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Wilderness Wildlife Week™

Jan 25
Jan 29

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.

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 Smokies Through the Lens Photography Contest Winners

The Smokies Through the Lens Photography Contest is part of the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week event that takes place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Best of Show Ribbon is awarded to the image deemed to have the best overall quality while representing the spirit and wildlife found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a look at the 2022 winners of the Smokies Through the Lens photo contest.

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Jan 25
Jan 29


The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center
3230 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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