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Smoky Mountain Field School | October 2014 Course Schedule

Smoky Mountain Field School

We are so fortunate that the Tellico Lake Area is just a short drive away from the beautiful Smoky Mountains which offer a world of outdoor activities.  The Smoky Mountain Field School presents high-quality workshops, hikes, and adventures for people who want to enhance their enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of the Smokies and the great outdoors. Click on the course name to be taken to the SMFS website for more information.

Butterflies and Flutterbies

October 5     9:30 am – 5 pm

Spend a delightful day in the fields of Cades Cove looking for butterflies, moths, and anything that may flutter by! Learn about how to begin to identify the many butterflies that live in our region. If we find monarchs, we’ll participate in one of the first and biggest citizen science programs by counting and tagging them as they pass through the Cove. What a fun way to celebrate the fall and to get to know Cades Cove in a personal way! Get ready to have a great day in a beautiful setting.

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Incredible Edibles and Traditional Medicinals

October 11     9:30 am – 4 pm

Spend a day discovering how to identify plants and trees Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicines, crafts, and other items of daily life. Sample delicious wild flavors appropriate to the seasons. The instructor shares the herb-lore from “medicine men” and “granny women” while the group searches the woods and fields of this temperate rain forest for its hidden treasures. In addition, the June experience explores the original route between Gatlinburg and Cherokee and a portion of the Appalachian Trail, while the August experience explores the area around the Mountain Farmstead and Luftee riverside. (Tip: August is the best month for mushroomers!) Each session provides valuable insight into how early Native Americans and caucasian settlers found a bounty from which to live off the land.

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Bears of the Smokies

October 18     10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Come along with an experienced bear enthusiast and hiker for a day of learning fascinating facts about black bears and coexisting with them in our southern Appalachians. On a moderate hike into the backcountry the group will gain useful knowledge about bears and related flora and fauna, exchange stories, and look for signs and possible den sites. Fall is a great time to be outside learning about these remarkable creatures and it provides a better than average likelihood of observing them as they forage for the last of hard mast before entering a den site with winter approaching.

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Introduction to Orienteering

October 18     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

In the simplest terms, orienteering is the process of using a map and compass to travel from one place to another. Traditionally, orienteering has been associated with competitive events where participants race cross-country with map and compass to find targets in the shortest period of time. Through lectures, classroom activities, and field exercises, you’ll learn the fundamental skills of both competitive and wilderness orienteering.

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Advanced Wilderness Orienteering

October 19     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Introduction to Orienteering

Do you have some outdoor and/or orienteering experience? Then here is a chance to get in-depth instruction on using a map and compass to navigate in remote areas. Lectures and classroom exercises emphasize the advanced aspects of map reading, using an orienteering compass, declination, route projection, and improvisation. Practical field exercises enable you to learn first-hand how to navigate from one point to another in the wilderness.

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Canoe Exploration of Calderwood Lake

October 25     8:00 am – 6:00 pm

What does Harrison Ford, a flooded railroad tunnel, and Alcoa have in common? Calderwood Lake! Come paddle your kayak or canoe on the beautiful and remote Calderwood Lake and learn where part of The Fugitive was filmed. See a portion of a flooded railroad tunnel and learn about the history of one of the ‘finger lakes’ of the Smokies. Bordered by both the National Forest and National Park lands, this lake should be absolutely beautiful (weather permitting) for a fall paddle! Plan on bringing your own vessel and essential gear.

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Fall Nature Photography

October 25     8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course does not count toward the Photography Certificate.

Learn techniques for designing photographs of combined subjects such as landscape, waterscapes, and fall color. We’ll use composition, perspective, light, and exposure to develop our images and learn the technical manipulations of the equipment that are necessary to obtain the desired results. This workshop is applicable to both digital and 35mm SLR format.

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Posted: October 1, 2014