New interactive Junior Ranger Activity Guide published for young park enthusiasts

Great Smoky Mountains Association is pleased to announce the publication of its Junior Ranger Activity Guide, an interactive workbook packed full of fun activities designed to introduce kids of all ages to the Smokies. The 38-page booklet encourages kids to look, listen, map, seek, observe, dance, play and share during their visit and serves as […]

Crosby helps to inspire “A Search for Safe Passage”

David Crosby

Legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby passed away at the age of 81 on January 19, 2023. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. David Crosby’s music influenced creative director Frances Figart in writing GSMA’s award-winning title A Search for Safe Passage, geared for […]

Berea College Magazine publishes ‘A Search for Safe Passage’ author reflection

“A Search for Safe Passage” was written by Frances Figart, pictured, and illustrated by Emma Oxford.

In a December article for Berea College Magazine, A Search for Safe Passage author and Berea alumna Frances Figart reflected on all that led up to her work advocating for safe wildlife crossings in the Pigeon River Gorge and beyond. In the article, Figart recalled that, as a child growing up in eastern Kentucky, she often […]

Plan ahead for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

For more than seven decades, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has brought participants into the park to experience the wonders of spring in the Smokies and learn about the natural world from leading experts. The 73rd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will be April 26–29, 2023. Photo provided by Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.

Soon the long, sultry days of summer will be behind us, and autumn will be on the horizon. But some nature lovers in the Smokies may already be enthusiastically awaiting spring and a decades-old event that celebrates the remarkable diversity of wildflowers found in our region. For 72 years, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great […]

Building the Smokies, the rise of the CCC

By Reagan Lane Today, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, but it was once at risk of being destroyed before it even existed. With the industrial boom from World War I in the early 20th century, natural resources across the country were being consumed faster than […]

Partners cooperate to meet the needs of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

By Valerie Polk Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves more than 500,000 acres of treasured mountain landscape and roughly 2,900 miles of rivers and streams, all habitat for thousands of species of plants, animals, fungi, and more. In the midst of this impressive biodiversity are nearly 850 miles of trails and numerous iconic landmarks that […]

Permanent Camp: A new guide to fishes of the Smokies

By George Ellison Sicklefin Redhorse . . . Warmouth . . . Black Crappie . . . Mottled Sculpin . . . Sauger . . . Smoky Madtom . . . Gilt Darter . . . Topminow . . . Mirror Shiner . . . Rosyside Dace . . . Central Stoneroller . . . […]