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Bears of Our Smokies

Dates:October 12, 2024
Meets:Sa from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location:Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cost: $79.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.


Join Joey Holt for a day filled with fascinating facts about our Smokies black bear. Class time will involve topics such as basic black bear information, hiking and camping safety in bear country, threats our black bears face and what we can do about them, and work up and release returning cubs back to the wild. Class time will also include PowerPoint presentations, show-and-tell items, and open class discussions before you join Holt in the Park's backcountry for a moderate hike where you'll search for food sources and possible den sites. With Holt's experience in tracking and interpreting terrain, he'll provide you with the best opportunities to identity bear trails, tracks, scat, and other often-missed signs. Along your hike you will discuss hiking and camping safely in bear country as well as the dos and don'ts of bear encounters.

You must be 18 or older to register for and attend a Smoky Mountain Field School course.

Note: Participants are required to sign an electronic release and assumption of risk form before attending this course.

Student praise for this course: "I really enjoyed the course. Joey was very knowledgeable and gave out some wonderful information on our black bears."


Meet at the Cosby Picnic Pavilion in Cosby, Tennessee.
Fee: $79.00

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Joey Holt

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Joey Holt grew up in the foothills of the Smokies and earned his 900-miler status in 2012. He has been a lover of the outdoors all his life, enjoying activities such as camping and hiking.


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