2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


April 1 - 6                
WEEK OF HIKES at SNOWBIRD LODGE -- Hike by day, enjoy luxury by night at beautiful Snowbird Mountain Lodge in Robbinsville, NC. 


April 22
THE WILDFLOWERS of GREENBRIER DAY HIKE - Marvels of Spring -- Dayhike during spring wildflowers in the Smokies; SMFS* 


​May 9 - 13
WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK -- Day Hikes and Nature Programs in Pigeon Forge, TN


June 4 - 9
WEEK OF HIKES at The SWAG -- Enjoy daily hikes and nature presentations at the luxurious mountaintop inn with award-winning views and service, minutes away from Waynesville, NC.

June 17
THE CURIOUS BLACK BEAR - Workshop and dayhike in the Smokies to learn all about the black bear. SMFS* 


June 25 - 30
WEEK OF HIKES at The SWAG -- Enjoy daily hikes and nature presentations at the luxurious mountaintop inn with award-winning views and service, minutes away from Waynesville, NC.


July 10 - 14
JUNIOR NATURALIST CERTIFICATION  -- Smoky Mountain Field School and KidsU week-long day camp at UT and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park  SMFS*


September 17 - 22
WEEK OF HIKES at The SWAG -- Enjoy daily hikes and nature presentations at the luxurious mountaintop inn with award-winning views and service, minutes away from Waynesville, NC.


​October 1 - 6
NATURE'S TREASURES - LANDSCAPES, PLANTS, AND ANIMALS: Learn about the area's flora and fauna and then hike with a Naturalist -- at the John C. Campbell Folk School in beautiful Brasstown, NC 


October 22- 27
WEEK OF HIKES at The SWAG -- Enjoy daily hikes and nature presentations at the luxurious mountaintop inn with award-winning views and service, minutes away from Waynesville, NC.


November 4 - 9
WEEK OF HIKES at SNOWBIRD LODGE -- Hike by day, enjoy luxury by night at beautiful Snowbird Mountain Lodge in Robbinsville, NC 





*SMFS -- Smoky Mountain Field School in cooperation with the 
   National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
   and University of Tennessee 
**GOAT -- Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel 
 info@gowithgoat.com
















BEAUTIFUL SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN LODGE: 
WEEK OF HIKES

Hike by Day, Luxury by Night! As winter gives way to spring, you can enjoy your stay at beautiful Snowbird Mountain Lodge, nestled in the mountains of Southern Appalachia in Graham County, NC, just eleven miles from Robbinsville, NC. This historic lodge, built in the late 1930's and early 1940's, offers a complete package of a multitude of outdoor activities paired with wonderful accommodations and cuisine. Joel and Kathy Zachry will be the Hike Leaders for the week of April 1 - 6. Each day will bring a hike in the neighboring mountains. Evening natural history and "show-and-tell" presentations will also be made during the week. Once you visit Snowbird, you will want to make it an annual pilgrimage! 

Saturday, April 1 - Thursday, April 6
Hike Leaders/Naturalists: Joel & Kathy Zachry, guiding at Snowbird since 2003
Learn more online about Snowbird Lodge at http://www.snowbirdlodge.com
or call (828) 479-3433 or 1-800-941-9290. 








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SMOKY MOUNTAIN FIELD SCHOOL:
THE WILDFLOWERS of GREENBRIER- 
Spring Day Hike 

Explore the lush Greenbrier valley in April for a treasure-trove of spring wildflowers. Learn in a small group setting some of the most common species that define many of the Park's slopes. This area is habitat to dozens of varieties, such as trillium, bluets, fringed phacelia and favorites like little brown jug, jack-in-the-pulpit, toothwort, hepatica and several common non-flowering plants. This is an ideal outing for those with a passion for flowers, beauty and learning.
Instructors: Joel and Kathy Zachry have been instructors since 1980 and1983, respectively. They are husband and wife naturalists and the field school Program Directors. Joel is a retired community college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical products executive. They are the owners/guides of Great Outdoor! Adventure Travel, completed section-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2005 and co-authored the book, Bears We've Met.

Saturday, 4/22/2017, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Meet at the Grreenbrier Ranger Station parking lot.
Instructors: Joel and Kathy Zachry
UT's Smoky Mountain Field School Course #17SP926 Fee: $79

Register online at www.smfs.utk.edu or call (865) 974-0150. 












WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK 

 Spend May 9 - 13th in the Great Smoky Mountains for the now springtime Wilderness week. Enjoy daily seminars and lectures, evening presentations and guided hikes and walks. All free of charge! This is the 26th year for the event and the Zachry's 22nd year to participate -- and the event expands each and every year. 
Hike led by Joel and Kathy Zachry: Friday, May 12th; 
Programs by Joel Zachry:  Thurs, May 11; Sat, May 13 

For More Information
http://www.mypigeonforge.com/













WEEK OF HIKES @
The SWAG
Nestled 5000' above the Smokies

Enjoy breathtaking views, luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and award-winning service at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, NC. This private Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast is located 5000' above the 'cares of the world.'  2017 marks the 36th season of unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty, and tranquility at this all-inclusive inn.  Join Special Event leaders Joel and Kathy Zachry for daily hikes and afternoon nature presentations.  

June 4 - 9, 2017
For more information or to book your reservation, visit:  www.theswag.com or call (828) 926-0430 or (800) 789-7672.












