper.

Sat, January 31th 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Schedule

  • 9 to 9:45am: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Fly Fishing 101. Presented by Dave Carson. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 9 to 10am: Discovering the Cumberlands Video Presentation. Presented by Stuart Carroll. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 9 to 1pm: Photography Workshop. Presented by Warren Bedell, Kendall Chiles and Don McGowan. A YourSmokies favorite! Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 9 to 1pm: Special Hours for Photo Contest in Taking place in the LeConte Hall North.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: Digital Printing Made Easy. Presented by Douglas Hubbard. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Yellowstone in Winter: A Photo Tour of Our First National Park Video Presentation. Presented by Jerry Whaley. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 9:30 to 11:30am: LIMITED SPACE! Design Your Own Wilderness Wildlife Week Bandana. Presented by Louise Bales. Limit to 20 people ages 12+ who will join Louise as she teaches them how to design their own Wilderness Wildlife Week 25th Anniversary commemorative bandana. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Eat or Be Eaten: How Animals Protect Themselves. Presented by Kris Light. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Make a Grapevine Dreamcatcher. Presented by Sue Todd. Limited to 10 people ages 15+. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 10 to 10:45am: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! South Holston River Trout. Presented by Jon Hopper. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 10:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Learn How to Scan and Digitalize Old Photographs or Negatives/Slides. Presented by Bob Keim. Limit 8, bring some pictures/slides. Should have computer knowledge. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10:15 to 10:45am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Waterfalls of Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau Regions. Presented by Keith Garnes. Join Keith as he shares an overview of Tennessee’s waterfalls west of GSMNP including Fall Creek Falls, Burgess Falls and numerous others. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 11 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Waterfalls of Tennessee’s Appalachian Corridor. Presented by Keith Garnes. Join Keith as he shares waterfalls from Polk to Johnson Counties, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Better Wildflower Pictures. Presented by Bob Stephenson. Join Bob as he provides knowledge on basic camera operation, optics and composition to take excellent flower photos. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Capturing Wildlife with a Remote Camera. Presented by Joel Zachry. Join Joel as he shares entertaining stories of capturing wildlife on camera. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 11 to 11:45am: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Traditional Flies of the Smokies. Presented by Don Kirk. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 11:30 to 1pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! The Red Headed Boogertown Bunch. Presented by Mary Phillips. Limit 30, ages 5-10. Participants join Mary as she continues the Tall Tales of a firefly, a boy named Booger and his faithful cat, Stinker. "Who is your granddaddies uncle’s sister? Where did your red hair come from?" Spin a tall tale and color something totally bewildering. Recognize four new native plants. Curriculum standards apply for science, art and literature. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • Noon to 1pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Acoustics II: Sound and Birds. Presented by Ethan Duke. Join Ethan as he introduces attendees to techniques for recording and methods of using sounds to monitor the natural world. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • Noon to 1pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Pioneer and Historical Toys. Presented by Roy Henson. Limited to 20 people ages 10+ who will join Roy as he instructs them on how to make historical style toys pioneers would have had in days gone by. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • Noon to 12:45pm: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Cataloochee: The Far East of GSMNP. Presented by Ron Gaddy. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Wildlife on White: Meet Your Neighbors. Presented by Todd Amacher and Paul Hassell. Join wildlife photographers and MYN contributors Paul and Todd as they come to inspire you with the story of a worldwide photography movement across the globe that connects people with wildlife in their own backyard. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Adventures West. Presented by Pat and Wendell Gordy. Join Pat and Wendell as they share photos and stories from their western U.S. adventure visiting national parks and working and volunteering for the National Elk Refuge and the Greater Yellowstone and Jackson Hole Visitor Center. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: Wild Ones Among Us. Presented by Lynne McCoy. Join Lynne as she shares the story of wildlife rehabilitation with live animals as ambassadors, including non-releasable animals and their stories and natural history. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Cades Cove War Veterans. Presented by Dorothy Gregory Sutton. Join Dorothy as she discusses Cades Cove veterans and how war affected Cades Cove and surrounding communities. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1 to 1:45pm: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Fontana Backcountry Trout. Presented by Steve Claxton. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: Range of Light: Capturing the Mood of the Smokies. Presented by Jerry Whaley. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Whittle a Mountain Flower. Presented by Jacki Proffitt. Limit to 10 people ages 16+. Participants must bring own sharpened pocket knife. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Carve a Wildlife Stamp. Presented by Pat Thomas. Limit to 12 people ages 12+. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: Wild Hog Management: Are We Too Late? Presented by David Whitehead. Join David as he discusses the history of the European wild hogs of Tennessee and the Smokies. Questions to be answered include when did they arrive, how did they spread, problems they cause and behaviors. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The Elkmont Community. Presented by Missy Tipton Green and Paulette Ledbetter. Join Missy and Paulette as they discuss Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s historic Elkmont community along with a special photo presentation. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Attracting and Protecting Bluebirds. Presented by Steve Garr. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 2 to 2:45pm: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Bamboo Rods. Presented by John Hollifield. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 2 to 3:30pm: Advanced SLR Flower Photography. Presented by Robert Hutson. Join Robert as he provides insight to photographers of all skills on tips and techniques used to capture flower pictures with a single lens reflex camera. No camera required. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! True Bear Tales. Presented by Janet Dalton. Join Janet as she relates funny and engaging true stories about the black bear cubs rehabilitated by Appalachian Bear Rescue. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: Where and When to Photograph in the Smokies: Fall and Winter. Presented by Roger Trentham. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 3 to 3:45pm: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum. Presented by Alen Baker. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3:15 to 6pm: Photography Contest Pickup: Sherry Lutes and Event Volunteers at the Taking place in the LeConte Hall North Concourse.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The 2014 SCIPE Digital Contest Showcase. Presented by Pat Gordy. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: HERITAGE! Tom Davis, Lizzie Crozier French and the Mystery of the White Caps Book. Presented by Don Williams. Critics say E.W. Crozier could not have written "The White Caps: A History of the Organization in Sevier County" (1899) about a vigilante order that numbered in the hundreds and spread fear, brutality and murder across the Smoky Mountain foothills. New research suggests not only did Crozier write the book, but that it bears the stamp of his famous suffragette sister, Lizzie, along with the heroic sheriff, Tom Davis. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! While the Men Were Away: Stories of Brave Cocke County, Tennessee Women and Children. Presented by J. Duay O’Neil. Join Duay as he tells stories of the bravery of Cocke County, Tennessee’s women and children as their husbands and fathers were away during various times of war. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 3:45 to 4:45pm: A Year in the Life of a Bear: The Life History of Black Bears in Tennessee. Presented by David Whitehead. Join David as he discusses the food habits, life cycle and behavior of black bears in Tennessee. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 4 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Taking Better Photos Using Your Camera, Cell Phone and Tablet. Presented by Jim Eastin. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 4 to 4:45pm: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Blue Lining Off the Wireless Grid. Presented by Fred Turner. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Shaconage: Land of the Blue Sky. Presented by Harry Dunn. Join Harry as he reviews the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and the heritage of its inhabitants in this special video presentation. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! How Are Photographs Judged and How to Select Images for Contest Entry. Presented by Douglas Hubbard. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 5 to 5:45pm: SOUTHERN TROUT FLY FISHING FAIR! Backcountry Cooking. Presented by Craig Haney. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 5:40pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Seeing God in Nature: The Joys of Seeing the Creator in His Creation. Presented by Ken Jenkins. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 6:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! TICKETED FUNDRAISER EVENT! Appalachian Bear Rescue Fundraiser. Presented by Sam Venable, Ken Jenkins and Friends. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     

