Educator Trek: Got Elk?

  • 2:00pm Friday, October 25, 2024 - 6:00pm Sunday, October 27, 2024

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 some 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 a lodge in Lake Junaluska, 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 Lake Junaluska in the evening. Transportation will be in Museum vans.

Registration: Register online

Note: We do not want cost to be a barrier for any educator. If the cost of this workshop would prevent your participation, please reach out to 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: $125* (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: Emma Blackford
  • Activity Level: Moderate (hiking up to two miles on uneven trails)
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October 25 @ 2:00 pm
October 27 @ 6:00 pm
$125* (includes lodging, some meals, transportation, and classroom resources)


In the Field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Megan Davis