Educator Trek: Spring in the Mountains

  • 2:00pm Friday, May 03, 2024 - 6:00pm Sunday, May 05, 2024

two flowers with three white petals that turn red closer the the center; three leaves and a tall stalk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hotspot for biodiversity, and spring is a wonderful time to experience it! Examine wildflowers, search for elk, look for signs of the changing seasons, and discover what’s hiding just below the surface of the forest floor. Participate in ongoing research projects in the park, and bring home ideas and activities to teach about our interdependence with the natural world.

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 near Waynesville, NC, double occupancy. There may be a few singles available as well.

Transportation: Participants can ride with the group from Raleigh departing at 2pm or meet us at our lodging near Waynesville, NC around 7pm. Transportation will be in Museum vans.

Register online
The full workshop fee is due when you register and payment is via credit card. Registration for most Educator Treks is on a first-come, first-served basis. Treks fill quickly, so register early!

*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 double-occupancy hotel-style lodging, transporation, and most meals)
  • Requirements: For educators (includes teachers, administrators, pre-service or substitute teachers; non-formal educators; anyone working on their EE certification)
  • Program Instructor: Melissa Dowland
  • Activity Level: Hiking up to about 2 miles on fairly steep and uneven terrain.
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May 3 @ 2:00 pm
May 5 @ 6:00 pm
$125* (includes double-occupancy hotel-style lodging, transporation, and most meals)


In the Field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Haywood County, NC


Melissa Dowland