Friday, January 30, 2015

Schedule for Day 7 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee Smokies

While Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge rolls into day 7 at the LeConte Center, a mild winter storm is still creating issues in the Great Smoky Mountains, especially in the higher elevations where as much as 3 inches my fall by this afternoon. With some roads still closed and driving conditions less than optimal in some places, again some guided hikes were canceled earlier today.

Starting next year, Wilderness Wildlife Week will no longer take place in the Winter but in mid-May so that participants won’t have weather related issues getting in and out as well as around the Smokies. I can not remember a time in the past 7 years where at least some Wilderness Wildlife Week guided hikes were not cancelled for at least a day due to extreme cold or closed roads due to snow and ice.

You can take comfort that there will another great full day of programs taking place indoors at the LeConte Center on Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge today and as always the price is right - FREE!

Fri, January 30th 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Schedule

  • 8 – Noon: LIMITED SPACE! Learning to Use Map and Compass. Presented by Terry and LaValla Edgington. Limit 30 people and includes bus trip to Patriot Park for field practice. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 9 to 10am: Fall Creek Falls and the Mid Cumberland Recreation Area Video Presentation. Presented by Stuart Carroll. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 9 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Living with a Pack of Wolves: The Bays Mountain Park Puppy Pack. Presented by Rhonda Goins. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 9:30 to 10am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Seven Principles of the Leave No Trace Practice. Presented by Terri Butler. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: LIMITED SPACE! Wire Wrapping a River Rock Pendant. Presented by LaDonna Twyman. Limit to 12 people ages 18+ who will join LaDonna as she instructs them on how to make a local river rock pendent to take home with them using a local river rock and twist wire. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 9:30 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Potholder Loom Weaving. Presented by Sherry Mummert. Limited to 10 participants ages 10+ who can will join Sherry as she teaches them by using cotton loopers, a square potholder will be woven on a small loom. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Water, Fish and People: How Are We All Getting Along? Presented by Matt Kulp. Join Matt as he discusses water quality and fish community issues related to the Great Smoky Mmountains National Park and surrounding waters. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Butterflies: Flying Flowers in the Garden. Presented by Kris Light. Join Kris as she covers butterflies, their life cycles and the plants that can be used in gardens to attract them. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Songs of Cades Cove. Presented by Madalyn Carpenter. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Discovering TWRA’s Wildlife Management Areas as Wildlife Observation Areas in East Tennessee. Presented by Chris Ogle. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Eat Taters and Wear No Clothes. Presented by Kathy Gwinn. Join Kathy as she recalls the spirit and spunk of the original "Tweetsie," the little train with a big heart and its impact on the Doe River Gorge and Roan Mountain area. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 10:30 – Noon: Bird Songs of the Smokies. Presented by Mark Dunaway. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 11 – Noon: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Let’s Talk About the Cherokee: Arlene Eagle. Join Arlene as she discusses the development of clothing and the use of beading and various styles in Cherokee culture. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 11 – Noon: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Paint Your Own Watercolor Notecards. Presented by Melanie Fetterolf. Limited to 15 people ages 12+. Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: Point and Shoot Flower Photography. Presented by Robert Hutson. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Acoustics I: Sound and Birds. Presented by Ethan Duke. Join Ethan as he introduces attendees to vocal communication and using sound to study and enjoy birds. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Painting Violets on Sweatshirts or T-Shirts. Presented by Lois Armstrong. Limited to 10 pople who must bring own white t-shirt or sweatshirt. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Mountain Music from Today’s Generation. Presented by Madalyn Carpenter and Friends. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • Noon to 1pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Herbs, Hives and Hens. Presented by W.C. and Glenna Julian, Donna Stinett and Mike Clark. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: HERITAGE! Moonshine in Tennessee. Presented by Tony Thomas. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Insects: Friends or Foes? Presented by Kris Light. Join Kris as she covers the good, bad, beautiful and ugly of the six-legged critters living around us. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Kermit and Lois Shuler Caughron: The Last Cades Cove Residents. Presented by Ruth Caughron Davis. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Pioneer and Historical Toys. Presented by Roy Henson. Limited to 20 participants ages 10+ who will join Roy as he instructs them on how to make historical style toys pioneers would have had in days gone by. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Whoo Did That?: Fascinating Owls. Presented by Lynne McCoy. Limited to 20 people. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Cades Cove and Smoky Mountain Songs. Presented by Earl Layhue. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 1 to 2:30pm: Where and When to Photograph in the Smokies: Spring and Summer. Presented by Roger Trentham. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 1 to 4pm: Famous Searches and Rescues in the Smokies. Presented by Joe Kelley, Joey Holt, Dwight McCarter and Judy Wasak. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Pocket Wilderness Areas of Tennessee Video Presentation. Presented by Stuart Carroll. Join Stuart as he covers the pocket wilderness areas, such as a Laurel-Snow where you will find some of the most beautiful trails in Tennessee. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: Creating and Telling Family Stories. Presented by Jim Eastin. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Birds of Prey Program and Live Bird Show. Presented by American Eagle Foundation. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: LIMITED SPACE! Quill Pens and Inks. Presented by Pat Thomas. Limit 12 people ages 12+ who must bring own sharp x-acto blade. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Come Bear With Us! Presented by Kathy Sherrard and ABR’s K-8 Education Team. Limited to 20 kids ages 5 to 12. A YourSmokies favorite! Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: Of Ginseng, Golden Apples and the Rainbow Fish: Ancient Tales and a Modern Mythic Adventure. Presented by Doug Elliott. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Dos, Don’ts and How’s of Photographing Birds. Presented by Clay Thurston. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: Photo Journeys in the Eastern United States. Presented by Kendall Chiles. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Critter-Named Creeks, Prongs and Forks of the Smokies. Presented by Fred Turner. Join Fred as he details locations of, as well as trivia about, some of the more than 100 streams in the Smokies with wildlife as their namesakes. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The Making of Moonshine. Presented by Old Forge Distillery. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 3:45 to 4:45pm: Storytelling: Growing Up in Appalachia. Presented by Tony Thomas. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 4 to 5pm: Wildflowers in Tennessee Video Presentation. Presented by Jack Carman. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 4 to 5:30pm: Walking in the Beauty of the Natural World Video Presentation. Presented by Don McGowan. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Recycle Scraps Into Rag Rugs and Trivets. Presented by Maria Holloway. Limit to 15 people ages 15+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 4:15 to 5:15pm: The Circle of Life: The Bear Facts Video Presentation. Presented by Mike Meldrum. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Alive Photo: 25+ Pros on Why They Are Outdoor Photographers. Presented by Paul Hassell. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Elkmont: Pioneers, Lumberjacks, Summer People and Fireflies. Presented by Carroll McMahan. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 4:30 to 6pm: An Experience Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail Video Presentation. Presented by Bert Kunze. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 5:30 to 7pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Backpacking the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: A Photographic Journey Video Presentation. Presented by Mark Evans. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 5:45 to 6:45pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The History of Bush Brothers and Company: 106 Years and Counting Video Presentation. Presented by Max Fultz. Join Max as he presents the century-old history of an iconic family business. You will learn about Bush Brothers and Company’s 106-year-old canning history and how Bush became the Number One name in beans. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 6 to 7pm: Birding 101: How to Identify Birds. Presented by Dr. Fred Alsop III. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 6 to 7pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Reading Between the Lines: Writing Hiking Guides for National Parks. Presented by Charles Maynard. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 6 to 7pm: Groundhogology: Of Whistlepigs and World Politics. Presented by Doug Elliott. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 7:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Talk is Cheap. Presented by Bill Landry, Sam Venable, Jim Claborn and Elizabeth Rose. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Schedule for Day 6 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee Smokies

