4 Things You Can’t Miss at Wilderness Wildlife Week 2019

If you’re a fan of The Smokies, hiking, animals, and nature, then Wilderness Wildlife Week is perfect for you! Enjoy a week full of history, nature, and hiking all based here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and The LeConte Center. You can find so many tools to help you on your next exploration such as: demonstrations, classes, and even entertainment!


  1. Nature Photography Sessions & smokies Through the Lens Digital Photography Contest

On Wednesday, May 8th, be sure to head into the Greenbriar Hall C to hear speaker Jeff Rennicke inform on “With New Eyes: Photography and a Sense of Place.”

Also, throughout the week you can step into Greenbriar Hall B to see contest entries for the “Smokies Through the Lens Digital Photography Contest and Showcase. All photography submissions are due by April 22nd and awards vary from $20- $50.


  1. Children’s Activities

Children can enroll in the new Young Experts Program (YEP) for sessions and activities on all educational classes!

To the Outdoors! Kid’s can participate in the FREE Kid’s Trout Tournament on Saturday May 11th! The fishing tournament will take place at Patriot Park beginning at 8am- 1pm. Free lunch is provided.


  1.  Excursions

Head out to the trails during Wilderness Wildlife Week on Wednesday, May 8th- Saturday, May 11th for guided hikes throughout the Smokies! Be sure to register according to the hike schedule and don’t forget your hiking necessities: head cover, socks, water, snacks, and more! Whether you’re looking for easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes, there’s something for everyone.


  1. Dr. Bill Bass with guest emcee Frank Murphy

Come see an east Tennessee legend speak about Death’s Acre and Beyond: Adventures in the Smokies, Appalachia, and the Body Farm! Dr. Bass created the world’s first laboratory devoted to human decomposition at The University of Tennessee. Although Dr. Bass no longer teaches at the university, he continues to lecture, testifying during trials, and writing books and publications. You can see him speak during Wilderness Wildlife Week on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:45 pm in Greenbriar Hall C.

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