Waterfalls & Wildflowers

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Saturday April 6

9:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Guide: Liz Domingue

Meeting location: Porters Creek Trailhead - Located 4 miles from US 321 East Parkway - Gatlinburg, TN 

Take a hike along one of the most popular trails in the Smokies for wildflower viewing and identification with professional naturalist Liz Domingue. 
 
First, Porters Creek Trail takes us past locations of cultural significance. A cemetery, homesite, farmstead and hiking cabin. When the trail narrows and we cross the newly constructed log footbridge, we'll be stepping into a moist, sheltered cove of yellow buckeye trees and wildflowers carpeting the ground between them. This is the time that our guide, Liz Domingue will share her knowledge and answer your questions about plant identification using examples like trilliums, fringed phacelia, spring-beauty and many, many more. Once we arrive at our turn-around point, Fern Falls, we'll break for a snack and more conversation about the cultural and natural history of the area. 
 
Mileage: 2 miles maximum
Activity Level: Easy to moderate.
 
What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort, comfortable walking shoes, your favorite field guide, and something to take notes with, we also recommend that you dress in layers and bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.
 
About our guide: Expert naturalist Liz Domingue is there to guide you, keep you safe, and help you gain an understanding of the natural history and ecology of the area. Liz has over 25 years of experience as a naturalist, educator, wildlife biologist, photographer, and writer. She received her M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Florida in 1995 and her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University in 1987. She is trained in CPR and is certified by The National Registry as a Wilderness First Responder. 
 
Questions about joining this event? Call 436.7318 extension 349 or email Dana Murphy.
 
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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