Young scientists and volunteers needed to help in Park

by Jun 4, 2014Happenings0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering special programs for youth to participate in science and service activities this summer.

Salamander Scientists

Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as the “Salamander Capital of the World”? Join a park ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park’s most popular amphibian.  Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature.  Closed-toed shoes that can get wet are recommended. Registration is not required.

Program dates: June 12 and July 17, 10am-11:30am

Meeting location: In front of Sugarlands Visitor Center

*Ages 3-18 recommended

Info: Guss (865) 436-1713


Student Volunteer Days

Middle and high school students, recent graduates, and their families can spend time in the field with a park ranger conducting scientific projects such as salamander monitoring, tree identification and mapping, and water quality assessments. These hands-on projects provide participants with a specialized field experience that will help park researchers perform important studies. This experience also provides young people an opportunity to get involved in science and in their national park in a fun and interesting way.

North Carolina Location: June 19 and Aug. 1

Info: 497-1907 to RSVP and for logistics

If middle school, high school, and college students are interested in these kinds of activities or are interested in other opportunities such as science and service projects, job shadowing, volunteering, and summer internships, contact Emily Guss (865) 436-1713.