What Goes Bump in the Night? - Night Awareness for Families 3/4

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Saturday June 15

7:30 PM  –  9:30 PM

MESSAGE FOR MEMBERS: Your Great Smoky Mountains Association membership entitles you to a $15 discount on Branch Out and Hiking 101 programs. Already registered and need to sign in to join this event? Click HERE. Haven't registered your email yet? Click HERE.

Guide: Wanda DeWaard

Meeting Location: Metcalf Bottoms picnic area at the one-lane bridge.

Our third of four family adventures will be a group stroll into the woods to experience how the landscape changes under the cover of night.
During our evening in the Smokies, There may be different sounds, smells and even bioluminescence as we move quietly about. We  will be encouraged to listen to the sounds of the night, looking for nocturnal, winged hunters and insects.
While we are out, we'll discuss night awareness tips and use our senses to explore the natural world in the dark. 
This is a great way for parents, teachers and caregivers 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 States 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.
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!