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Young Scientists and Volunteers Needed to Help in Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering special programs for youth to participate in science & service activities this summer.

Salamander Scientists

Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as the “Salamander Capital of the World”? Join a park ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park’s most popular amphibian.  Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature.  Closed-toed shoes that can get wet are recommended. Registration is not required.

Program dates: June 12 and July 17, 10:00am-11:30am

Meeting location: In front of Sugarlands Visitor Center

*Ages 3-18 recommended

Contact Emily Guss at 865-436-1713 for more information.

Student Volunteer Days

Middle and high school students, recent graduates, and their families can spend time in the field with a park ranger conducting scientific projects such as salamander monitoring, tree identification and mapping, and water quality assessments. These hands-on projects provide participants with a specialized field experience that will help park researchers perform important studies. This experience also provides young people an opportunity to get involved in science and in their national park in a fun and interesting way.

Tennessee Location: June 20, July 7, and August 6

Contact Emily Guss at 865-436-1713 to RSVP and for logistics

North Carolina Location: June 19 and August 1

Contact Beth Wright at 828-497-1907 to RSVP and for logistics

If middle school, high school, and college students are interested in these kinds of activities or are interested in other opportunities such as science and service proj

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering special programs for youth to participate in science & service activities this summer.

Salamander Scientists

Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as the “Salamander Capital of the World”? Join a park ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park’s most popular amphibian.  Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature.  Closed-toed shoes that can get wet are recommended. Registration is not required.

Program dates: June 12 and July 17, 10:00am-11:30am

Meeting location: In front of Sugarlands Visitor Center

*Ages 3-18 recommended

Contact Emily Guss at 865-436-1713 for more information.

Student Volunteer Days

Middle and high school students, recent graduates, and their families can spend time in the field with a park ranger conducting scientific projects such as salamander monitoring, tree identification and mapping, and water quality assessments. These hands-on projects provide participants with a specialized field experience that will help park researchers perform important studies. This experience also provides young people an opportunity to get involved in science and in their national park in a fun and interesting way.

Tennessee Location: June 20, July 7, and August 6

Contact Emily Guss at 865-436-1713 to RSVP and for logistics

North Carolina Location: June 19 and August 1

Contact Beth Wright at 828-497-1907 to RSVP and for logistics

If middle school, high school, and college students are interested in these kinds of activities or are interested in other opportunities such as science and service projects, job shadowing, volunteering, and summer internships, please contact Emily Guss at 865-436-1713.

 

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