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Educator Trek: Got Elk?

  • 2:00pm Friday, October 27, 2023 - 6:00pm Sunday, October 29, 2023

bull elk bugling in tall brown grasses

Join us as we search for the majestic elk, reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after an absence of more than 200 years. Observe and learn about elk biology, while also exploring other facets of the Park’s ecosystem. Sample activities used to document the biodiversity of the Park. Participate in citizen science data collection on snails and lichens. Discover how you can bring the excitement of field research into your classroom.

Credit: 20 contact hours toward CEUs or Criteria II/III for North Carolina’s Environmental Education Certification Program

Lodging: The workshop fee covers a two-night stay in an lodge in Waynesville, NC. Most rooms will be double occupancy.

Transportation: Participants can ride with the group from Raleigh departing at 2pm or meet us at the lodging in Waynesville in the evening. Transportation will be in Museum vans.

Registration: This workshop is already full, but please join our waiting list if you are interested in attending. We often are able to offer spots to those on the waiting list closer to the date of the workshop.

*The cost of this Trek is reduced due to a generous gift through the Friends of the Smokies. Due to this reduction of costs, Friends of the Museum discounts are unavailable.


  • Fee: $95* (includes lodging, some meals, transportation, and classroom resources)
  • Requirements: For educators (includes teachers, administrators, pre-service or substitute teachers; non-formal educators; anyone working on their EE certification)
  • Trip Leader: Megan Davis
  • Activity Level: Moderate (hiking up to two miles on uneven trails)
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October 27 @ 2:00 pm
October 29 @ 6:00 pm
$95* (includes lodging, some meals, transportation, and classroom resources)


In the Field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Melissa Dowland