The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has launched an interactive website for families to enjoy virtual outdoor experiences, including videos and activities to connect people with the park from home.

“During this time of uncertainty when the park is closed and most people are confined to their homes, we hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to virtually experience the Smokies,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the park soon, but until then, I invite you to pause and enjoy a Smokies break online with us.”

While parked at home, students can journey to the Smokies through a variety of online park experiences, including ranger-led field trips and nature explorations about lichen, bears and monarch butterflies, and more.

The site also shares educational projects you can do in your own backyards, including:

• Create a soundmap of your own backyard with nature journaling exercise.

• Participate in a citizen science project to track seasonal changes, known as phenology.

• Go on a lichen hunt in your backyard and record your findings.

These opportunities were created in collaboration with Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Discover Life in America, Great Smoky Mountains Association, and in partnership with Friends of the Smokies.

The website is www.smokieees.org.

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