This morning played host to one of the most beautiful sunrises you can imagine illuminating the snow caped peaks of Mount LeConte and the entire range of the Great Smoky Mountains. What better way to start day 6 of the Wilderness Wildlife Week event in Pigeon Forge Tennessee?

Rough winter weather has however put a damper on some of the Wilderness Wildlife Week guided hikes aspects due to snow and ice on the roads and trails. Newfound Gap Road US441 and even Cherokee Orchard Road are still closed to snow and ice and hopes are that better weather will allow the rest of the hikes to take place.

You will be warm and toasty inside the LeConte Center where a host of great indoor programs will take place today for Wilderness Wildlife Week including Wildflowers of the Southern Highlands, How to Make Maple Syrup, and Introduction to Tracking People Outdoors.

Thur, January 29th 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Schedule

  • 9 to 10am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! How to Conduct a Survivor Competition. Presented by Mark Kilgore and taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 9 – Noon: LIMITED SPACE! Painting a Smoky Mountain Waterfall. Presented by Dick Ensing. Limited to 16 people ages 18+. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Stayin’ Alive: Preparing Healthy Home Cooked Meals. Presented by Susan Bicksler. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: Woodpeckers: Nature’s Home Builders. Presented by Regina Garr. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 9:30 to 12:30: LIMITED SPACE! Basket Making. Presented by Theresa Tyler. Limited to 8 participants will learn from Theresa the Appalachian art of basket making. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 10 to 11am: HERITAGE! People Who Shaped Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Part 1. Presented by Bill Deitzer. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 10 to 11:30am: The Wolves of Bays Mountain. Presented by Rick and Rhonda Goins. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Omnivore’s Dilemma Revisited: How Your Food Choices Affect Our Planet. Presented by Dana Ripper. Join Dana as she discusses our modern food system, its detrimental effects on the environment and how consumers can have a major impact on the situation. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 10:30 – Noon: Do It Yourself: Building a Backyard Bird Habitat. Presented by Mark Dunaway. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Wildflowers of the Southern Highlands. Presented by Garr Jack Carman. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Tennessee State Parks of Mideast Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. Presented by Robin Peeler Wooten. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: Update on the Smokies’ All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory: 16 Years and Counting! Presented by Todd Witcher. A YourSmokies favorite! Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • Noon to 1pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Look and Touch Wildlife Program. Presented by Chris Ogle. Join Chris as he introduces them to preserved wildlife specimens and some live reptiles. Main focus of this session is on non-game wildlife including small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Reelfoot Lake: Celebrating 200 Years. Presented by David Haggard. Join David as he shares the history and beauty of Reelfoot Lake – Tennessee’s earthquake lake. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Fabulous Finches and Pretty Pinesiskins: Learn All About Goldfinches, Purplefinches, Housefinches and Pinesiskins and How to Attract Them. Presented by Steve Garr. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Painting Magnolias on Sweatshirts or T-Shirts. Presented by Lois Armstrong Limited to 10 people, must bring own white t-shirt or sweatshirt. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: HERITAGE! Ballads and Ballad Singers of the Smoky Mountains. Presented by Boogertown Gap. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Introduction to Needlepoint. Presented by Mary Warner. Limited to 15 people ages 12+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 1 to 2:15pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Helping a Native Landscape Grow. Presented by Dr. Leo and Linda Lubke, W.C. and Glenna Julian, Lois Worthington, Donna Little and Roger Simpson. Limited to 30 people. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 1 to 4pm: Introduction to Tracking People Outdoors. Presented by Joe Kelley, Joey Holt and Dwight McCarter. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Gardening: Good for Your Mind, Body and So Much More! Presented by Dr. Sue Hamilton. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Remembrance: Backcountry Cemeteries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Renee Michot and Jim Rigsby. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Buried Alive: A Little Girl’s Narrow Escape and an Herb Doctor’s Cure. Presented by Cherel Henderson. The body was laid out, the casket being built, when someone noticed movement under the coverlet. Cora Ogle escaped being buried alive, only to face life as a cripple. Join Cherel as she tells the amazing story of a little girl’s will and an herb doctor’s most unusual cure. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions. Presented by Leon Konz. Learn what homeowners and even whole communities can do to make themselves safer from wildfires. Fire prevention, landscaping, building materials, housekeeping and community design will be discussed. These are all elements of the Tennessee Division of Forestry’s programs. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. Presented by Stephen Lyn Bales. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Get Growing: Keep Sevier Beautiful. Limited to 25 participants ages 8+ who will make a vase using a plastic two liter bottle, which they will decorate and will be provided with seeds to start a flower. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: HERITAGE! Old Time Hymns. Presented by Don Huskey, Marcia Huskey Nelson, Roger Helton and Andy Stinnett. Listen to cherished melodies that carried from the open windows of little mountain churches of the past. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Make a Grapevine Dreamcatcher. Presented by Sue Todd and Limit 10 people ages 15+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Understanding Bears: The Habits and Characteristics of North American Bears. Presented by Joel Zachry. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Discovering Tennessee’s Wildlife Diversity. Presented by Chris Ogle. Join Chris as he discusses several of Tennessee’s little known and, strange and amazing creatures with an emphasis on salamanders, frogs, snakes and bats. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! How to Make Maple Syrup. Presented by John Curtis. Limited to 40 people. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: HERITAGE! The Founding of a National Park: The Establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Presented by Tom Harrington. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: Forest Insects and Disease in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Presented by Jesse Webster. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: Bird’s the Word: Celebrating the World of Birds With Bird Stories, Lore, Songs and Natural History. Presented by Doug Elliott. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Pioneer and Historical Toys. Presented by Roy Henson. Limited to 20 people ages 10+ who will join Roy as he instructs them on how to make historical style toys pioneers would have had in days gone by. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 3:30 to 5:30pm: HERITAGE! Old Harp Singing School. Presented by David Sarten, leader. In a shorter version of the earlier singing schools of the Great Smoky Mountains region, David Sarten will teach participants how to sing the "do-re-mi" shaped notes. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Secrets of Backyard Birds. Presented by Stephen Lyn Bales. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Pilgrim Walk: A Spiritual Field Guide. Presented by Paul and Susanne Hassell. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: Miracle of the Monarch: From Eggs on Milkweed to Tagging and Releasing the Monarch Butterfly. Presented by Glenna Julian and Lois Worthington. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 4:30 to 6pm: An Experience Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Video Presentation for Mature Audiences. Presented by Bert Kunze. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: Nature Recording in the Smokies. Presented by Mark Dunaway. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: Wildflowers of the Smokies. Presented by Jack Carman. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream. Presented by Kathy Gwinn. Kathy will give you the inside "scoop" on America’s favorite food – Ice cream. Added "toppings" include old-time soda shoppes, famous ice cream parlors and Hash-House Lingo. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: LIMITED SPACE! Old Time Banjo Workshop for Beginners. Presented by Tony Thomas. Limited to 10 participants must bring own banjo. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 6pm: Saturday Hikes and Field Trips Sign-ups. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 6 to 7pm: Hymns and Songs of Faith. Presented by Whaley Family Singers. Join this large Smoky Mountain family from Greenbrier as they share their legacy through song. A YourSmokies Favorite! Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 6:30 to 7:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Looking for America: A 20th Century Hero’s Journey With Stories of Cross-Country Hitchhiking and Freight Hopping. Presented by Doug Elliott. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 7:30pm: Slow Jam. Presented by Tony Thomas and Friends. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 8pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! For the Love of the Smokies: A Lifetime of Experiencing the Majestic Beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Presented by Ken Jenkins. A Your Smokies Favorite! Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Schedule for Day 5 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee Smokies

