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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:51

Learn from a Smokies ranger

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From moon phases to Southern sayings, ranger programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer a unique perspective on a unique place all summer long.

A one-hour program on the signs — such as moon phase — that people once used to decide when to plant their gardens will be offered at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Davis House in the Mountain Farm Museum near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The meaning and history behind common Southern sayings — such as “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” — and how they connect to mountain farm life will come to life during the 45-minute program “As papaw used to say…” at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Davis House porch in the Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

Learn about the history of elk in the Smokies and hang around as the large animals come into the fields during a program at 5:30 p.m. Fridays, July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11, at the Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley.

Hear the story of the elk’s return to the Smokies — after more than a century of absence — during the 45-minute program “Welcome Home!” at 4 p.m. Saturdays on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch.

Bring a lawn chair and cup of coffee while a park ranger discusses how fire can benefit forest health during the one-hour program “What Smokey Didn’t Tell You,” offered at 7 p.m. Saturdays in Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop.

All programs are offered weekly through Aug. 12 unless otherwise noted. 828.497.1904.

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