Wildflowers are all around us throughout our
Smoky Mountain spring, summer, and fall. Learn some identification tips,
medicinal and edible uses, and where and when you can find the many colorful
varieties of wildflowers, and flowering trees and shrubs. We’ll also enjoy
sharing some interesting stories about the life histories and the names of
various species. This presentation is easily adapted to areas outside of the
Smokies as well.
Amphibians and Reptiles of the
Find out why the Smokies is known as the “Salamander
Capital of the World”! Come and enjoy a slide presentation highlighting the
identification, general biology, ecology, and life histories of various species
of amphibians and reptiles found in the Smokies. Learn about these interesting
animals and how they play a vital role in many ecosystems. This presentation is
easily adapted to areas outside of the Smokies as well
Introduction to Great Smoky Mountains National
This presentation provides a broad informative overview
of the incredible diversity and beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It includes a discussion of the various habitats, plants, and animals found in
the Smokies as well as seasonal changes and highlights. Some cultural aspects of
this region (so rich in human history) will also be addressed. Information will
be presented on the ongoing All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), a very
important large-scale inventory project conducted by the Park Service and many
cooperating scientists, students and volunteers.
Elk, Back in the Smokies
elk here to stay? A large member of the deer family, elk are native to the
eastern and western United States. Learn about the general biology, ecology, and
history of elk in the United States. We’ll also discuss results of the
experimental restoration of elk conducted in Great Smoky Mountains National
Become better acquainted with birds as we
investigate the basics of bird identification, behavior, and ecology. This
presentation provides information on the tools of the trade (binoculars and
field guides), the skills needed to become a birder (such as patience and the
ability to be still and quiet), and the importance of knowing what to look for
(such as the various field marks). Bird behavior, flight patterns, habitats,
birdsong, and birding etiquette are all discussed in this presentation. The
topic of “attracting birds”, or “how to make your yard a better habitat for
birds” can also be included.
Fall in the Smokies
Fall in the Smokies through pictures and discussion. Highlights will include
wildflowers, fall foliage, the activities of bear, elk and other wildlife and
other wonders of this grand crown jewel of our national parks.
Photography For Naturalists
Naturalists we have the opportunity and desire to show others the many natural
wonders that intrigue us. At times we are asked to present our knowledge
regarding particular subjects. The next best thing to being in the field is a
well-done slide presentation. Photography is an important tool for many
Naturalists and one worth pursuing both for the presentation of our subjects and
for the pure enjoyment of this creative outlet. We will explore basic techniques
and skills of photography for Naturalists and how to use these skills to
showcase your specific natural subjects. Topics discussed include equipment,
lighting, exposure, composition, ethics and animal behavior.
works well when followed by an outdoor session where skills and technique can be
practiced in a more hands-on fashion.
Salamander Capitol of the
More salamanders can be found in this southern
Appalachian region than anywhere else in the world (if you know where to look)!
Join us for a slide presentation and discussion highlighting the identification,
general biology, ecology, and life histories of various species of salamanders
found in the Smokies, and the vital role they play in many ecosystems.