It is a bright cold clear day as day 5 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 is about to start at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge to a packed house. The scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains national park with yesterday's fresh snow may be beautiful, but this is another day not all of the guided hikes may be able to take place again.

Just minutes ago the Gatlinburg Bypass was plowed and sanded enough to reopen As Little River Road and Newfound Gap Road remain closed due to snow and ice, but here inside the LeConte Center on Teaster Lane it's warm and cozy and the free programs taking place all day would keep any outdoor enthusiast satisfied enough to stay inside.

Today’s packed Wilderness Wildlife Week schedule includes such favorites as another limited class on The Art of Dowsing being presented by Charlie Monday, the Appalachian Music Concert. Presented by Carolina Bluegrass Boys and Appalachian Cloggers and Hiking the 900 miles of Trails in the GSMNP presented by Judy Bryant.

Wed, January 28th 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Schedule

  • 9 to 10am: Restoring the Whooping Crane to the Eastern Flyway Slide Presentation. Presented by Ken Dubke. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 9 to 10am: Hosting Hummingbirds. Presented by Regina Garr. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 9 to 10am: LIMITED SPACE! The Art of Dowsing. Presented by Charlie Monday. Limit 30. Participants join Charlie to see if they have the gift of dowsing. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 9 – Noon: LIMITED SPACE! Painting a Smoky Mountain Waterfall. Presented by Dick Ensing. Limit 16, ages 18+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: History of Bays Mountain Park. Presented by Rhonda Goins and taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 10 to 11am: HERITAGE! Flyin’ Bullets and the Resplendent Badge. Presented by Ersa Rhea Noland Smith. Join Mrs. Smith as she shares the riveting account of her father, Sheriff Ray C. Noland’s years in office in Sevier County. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 10 to 11am: Wonderful Waterfalls Slide Presentation. Presented by Bill Carter. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Hiking Mt. Whitney in One Day. Presented by Jim Pader. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 10 to 11:30am: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Booger: A Tall Tale of the Mountains. Presented by Mary Phillips. Limit 60, ages 5-10. Participants join Mary as she tells the story of about a firefly, a boy named Booger and his faithful cat, Stinker. Kids learn to use the Great Smoky Mountain Wildflower guide book. Program meets curriculum standards for science, literature, life skills and art. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Ancient Rhythms: Learn to Play the Native American Flute. Presented by Megan Griffin. Limit 30, must bring own flute. If participants do not have one, educational Native American flutes can be purchased for a small fee from Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s booth. Taking place in the LeConte Hall North.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! How to Start an Herb Garden. Presented by Judy Felts. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: The Spirits of Cades Cove Video Presentation. Presented by GSMNP Park Ranger Mike Meldrum. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 11 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! 900 Miles and Then Some: Hiking the Trails of GSMNP. Presented by Judy Bryant. Join Judy as she discusses keeping a hiking journal and answers questions about hiking all the maintained trails of GSMNP. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 11 – Noon: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Paint Your Own Watercolor Notecards. Presented by Melanie Fetterolf. Limited to 15 people ages 12+. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Horace Kephart Monologue. Presented by Will Rabert. Join Will as he portrays Horace Kephart, author of "Our Southern Highlanders," hiker and explorer of the Smokies, as well as a founder of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Restoring the Mighty American Chestnut to its Native Range. Presented by Tom Saielli. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Off the Beaten Path: An Up-close Look at the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park. Presented by Veronica Greear. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: Appalachian Music Concert. Presented by Carolina Bluegrass Boys and Appalachian Cloggers. Attendees will enjoy this special bluegrass performance and have fun by getting up and clogging with the Appalachian Cloggers! Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • Noon to 1pm: Audubon and His Birds of America. Presented by Stephen Lyn Bales. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • Noon to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Carving and Painting an Owl, Part Two. Presented by Don Taylor. Limited to 10 people, two day session. Participants must bring own sharp carving tools and paint brushes. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: HERITAGE! The Story of Greenbrier Cove. Presented by Glenn Cardwell. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Whittle a Mountain Flower. Presented by Jacki Proffitt. Limited to 10 people ages 16+ who must bring own sharpened pocket knife. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Making a Hand Broom for Decoration. Presented by David Ogle. Limited to 10 people ages 16+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: Never to Young, Never Too Old. Presented by W.C. and Glenna Julian and Tammie and Olivia Browning. Join the Julians and Brownings as they discuss how no one is ever to young or too old to work on a backyard habitat. They will also provide encouragement for attendees to certify their backyards with National Wildlife. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: To Niagara and Back by Waterfall Slide Presentation. Presented by Bill Carter. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Books, Blue Jeans and Basketball. Presented by a Panel featuring Gwendell Cody, Donna Allen and Ron Rader with Veta King, Pigeon Forge Public Library, interviewer. Join former Pigeon Forge Grammar School students as they reminisce about the old white building on the hill. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: HERITAGE! Smoky Mountain Ballads and Songs. Presented by Boogertown Gap a YourSmokies favorite. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 1 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Walking the Via Tolosana and More in France. Presented by Olga Pader. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Adventures of an African Game Ranger. Presented by Don Richards. Join Don as he shares stories of personal adventures while leading wilderness trails in big game country of South Africa. