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Up close with the Smokies

out experienceThe Experience Your Smokies program is looking for applicants who want to get an insider’s look at park operations while getting some exploration into their lives as well.

Participants will attend five full-day sessions in locations throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They’ll accompany park employees in activites ranging from wetland restoration to fish surveys to trail work. 

“If you have ever wanted to be a park ranger or get a behind the scenes look at what goes on in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this is your opportunity,” said acting park Superintendent Clayton Jordan.  

Sessions will be held Tuesdays, March 17, March 24, April 14 and April 28, and Saturday, May 9. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 27 and can be accessed at or by calling 828.452.0720. The $50 cost goes toward program administration and materials. 

The program is a collaboration of GSMNP, Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Association. 

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