24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week Explores Outdoors and Heritage

January is not only a beautiful time to visit the Smokies, it is also the time for the 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week, an award-winning event spanning eight days from January 25-February 1.Wilderness-Wildlife-Week[1]

So, what is Wilderness Wildlife Week? It’s a week celebrating the great outdoors and the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Hosted at the brand new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Wilderness Wildlife Week features over 335 programs and 45 hikes. Programs range from the arts (i.e., “Smokies Through The Lens”) to educational and environmental programs (i.e., programs on rock formations in the Smokies and storytelling classes).

Appalachian heritage plays a large part in Wilderness Wildlife Week; AppalachiaFest, for example, celebrates the spirit of the Smoky Mountains through music. This year, the event will expand AppalachiaFest to an entire tract. featuring performers such as Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Boogertown Gap, and Lost Mill String Band, to name a few.

It’s an event for the entire family, too, with programs for adults and kids. The kids can learn to use a map and compass or listen to stories of Appalachia, while the adults can take dulcimer instruction or informational classes on trout fishing in the Smokies. And we cannot forget about the classes on Mountain Lions, Owls, and Bears–oh, my!

Bring the family,  listen to renowned educators, and witness the beauty and history of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information on classes and schedules, visit the program guide for the 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week below.

Click on the photo below to access the program guide.

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