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Sail On, Honeybee: Adventures in the Bee Yard. Presented by Doug Elliott. Join master storyteller, harmonica wizard and longtime beekeeper Doug Elliott as he tells outlandish tales from the world of bees and beekeeping. Learn from Doug practical advice on how to treat a bee sting, catch a bee swarm and also what to do if you are way up high in a tree and 50,000 bees fall on your head! Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: It’s Puppy Time at Bays Mountain. Presented by Rick and Rhonda Goins. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: LIMITED SPACE! The Art of Dowsing presented by Charlie Monday. Limit to 30 Participants who will join Charlie to see if they have the gift of dowsing. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Garbage Pizza. Presented by Keep Sevier Beautiful. Limited to 25 people ages 8+ who will learn about solid waste disposable options comparing Sevier County to the United States. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! KIDS’ TRACK! Natural Treasures of the Obed: Use Your Senses to Discover Natural Features of the Park. Presented by Veronica Greear. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: HERITAGE! History of the Old Mill District: From the Original Settler to the Present Day: Jimmy Edge. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: String Band Music of Our American Roots. Presented by Lost Mill String Band. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: Ranger Family Recollections. Presented by Joe Kelley and Sons. Join Joe and his sons as they share experiences of life in a ranger station. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The History and the Stories of the Cherokee in the Smokies. Presented by Jon Elder. Join Jon, a fifth generation Sevier County resident and member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, as he shares the history and some Indian folklore of the earliest inhabitants of the Smoky Mountains. From the earliest traces of the Cherokee presence to the first encounters with Europeans to the removal and rebirth of the Eastern Cherokee tribe, Jon will share his family history and stories of growing up "on both sides of the mountain." Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Birds of Prey: History and Biology of a Variety of Live Birds and Prey. Presented by David Haggard. Live birds including a Bald Eagle, hawks and owls. Meet and learn about these fascinating birds! Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Adventure Course Team building at Bays Mountain Park. Presented by Mark Kilgore. Join Mark as he discusses the Bays Mountain Park Adventure Course and what elements it has to offer and how they work on teamwork, leadership, trust and stamina. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Life Circle of Butterflies. Presented by Lois Worthington. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Pioneer and Historical Toys. Presented by Roy Henson. Limited to 20 participants ages 10+ who will join Roy as he instructs them on how to make historical style toys pioneers would have had in days gone by. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: Learn to Play Spoons and Washtub Bass. Limited to Boogertown Gap. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4 to 5pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Historic Photographs. Presented by Steve Cotham. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 4 to 5pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Gardens, Weeds and John Barleycorn: Celebrating the Culture in Agriculture. Limited to Doug Elliott. Join master storyteller, harmonica wizard Doug Elliott as he celebrates all things agriculture related in story and song. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 4 to 5:30pm: LIMITED SPACE! Drawing to Identify Trees. Presented by Maurice Edwards and William Hurst. Limit 12 participants ages 18+ who will join a professional botanist and an artist to draw tree parts toward the goal of species identification. Bring own art supplies and plant material or use instructors’ pencils, paper and subject matter. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The Cemeteries of the Smokies. Presented by Dr. Gail Palmer. Join Dr. Palmer as she discusses the various cemeteries of the Smokies. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: HERITAGE! The Civilian Conservation Corps: FDR’s Tree Army. Presented by Bill Deitzer. Join Bill as he discusses the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which built several of our national parks including the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks. Bill will cover the why, the who and the results of this unique corps of 1930’s young men. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Conservation of America’s Birds: History and Modern Issues. Presented by Dana Ripper. Join Dana as she discusses extinct native birds and the conservation issues facing birds today. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! How Bear Cubs Learn to Be Bears. Presented by Kathy Sherrard. Join Kathy as she illustrates the differences of black bear cubs living in the wild to those rehabilitated at Appalachian Bear Rescue. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 4:30 to 6pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Workshop for Teachers to Utilize Storytelling and Booger’s Tall Tales in the Classroom. Presented by Mary Phillips. Limit 30. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
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  • 5 to 6pm: LIMITED SPACE! Beginners Acoustic Guitar Workshop. Presented by Tony Thomas. Limit to 10 participants must bring own acoustic guitar. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 5:30 to 6:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The Blue Mountains Sing of Rivers, Old Men, Trails, and Trout. Presented by Ron Rader. Join Ron, a Pigeon Forge native son, and hear his boyhood chronicles as he and his friends come of age in the 1940s and 1950s era as they roam in yesteryear’s Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Elkmont and beyond. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 5:30 to 6:30pm: Appalachian Music Concert. Presented by Carolina Bluegrass Boys and Appalachian Cloggers. Attendees will enjoy this special bluegrass performance and can even get up and clog with the Appalachian Cloggers! Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 6pm: Friday Hikes and Field Trips Sign-ups in the Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 6:30 to 7:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Giving Bears a Second Chance: Rehabbing Black Bears. Presented by Coy Blair. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 7:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! The History of the University of Tennessee’s Internationally-Recognized "Body Farm". Presented by Dr. Bill Bass. Join Dr. Bass as he discusses the history of the original "Body Farm" founded at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Schedule for Day 4 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee Smokies

