Weekend Plans That Are For The Birds

Looking for something to do in the Smokies that celebrates the area’s natural setting and would also be fun for the whole family? Then consider signing up for this Saturday’s Bird Watching In Cades Cove program, presented by the Great Smokies Institute at Tremont.

There’s no better birding in the park than in Cades Cove on a spring morning. Join Tremont Citizen Science Coordinator Tiffany Beachy for a stroll through various habitat types looking and listening for these enchanting forest jewels.

Those interested in participating will need sturdy walking shoes, water and curiosity about the natural world. Bring binoculars or feel free to borrow a pair from the Tremont folks. The cost is $18 per person, but since time is short, we recommend calling ahead for details soon.

You’ll find more info at www.gsmit.org/calendar.html. There you’ll find a calendar of all upcoming events at the institute, which is located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They have day programs and overnight/multi-night programs for children and adults, all dedicated to exploring and preserving native wildlife. Overnight programs usually include accommodations and meals.

For the purposes of the bird-watching program, however, we suggest staying in one of our Wears Valley cabins, and you’ll be conveniently located near the national park and have easy access to Tremont.

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