Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its plant and animal diversity, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park, with more than 10 million people .
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.
Discover Life in America develops a model for research in biodiversity. DLIA uses this knowledge to develop and disseminate information to encourage the discovery, understanding, preservation, and enjoyments of natural resources. The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, a project of Discover Life in America, seeks to inventory the estimated 100,000 species of living organisms in GSMNP and to develop checklists, reports, maps, databases, and natural history profiles that describe the biology of this rich landscape to a wide audience. The species level of biological diversity is central to the ATBI, but the project is developed within an ecological and conservation context and encourages understanding at other levels of organization, including genetic variation within species and ecosystem descriptions.
DLIA's Salamander Ball - If you’ve ever marveled at the depth, breadth, or beauty of wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you are invited to the region’s premiere fundraising event in support of conservation and science. This family-friendly evening encourages you to dress as your favorite Smokies critter and join the staff and board of Discover Life in America (and a few surprise guests!) to celebrate the wondrous biodiversity in GSMNP. Children in attendance will receive signed copies of "The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball" by Lisa Horstman. Last but not least, we are delighted to partner with the Knoxville Zoo to hold this event at their great facilities. Please come early and take some time to visit the zoo's wonder-filled exhibits!
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont provides in-depth experiences through education programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of GSMNP. Connecting people and nature summarizes Tremon's mission, which is accomplish through providing hands-on learning experiences with the National Park, focusing on developing in people a greater sense of place, a deepened appreciation and awe for the diversity of life and people, and an ethics of stewardship that follows them home.
Association of Partners for Public Lands is a not-for-profit organization working to enhance the potential of its members, who are dedicated to public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of America’s natural and cultural heritage. Through education, information, and representation, APPL promotes the vitality of its members and their programs of service and support to the agencies who oversee this nation’s public lands.
Appalachian Bear Rescue is a one-of-a-kind black bear rehabilitation facility. Located just outside GSMNP in Townsend, TN, ABR is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to returning black bears back to the wild since 1996. Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured or in need of medical care. Thanks to the work of ABR, these bears are rehabilitated and released back to the wild.