As day 4 of Wilderness WIldlife Week kicks off in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee the Parkway is slick with just a light dusting of snow, however major Great Smoky Mountains national park roads such as Newfound Gap, Cherokee Orchard and Laurel Creek to Cades Cove are all closed due to ice and snow so the best place to be is nice and warm in the LeConte Center on Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge.

Stay warm and dry today and enjoy some great programs for free such as music by Boogertown Gap, exploring the Wild World of Animals by Knoxville Zoomobile and being a Junior Bear Curator for Appalachian Bear Rescue. Great learning, great fun, and it is all free!

Don't forget to take a stroll through the exhibition hall and say hi to our friends from Friends of the Smokies!

Some of today’s guided hikes and tours may not take place due to the weather.

Tues, January 27 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Schedule

  • 9 to 10am: Green Power Providers. Presented by Lucas Harkleroad. Join Lucas as he discusses producing electricity with renewables, energy efficiency and grid tie systems. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 9 to 10am: Restoring Tennessee’s Nesting Osprey Slide Presentation. Presented by Ken Dubke. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Rocks and Stones: Actual and Art. Presented by Pat Thomas. Join Pat as she compares rock formations to the art of watercolor marbling stone patterns as art reflects life. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Medicinal Gardening Good for You and the Earth! A Discussion of Medicinal Herbs, Both Cultivated and Native, as Well as Their Uses. Presented by Dana Ripper Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Who’s Nesting in Your Nestbox? Presented by Regina Garr. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: Bringing Sustainable Development to Badly Developed Kenya. Presented by Don Richards. Join Don as he describes how environmental degradation on the shores of and in Lake Victoria in Western Kenya has happened, as well as the effects on the people and remedies. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: LIMITED SPACE! The Art of Dowsing. Presented by Charlie Monday. Limited to 30 participants who will join Charlie to see if they have the gift of dowsing. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 9:30 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Potholder Loom Weaving. Presented by Sherry Mummert. Limit 10, ages 10+. Participants will join Sherry as she teaches them by using cotton loopers, a square potholder will be woven on a small loom. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 10 to 11am: HERITAGE! Meet Mr. Herbert Clabo. Presented by Herbert Clabo with Veta King, Pigeon Forge Public Library, interviewer Join Mr. Clabo as he shares stories of living more than 100 years in the Great Smoky Mountains and Roaring Fork. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 10 to 1pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Studio Lighting Workshop for Photographers of All Experience Levels. Presented by Douglas Hubbard. Limited to 20 people ages 16+. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: Awesome ’Possum: The Natural History of the Opossum. Presented by Lynne McCoy. Join Lynne as she discusses the history of the opossum and shares a special DVD. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 10:50 to 11:50am: Energy, Effort and Passion: Volunteering in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Presented by Christine Hoyer (a YourSmokies favorite!). Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Keeping Your Forest Healthy. Presented by Glenn Taylor. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Arches Along the Way: Arches and Natural Bridges Along Tennessee’s Trails. Presented by Keith Garnes. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 11 – Noon: KIDS’ TRACK! Wild World of Animals. Presented by Knoxville Zoomobile. Live animal show! Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Vintage Postcards of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Presented by Adam Alfrey. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Painting Violets on a Sweatshirt or T-Shirt. Presented by Lois Armstrong. Limited to 10 people each of whom must bring own white t-shirt or sweatshirt. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • Noon to 1pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Homeowners’ Guide for Preventing and Controlling Invasive Plants. Presented by Leon Bates. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 12:15 to 1:15pm: Identifying Local Birds of Prey. Presented by Stephen Lyn Bales. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! From Rugs to Hugs: My Adventures with Bears. Presented by David Whitehead. Join David as he recounts his adventures with bears from an early age to more than 30 years as a wildlife biologist in Tennessee. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: Waterfalls of Tennessee Slide Presentation. Presented by Bill Carter. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Over in the Holler. Presented by Ruth Carr Miller. Join Ruth as she shares short stories of mountaineers who lived between the hills and hollers of these Great Smoky Mountains. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: LIMITED SPACE! The Art of Dowsing. Presented by Charlie Monday. Limit to 30 participants who will join Charlie to see if they have the gift of dowsing. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: Reverend Dr. John Burnett, Founder of Pittman Community Monologue. Presented by Will Rabert. Join Will as he portrays Reverend Dr. John Burnett, the founder of Pittman Center school, clinic and churches in the mountains. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Carving and Painting an Owl, Part One. Presented by Don Taylor. Limit to 10 people, two day session. Participants must bring own sharp carving tools and paint brushes. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Managing Tennessee’s Wildlife: Successes and Failures. Presented by Daryl Ratajczak. Join Daryl as he discusses how managing Tennessee’s wildlife is an ongoing struggle full or ups and downs. Hear about TWRA’s greatest successes and hardest struggles past and present. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1:45 to 2:45pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Historic Rugby, Tennessee: Where Nature and History Collide. Presented by Michael Harris. Join Michael as he discusses the history and preservation of this restored Victorian village that was founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! For Love of the Smokies: Hiking the Trails of GSMNP. Presented by J.L. Stepp. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! In Presence of the Elders. Presented by Donald Wells. Join Donald as he discusses what can be learned from tribal elders he has interviewed and filmed regarding their loss of culture, as well as about their spirituality and wisdom. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: HERITAGE! Music and Songs of the Smokies. Presented by Tony Thomas. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 2 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Make an Appalachian Mountain Corn Shuck Doll. Presented by Anne Freels. Limited to 8 people. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Bays Mountain: A Walk in the Park. Presented by Rhonda Goins. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 2:30 to 4pm: LIMITED SPACE! Intermediate and Advanced Hammer Dulcimer. Presented by Tim Sime. Limit to 20 people participants who must bring own instruments. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Early Pigeon Forge: The Start of Something BIG video presentation! Presented by Veta King, Pigeon Forge Public Library. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Winter: A Time of Nature Observation. Presented by Joel Zachry. Join Joel as he provides entertaining narration in nature’s winter treasures, including landscapes, plants and animal signs. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 3:15 to 4:45pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Who, What and Where of the Matter. Presented by Kathy Gwinn. Join Kathy as she tells attendees stories behind some of the most loved and remembered people, places and events in our country. As listeners, you get to answer the who, what and where of each story. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 3:30 to 4pm: LIMITED SPACE! Beginning Clogging Lessons. Presented by J.K. and Doris Patton. Limited to 20 people. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: Survival Lessons Learned in an Aircraft Accident. Presented by Joe Taft. Join Joe as he relates practical survival lessons appropriate for any situation he learned in a multi-engine A.F. aircraft accident in the Atlantic Ocean. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! The Uses of Essential Oils in Household Products. Presented by Alison Houston. Limited to 10 people ages 16+ will learn to make a household cleaner to take home with them. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 3:30 to 5pm: Civil War in the West, 1864-1865. Presented by Jack Carman. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 4 to 5pm: Civil War Medical: Medicine of 1860s. Presented by Bill Walker. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 4:15 to 4:45pm: LIMITED SPACE! Beginning Clogging Lessons. Presented by J.K. and Doris Patton. Limited to 20 people. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Great Smoky Mountains History You May Not Know. Presented by Joe Kelley. Join retired NPS Ranger Joe Kelley as he shares little-known facts about events, plans and occurrences in the Smokies. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Beauty and the Beast: A Photographic Introduction to Hillwalking in Scotland. Presented by Andy Drinnon. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Animal Olympics. Presented by Mike Meldrum. Limited to 30 Participants who will join Mike as they compete in a program that tests animals abilities with humans. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 4:45 to 5:45pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Be a Junior Bear Curator for Appalachian Bear Rescue. Presented by Kathy Sherrard and ABR’s K-8 Education Team. Limited to 20 Kids ages 5 to 12. A YourSmokies Favorite! Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Down the Grand Canyon on a Raft: The Ultimate Camping Trip Video Presentation. Presented by Mark Evans. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 5 to 6:30pm: HERITAGE! Smoky Mountain Inhabitants and Their Music. Presented by Boogertown Gap (a YourSMokies favorite!) Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 5:15 to 6:45pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The History of Greenbrier: People, Homesites and the Establishment of GSMNP. Presented by Mike Maples. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 5:30 to 6:30pm: Bears, Boars and Bulls: A Wild Life with the Smokies Critters! Presented by retired park ranger Kim Delozier. Join Kim as he shares stories (some funny, others exciting and a couple scary ones, too) of managing wildlife of the Smokies over a 32-year career as a wildlife biologist. A YourSmokies Favorite. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 5:45 to 6:45pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Winter Birds and Wintering Waterfowl of East Tennessee. Presented by Randy Hedgepath. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 6pm: Thursday Hikes and Field Trips Sign-ups in Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 6:30 to 7:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Dragonflies of Tennessee. Presented by Marty Silver. Join Marty as he discusses all things dragonfly and damselfly related. This session discusses how dragonflies are indicators of the health of our nearby environments and will provide participants information on how to observe, photograph and identify these amazing insects. Also, learn how you can be involved in their protection. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 7pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Store Britches: A Play Celebrating Our Appalachian Heritage: Directed by Sabrina Gray. This special historical comedy was written by Gatlinburg’s own Lula Mae Ogle and was performed for the first time in 1936. For three seasons in the 1930’s, Store Britches was utilized as a special fundraiser for the Gatlinburg Weaver’s Club. Some 80 years later, the play has been rediscovered and is produced by the Gatlinburg Garden Club as a fundraiser for the Lucinda Oakley Ogle cabin. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 7:30pm: Slow Jam. Presented by Tony Thomas and Friends. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     

