Wilderness Wildlife Week™

Start Date: Jan 25, 2022
End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Wilderness Wildlife Week Returns in 2022!

Join us as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains. We’ll be inviting some of the leading wildlife experts to lead informative discussions with you. This is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about nature.

Showcasing what makes the Smokies so special, Wilderness Wildlife Week celebrates the abundance of wildlife, variety of plants, trees, and wildflowers, and rich history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee through a series of classes, seminars, demonstrations, guided hikes, panel discussions, and workshops.

Free and open to the public, Wilderness Wildlife Week features a wide range of programs and activities for children and adults. Guided hikes range in difficulty from easy to challenging, and different classes are geared towards beginners or advanced students in the different topics.

Along with the classes, workshops, and guided hikes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge will feature vendor booths in an exhibit hall. Visitors can browse booths with photography, local art, handmade goods, and more.

2022 Details

Click the links below to learn more about the following topics:

Daily Scheduled (Updated January 21)

Pre-Registration Session Instructions & Passport Explorer Program

Smokies Through the Lenses Photography Contest

Outdoor Excursions Descriptions (Updated January 24)

Outdoor Excursions Sign-Up Procedures

Meet the Experts

Exhibitor Listings and Map

2022 Event Sponsors

Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays

Join us online for Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Wednesday every Wednesday in January for free virtual programs from some of your favorite Wilderness Wildlife Week speakers. Click here to view all Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Wednesday videos.

The dates for these online sessions are:

  • January 5
  • January 12
  • January 19
  • January 26

For those who missed our virtual sessions in 2021, you can check them out on the Wilderness Wildlife Week Playlist on our YouTube Channel. Click the ‘Watch Now’ links to view sessions individually.

2022 Event Sponsors


Start Date: Jan 25, 2022
End Date: Jan 29, 2022
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863