OAK Event: Naturalist Ramble - Trees of the Smokies

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Sunday September 8

9:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Join award-winning author, and retired GSMA staffer, Steve Kemp for an educational exploration through a variety of habitats focusing on tree identification in the Great Smokies. We will begin to understand how observing the multiple characteristics of our surrounding environment can often lead to stronger identification skills and an understanding of our natural areas. 

Activity Rating: Moderate-to-Strenuous: A medium-impact outdoor experience for those who are comfortable with physical exertion in spurts or for longer periods of time. Distances: 4 - 8 miles maximum. Setting: Hike on rolling or mountainous trails with some steep ascents/descents. Expect elevation gain and loss. Participants could encounter hazards such as exposed roots and rocks, insects and snakes and water crossings by foot. Learn more about our activity ratings HERE.

Mileage for this Event: 4 miles maximum. 

What To Bring: A backpack with plenty of water and food for your comfort. We also recommend sturdy trail shoes, all-weather gear, your favorite GSMA publications. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.

Meeting Location: At Porters Creek Trailhead in the Greenbrier area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Download digital version of Great Smoky Mountains Trail Map.

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Member Fee: $20. Please sign in above or use the register link if you have not yet registered your membership. Your membership discount will be applied at the time of check out. 

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