Wilderness Wildlife Week

The 20th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is almost here already!  It will take place January 9-16, 2010, at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge and at locations throughout the park.

The event will offer 175+ lectures, seminars, and workshops; 50+ hikes and tours; and Smoky Mountain music at AppalachiaFest (taking place at Music Road on Wednesday, January 13th).  The complete class listing has been posted here, and there are sessions for both kids and adults.    Topics cover everything from the flora, fauna, and geology of the area to photography helps, musical performance, and the history and culture of the region.  A complete list of planned hikes, including hike ratings, is posted here.

Plan time to explore the exhibitors‘ booths, too, including non-profit organizations and retail businesses, and take in a basket-making or blacksmithing demonstration.  This year, award-winning cowboy cook and storyteller Kent Rollins will be giving demonstrations and classes in Dutch oven cooking.

This eight-day celebration of all things outdoors is packed with interest and fun for all who attend.  All events (except AppalachiaFest) are offered free of charge.  It’s a great way to start your winter!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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