Friday, April 21, 2017

27th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week Pigeon Forge 2017

May 9-13, 2017
Leconte Center , Pigeon Forge

A week long celebration of the Smoky Mountains featuring guides hikes, classes, history, art and music. From educational programs designed specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for the more adventurous folks, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests.

This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the LeConte Center.

Outdoor Excursions Schedule May 9 – 13, 2017 
Tuesday, May 9 (Sign-ups at 9 AM on Tuesday in Greenbrier Hall A) 11 AM – 3 PM: Bush Beans Bus Tour – Steve Lutes 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Andrews Bald: Keith Garnes – 3.5 Miles – Moderate Noon – 5 PM: Little River/ Cucumber Gap/Jakes Creek – George Owen – 4.5 Miles – Easy/Moderate 
Wednesday, May 10 (Sign-ups at 6 PM on Tuesday in Greenbrier Hall A) 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM:  LeConte Center Riverwalk Birding Safari – Keith Watson – 1 Mile – Easy 7:30 AM – 5 PM: AT to Charlies Bunion – George Owen – 10.5 Miles – Moderate/Strenuous 7:30 AM – 5 PM: Alum Cave to LeConte – Wildland Trekking – 11 Miles – Moderate/Strenuous 8 AM – 3:30 PM: Behind the Scenes Cades Cove Tour – Mike Meldrum – 3 Miles – Easy 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Forney Steam Engine – Mark Snyder – 3.8 Miles – Moderate 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Sugarlands Cemetery – Joey Holt – 5.5 Miles – Moderate 10 AM – 4 PM:  American Eagle Foundation/Bush Beans Bus Trip – Norm Kallemeyn  

Thursday, May 11 (Sign-ups at 6 PM on Tuesday in Greenbrier Hall A) 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Seven Islands State Park Birding Safari – Keith Watson – 3 Miles – Easy  7:30 AM – 4 PM: Grotto Falls/Brushy Mountain – Wildland Trekking Company – 6.8 Miles - MS 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM: AT/Road Prong – Jeremy Lloyd – 7.2 Miles – Moderate/Strenuous 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Photo Safari of the Smokies – Colby McLemore – Easy 8:30 AM – 4 PM: Andrews Bald – George Owen – 6.5 Miles – Moderate/Strenuous 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM: To the Jumpoff – Mark Snyder – 7 Miles – Moderate/Strenuous 11 AM – 4 PM: American Eagle Foundation/Bush Beans/Dolly Bus Trip – Kathy Gwinn  2 PM – 5 PM: History of Pigeon Forge Bus Tour – Ron Rader 7:15 PM – 11 PM: Cades Cove Loop – Mike Meldrum – 2.5 Miles – Easy/Moderate
Local Photographer Featured at Wilderness Wildlife Week
Pigeon Forge, TN. Eric Gebhart  is the photographer we use here at the Lodge for all of our weddings and photography needs. He is the best!
Wilderness Wildlife Week is Pigeon Forge's premier, springtime outdoor lifestyle event. It includes a series of talks, walks, workshops and informative exhibits about the wonders of The Great Smoky Mountains.
This year a new exhibit, In the Shadow of The Smokies will feature Smoky Mountain arts, crafts historical displays and other goods highlighting the people who grew up in The Smokies and the lasting legacy they have left.
The exhibit will also showcase panoramic images of The Smokies by Eric Gebhart. Mr. Gebhart is a nature and landscape photographer who has lived in Sevier County since 2004. He endeavors to initiate the viewers of his work to make a connection with the natural world around them.
Gebhart is best know for his breathtaking, large format, photographic prints of The Smoky Mountains and Southern Appalachia. Fifteen prints up to 4x8 feet in size with such fine detail that viewers feel as if they are a part of the scene will be on display.
Come join in the fun and get back to nature during this week long celebration of outdoor fun. Make sure you tell Eric we said hello! See you soon!

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