Monday, January 26, 2015

Schedule for Day 3 of Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee Smokies

The sun is just now breaking on Day 3 of Wilderness WIldlife Week in Pigeon Forge and the clouds above us are laden with moisture that will dump as much as 5 inches of snow in the upper elevations an d 2 down in the Pigeon Forge valley. Newfound Gap Road US441 is closed due to snow and ice and could remain so for the rest of the day.

Expect many if not all of the Wilderness Wildlife Week guided hikes to be canceled today as it may be easy to get to trailheads to start the hikes, but far more difficult to return as the weather is expected to deteriorate through the day.

Of course the great news there are tons of great programs, lectures and performances taking place indoors today for Wilderness Wildlife Week starting with such great programs as Ranger Bill Stiver’s bear management in the Great Smoky Mountains program, to Joe Kelley’s Rangers Recollections, to the beautiful Old Time Hymns presented by Don Huskey

Mon, Jan 26th 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Schedule

  • 9 to 10am: Black Bear Management in GSMNP. Presented by Bill Stiver. A Your Smokes Favorite! Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 9 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Our Journey on the Appalachian Trail. Presented by Bill and Sharon Van Horn. Join Bill and Sharon as they share photos, stories and experiences of their eight year section hike of the Appalachian Trail. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Attracting Birds Without Bird Seed. Presented by Regina Garr. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: LIMITED SPACE! Making a Gemstone Bracelet. Presented by LaDonna Twyman. Limited to 8 people ages 18+ will join LaDonna as she instructs them on how to make a gemstone toggle bracelet to take home with them using semi-precious stones, silver toggles and spacer beads. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 9:30 to 10:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Introduction to Needlepoint. Presented by Mary Warner and limited to 15 ages 12+. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 10 to 11am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Mystery of the Trees. Presented by Donald Wells. Join Donald as he explores the Native Americans use of trees to mark trails, water sources, ceremonial sites and more. Tribal elders have shared their knowledge about these ancient customs. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 10 to 11am: HERITAGE! Logging Railroads in the Smokies. Presented by Rick Turner. Join Rick as he provides an in-depth look at how railroads forever changed the Great Smoky Mountains, specifically the Elkmont area in the way people lived and worked there prior to the establishment of the Park. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 10 – Noon: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Learn How to Scan and Digitalize Old Photographs or Negatives/Slides. Presented by Bob Keim. Limited to 8 people. Bring some pictures/slides if you can. Participants should have computer knowledge. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10:30 – Noon: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Hiking and Backpacking: Getting Started Safely and Correctly. Presented by Mike Braun, Bill Deitzer and Pamela Rodgers. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 10:30 to 11:30am: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Spirit of John Muir. Presented by Lee Stetson. Join Lee as he takes attendees back in time on a fun romp through some of the very best of Muir’s grand, thrilling adventures in his beloved western wilderness. Stories include Muir’s encounters with a mighty Yosemite earthquake, dangerous Alaskan ice crevasses, snow blindness, and much more - all liberally salted with Muir's wilderness philosophy. The theme of this session revolves around the health and invigoration one acquires when one fully and joyfully engages wildness. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 11 – Noon: National Wildlife Refuges in Tennessee. Presented by Jim Wigginton. Join Jim as he discusses management and overview of national wildlife refuges in Tennessee, with an emphasis on Tennessee National and Reelfoot. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 11 – Noon: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Paint Your Own Watercolor Note Cards. Presented by Melanie Fetterolf. Limited to 15 people ages 12+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Songs of the Carter Family. Presented by Tony Thomas Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 11 – Noon: Reverend Robert Hall, Bishop of the Cumberlands Monologue. Presented by Will Rabert. William will portray the Reverend Robert Hall, founder of the Cumberland Mountain School. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Heart of a Wildlife Rehabilitator. Presented by Olivia and Tammie Browning. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 11:30 to 12:30pm: HERITAGE! The Story of Pittman Center. Presented by Mayor Glenn Cardwell. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Year-Round Landscaping for Birds and Other Wildlife. Presented by Dana Ripper. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 12:30 to 1:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Tenting on the Old Campground: Music of the Civil War Period. Presented by Timothy Seaman. Join Timothy for a concert featuring tunes from the rich heritage of the Civil War era, with lots of stories and meanings. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 12:30 to 2pm: LIMITED SPACE! 10 Hints for a Successful Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Advice from a Lifetime Master Gardener. Presented by Dr. Leo and Linda Lubke. Limited to 30 people. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 12:45 to 2:15pm: LIMITED SPACE! Beginning Hammer Dulcimer. Presented by Tim Simek. Limited to 20 participants that will bring their own instrument. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Landscaping Attributes of Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines. Presented by Leon Bates. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 1 to 2pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Snakes Alive! Presented by Rhonda Goins and Whitney Calhoun. Limited to 30 people. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 1:15 to 2:15pm: Leave No Trace: The Principles of Outdoor Ethics. Presented by Mike Braun and Pamela Rodgers. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: Outsmart Your Smartphone. Presented by Rich Iceland. Learn from Rich tips on how to use all the features of any cell phone. Fun and informative, Rich reveals how to save a wet phone, how to download different apps and more. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! John Muir’s Story of Stickeen. Presented by Lee Stetson. Join Lee as he shares John Muir’s true story of what happened in 1880 on an Alaskan glacier with a dog named Stickeen. One of Muir's best-known writings, it is now considered a classic dog story. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Birds of Prey Program and Live Bird Show. Presented by American Eagle Foundation. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: KIDS’ TRACK! LIMITED SPACE! Fred and Ted the Fish: Keep Sevier Beautiful. Participants will follow two fish on journeys through the local waters. One finds out how pollution and storm water ruins his travels. Limited to 25 people ages 8+. Taking place in the Bob Hatcher Memorial Room.
     
  • 2 to 3pm: Songs and Stories from the Cabin Porch. Presented by Tony Thomas. Taking place in the LeConte Hall South.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! The Forced Removal of the Cherokee in 1838. Presented by Chris Tipton. Join Chris as she discusses the finding of a journal that started a personal rediscovery of one of our nation’s saddest events, The Trail of Tears. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 2:30 to 3:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! History of Pigeon River Pottery with a Demo. Presented by Tommy Bullen. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 2:30 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Recycle Scraps Into Rag Rugs and Trivets. Presented by Maria Holloway. Limited to 15 people ages 15+. Taking place in the Bob Kolb Memorial Room.
     
  • 2:30 to 4:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Ball Point Pen Drawing. Presented by William Hurst and Maurice Edwards. Limit to 12 people ages 18+ who will join Maurice and William as they teach a convenient way to practice drawing skills with a common ballpoint pen. Bring your favorite pen or use one of the instructors and learn to create a pen and ink landscape. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 2:45 to 4:45pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Make an Appalachian Corn Shuck Doll. Presented by Anne Freels. Limited to 8 participants. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 3 to 4pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Zion and Other Southwest National Parks. Presented by Peter and Gudrun Seifert. Join Peter and Gudrun as they share their hiking adventures in Zion, Bryce, Arches and other National Parks. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 3:15 to 4:15pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Vanishing America. Presented by Kathy Gwinn. From chimney sweeps to "borning rooms," rag paper to "sabbady houses," this session examines the passing of various trades and tools, sights and sounds, vocabulary and virtues that once were common to our country. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 3:30 to 5pm: Civil War in the West, 1863. Presented by Jack Carman. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 4 to 5pm: Ranger Recollections. Presented by retired NPS Ranger Joe Kelley. Join Joe as he shares stories and adventures regarding his experiences in the National Park Service. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 4 to 5pm: HERITAGE! Mock Trial: Let History Judge. Presented by Sevier County High School drama and government classes. Join SCHS students and teachers as they present a mock trial straight from the pages of old Sevier County court dockets. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Attracting and Photographing Birds. Presented by Daniel and Denise Dempster. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 5 to 6pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! LIMITED SPACE! Build a Little Bird Nest Box. Presented by Steve Garr. Limit to 15 people, one nest box per family. Please bring screwdriver for assembly. Taking place in the South Multi-Purpose Room 1.
     
  • 5:30 to 6:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! HERITAGE! Medicine Women of the Smokies Video Presentation. Presented by Dr. Gail Palmer. Join Dr. Palmer as she discusses women who resided in the Smokies in the late 1800s to early 1900s and how they served as herbalists or midwives. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 2.
     
  • 5:30 to 6:30pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Advanced Raptor Biology. Presented by Natalie Mong. Taking place in the North Multi-Purpose Room 3.
  • 5:30 to 6:30pm: HERITAGE! Old Time Hymns. Presented by Don Huskey, Marcia Huskey Nelson, Roger Helton and Andy Stinnett. Listen to melodies that carried from the open windows of little mountain churches of the past. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.
     
  • 6pm: Wednesday Hikes and Field Trips Sign-ups. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall A.
     
  • 7 to 8pm: Tales from Lost: Tales of Search and Rescue in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Presented by Dwight McCarter. A YourSmokies Favorite. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall B.
     
  • 8:15pm: NEW Wilderness Wildlife Week Program! Heaven and Nature Sing. Presented by Ken Jenkins, Judy Felts and Friends. Taking place in the Greenbrier Hall C.