SMOKY MOUNTAIN FIELD SCHOOL
THE CURIOUS BLACK BEAR


In our Smokies we have only the black bear, Ursus americanus. It is neither a true carnivore or meat-eater, nor does it hibernate in caves, as many fables have taught us. Its eyesight is probably as good as ours but it is the nose that drives everything, from avoiding confrontations to feeding a ravenous appetite. So, what does it eat, how and when does it rest, and how can you safely experience its presence? Come learn what we've learned from over 60 GPS-collared bears in the park this past year, learn of their travels and interactions, as well as learn about other remarkable characteristics and attributes.
Instructor: Joel (and Kathy Zachry) have been instructors since 1980 and1983, respectively. They are husband and wife naturalists and the field school Program Directors. Joel is a retired community college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical products executive. They are the owners/guides of Great Outdoor! Adventure Travel, completed section-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2005 and co-authored the book, Bears We've Met.

Saturday, 6/17/2017, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Meet at the Cosby Picnic Pavilion.
Instructors: Joel and Kathy Zachry
UT's Smoky Mountain Field School Course #17SU862 Fee: $79

Register online at www.smfs.utk.edu or call (865) 974-0150. 









WEEK OF HIKES @
The SWAG
Nestled 5000' above the Smokies

Enjoy breathtaking views, luxurious accomodations, fine dining, and award-winning service at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, NC. This private Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast is located 5000' above the 'cares of the world.' 2017 marks the 36th season of unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty, and tranquility at this all-inclusive inn. Join Special Event leaders Joel and Kathy Zachry for daily hikes and afternoon nature presentations.  

June 25 - 30, 2017
For more information or to book your reservation, visit: www.theswag.com or call (828) 926-0430 or (800) 789-7672.









JUNIOR NATURALIST CERTIFICATION
SMOKY MOUNTAIN FIELD SCHOOL AND KIDSU

Become a certified Junior Naturalist as the Smoky Mountain Field School and Kids U combine to offer a unique program for middle-school aged youth.
Do you love to be outside? Are you interested in wild animals, plants, and the Great Smoky Mountains? In this camp you’ll earn your Junior Naturalist Certification after a week full of learning and exploring in nature.
You’ll travel to the park to learn from experts—including some park rangers—about park flora (plants) and fauna (animals), outdoor safety and preparedness, and culture and history of the Smoky Mountains. Traveling from the classroom to the mountains will enable you to experience hands-on learning on trails, along streams, and all around nature’s outdoor laboratory. We’ll visit cultural sites that explore both the Cherokees and the early settlers of the Park’s mountains.
UT Non-Credit will provide some scholarships to deserving students who meet certain criteria in order to attend our Junior Naturalist Camp. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to sponsor students for this program by calling (865) 974-0150, or contact smfs@utk.edu for further information.​


Monday - Friday, July 10 - 14, 2017, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1:00PM Friday)
UT Conference Center & Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Instructors: Joel and Kathy Zachry
UT's KidsU Course #17SU429 Fee: $329

Register online HERE or call (865) 974-0150. 














WEEK OF HIKES @
The SWAG
Nestled 5000' above the Smokies

Enjoy breathtaking views, luxurious accomodations, fine dining, and award-winning service at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, NC. This private Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast is located 5000' above the 'cares of the world.' 2017 marks the 36th season of unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty, and tranquility at this all-inclusive inn. Join Special Event leaders Joel and Kathy Zachry for daily hikes and afternoon nature presentations.  

September 17 - 22, 2017
For more information or to book your reservation, visit: www.theswag.com or call (828) 926-0430 or (800) 789-7672.










JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
NATURE'S TREASURES -- LANDSCAPES, 
PLANTS, AND ANIMALS

Join a biologist/naturalist to study the natural treasures of the Southern Appalachians. Indoors, we'll spend some time studying nature in a non-technical manner, then we'll go out to apply the learnings. Gain knowledge of the area's flowers, trees, and mammals, including bears, and how to avoid dangerous encounters. While the focus is on learning, not hiking, students should be able to walk approximately 2 miles per day.

Sunday - Friday, October 1 - 6, 2017
Instructor: Joel Zachry, JCCFS Instructor since 2002
Course Tuition: $564
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
folkschool.org

Register online or call (828) 837-2775 or (800) 365-5724. 













WEEK OF HIKES @
The SWAG
Nestled 5000' above the Smokies

Enjoy breathtaking views, luxurious accomodations, fine dining, and award-winning service at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, NC. This private Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast is located 5000' above the 'cares of the world.' 2017 marks the 36th season of unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty, and tranquility at this all-inclusive inn. Join Special Event leaders Joel and Kathy Zachry for daily hikes and afternoon nature presentations.  

October 22 - 27, 2017
For more information or to book your reservation, visit: www.theswag.com or call (828) 926-0430 or (800) 789-7672.










​BEAUTIFUL SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN LODGE: 
WEEK OF HIKES

Hike by day, Luxury by night! Enjoy your stay at beautiful Snowbird Mountain Lodge, nestled in the mountains of Southern Appalachia in Graham County, NC, just eleven miles from Robbinsville, NC. This historic lodge, built in the late 1930's and early 1940's, offers a complete package of a multitude of outdoor activities paired with wonderful accommodations and cuisine. Joel and Kathy Zachry will be the Hike Leaders for the week of November 4 - 9. Each day will bring a hike in the neighboring mountains. Evening natural history and "show-and-tell" presentations will also be made during the week. Once you visit Snowbird, you will want to make it an annual pilgrimage! 
Saturday - Thursday, November 4 - 9
Hike Leaders/Naturalists: Joel and Kathy Zachry, guiding Snowbird guests since 2003

Learn more online about Snowbird Lodge at http://www.snowbirdlodge.com/ 
or call (828) 479-3433 or 1-800-941-9290. 
















































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