Wilderness Wildlife Week

Wilderness Wildlife Week Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge’s Wilderness Wildlife Week offers lectures, seminars, guided hikes, and more in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most of all, this is a week filled with special seminars and workshops about the wilderness and wildlife in the park.

Special events feature the wilderness and wildlife in the national park and surrounding outdoor areas.

During Wilderness Wildlife Week, you will have an opportunity to join other hikers on an easy outdoor walk.  

You will see frozen waterfalls or take a more difficult hike into deeper territory. Lecture topics include Smoky Mountain history, fly fishing, plant and animal habitation, and more. Moreover, special events have been planned for children and adults — storytelling, fishing, music, photography and more.

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Wilderness Wildlife Week features more than 50 vendors. Image by Jeaneane Payne

This is a week of wonderful, educational outdoor events

Wilderness Wildlife Week – a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for May 2018 by the Southeast Tourism Society. 

Outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers or those who maybe want to learn more about our National Park can choose from various lectures. Topics range from the area’s rich heritage to conservation. Outdoor demonstrations include back country and Dutch oven cooking.  Workshops focus on basket weaving, photography, fishing, wildflowers and more.

Especially relevant for kids

A special kids’ track is  for younger outdoor enthusiasts. Kids can learn more about topics ranging from composting, snakes, and photography. Ken Jenkins, a well known photographer, leads a session called Connecting to Nature.  In this session, he will look at how to engage wildlife and experience first-hand some of the ways to connect to nature and capture its beauty. Additionally, a children’s Old-Time Scavenger Hunt (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Kids’ Trout Tournament (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages seven to 12) take place on Saturday.

Exhibits & Vendors

More than 50 exhibits and vendors are at the LeConte Center.  These include the not-for-profit Cades Cove Preservation Association and Onsite Heritage Museum.  Also, East Tennessee Historical Society, Keep Sevier Beautiful, and Tennessee Trail of Tears  have exhibits.  In addition, all exhibits are open daily during the conference beginning at 10 a.m.

All workshops, lectures, panel discussions, slide/video presentations and hike signups take place at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, 2986 Teaster Lane Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.

Information Desk: Open daily from 7 am – 9 pm
Vendor/Exhibit Hall: Open daily from 9 am – 6 pm