March 25 - Free virtual Educator workshops on Phenology (4:30pm - 6:00pm) and Elk/Bear research (6:00pm - 6:30pm)

 Same day but not the same time

Phenology and Project Budburst - free Educator workshop

March 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are teaming up again to bring you more professional development.  This month we will be joined by Dr. Sarah Jones, Education Manager with Project Budburst, as we explore the fascinating world of phenology-the study of the timing of natural events.

We’ll engage in activities we can share with our students, both in the schoolyard and with virtual learning, that get us thinking about what seasonal changes mean for us and our ecosystems.

Note that phenology is NOT just for science learners!! From history to literature, math to civics, the rhythm of our ecosystems has implications and opportunities for all areas of study.  The workshop is free, but you do have to register - Join us! 


“Budburst is a collection of researchers, educators, gardeners, and community scientists working together to illustrate the human impacts on the natural world around us. We tell that story through data collection, data sharing, education, and personal connections.”

Certification of 1.5 contact hours of professional development provided upon request.


Bear and Elk Studies in the Smokies - Free webinar

March 25 6:00pm - 6:30 pm

A separate registration is needed to join us from 6:00 - 6:30 to hear from UT Researcher Jessica Braunstein. She will discuss her work on two different research projects, one that looks at Black bear movement and food conditioning along the Smokies boundary in into neighboring communities. The second is ongoing research to determine the Elk population in the region, funded by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Field School, you can register for this free webinar here or by calling 865-974-0150.



Susan Sachs
Education Branch Coordinator
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
1194 Newfound Gap Rd. 
Cherokee, NC 28719
office phone: 828-497-1932 
work cell phone: 865-206-2714