Be an Animal Track Detective! A Family Friendly Adventure 2/4

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Saturday May 18

10:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Guide: Wanda DeWaard

Meeting Location: Abrams Falls Trail parking area - Cades Cove, Tennessee

Leave the distractions of daily life behind and escape to the woods for GSMA's second of four family-friendly adventures in the Smoky Mountains.

Animal tracking isn't just for survivalists, naturalists or an ancient survival skill. Tracking is a focus that enables us to be more aware, to experience and see much more in the outdoor environment. We don't need to see the animals to know their stories - there are many clues for when they here and what they were doing. We will learn their stories from the traces they have left behind.
 
Slow down, look closer and accept the challenge of tracking in the Smokies. You'll be surprised by what you find!

This is a great way for parents, teachers and anyone who wants to share and explore the natural world with young minds.
 
Mileage: 1.5 miles maximum
 
Activity Level: Easy. Expect to be walking on uneven surfaces with trip hazards such as exposed roots and rocks.
 
What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort and comfortable walking shoes. We recommend that you bring something to take notes with, and dress in layers, bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and hiking sticks may be helpful as well.
 
About our Guide: Wanda DeWaard is an outdoor educator who has shared Environmental Awareness and Earth Kinship with community groups, schools, camps, environmental centers and teacher conferences since 1974. She has directed youth and family programs all over the United Staes as well as in Canada and Germany. Currently, Wanda works as an outdoors program consultant and freelance educator in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding communities.
 
Program proceeds are used to support GSMA's mission to support the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the National Park System by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation and research. Thank YOU!
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