Wilderness Wildlife Week



Time Presentation Title Presenter Presentation Description Location
9:00am-10:00am For 4 Years North Platte Nebraska Became a Family for 6 Million Soldiers in WWII Rosemary Deitzer, Diana Rloenne North Platte Nebraska fed and connected with 6 million soldiers at their railroad depot during WWII. Salon A
9:00am-10:30am Stream Fishing for Small Mouth Bass Greg D. Ward, Rocky Top Outfitter A How-To-class on catching stream small mouth bass locally.  We will cover bait, equipment, and technique. Salon B
9:00am-10:00am Fox Tails! Rhonda Goins, Gail Stout Learn about Red foxes, their behavior, family life and general facts about these sly critters.  Meet a fox and learn about a sanctuary for these beautiful creatures. Salon C
9:00am-10:00am Wild Flowers of Tennessee Jack Carman Wildflowers across the state of Tennessee Falls Room
10:00am-6:00pm Photography Contest Exhibit Event Staff A running digital display of the photography contest entries, and the winning photos! Falls Foyer Balcony
10:00am-6:00pm Exhibits and Vendors Lobby & Salon D
10:00am-11:00am Making Natural Gemstone Earrings LaDonna Twyman Learn how to wire wrap a natural gemstone for a pendant. Parlor A
10:30am-11:30am Look & Touch Wildlife Program Chris Ogle, TWRA This will be an interactive program with preserved wildlife specimens & a live reptile. Salon C
10:30am-11:30am What Makes the Smokies the Most Visited National Park and Ways to Improve It Bill Deitzer, Jay & Sandra Aldrich Discuss why the Smokies are the most visited National Park and ways to improve it. Falls Room
10:30am-11:30am Adventures of Ted and Fred Keep America Beautiful This is a fun interactive lesson that focuses on storm water through a fun adventure of two fish friends traveling downstream. One enjoys a clean stream while the other encounters pollutants along the way. Salon A
11:00am-12:30 pm Stream Fishing for Trout Greg Ward, Rocky Top Outfitter A How To class on catching stream trout from area streams.  Equipment, baits, and techniques will all be discussed. Salon B
12:00-1:00pm Introduction to the Big South Fork Region of TN/Ky Keith Garnes, Craig Johnston An introduction to the Big South Fork and Pickett CCC Memorial State Park’s natural features and points of interest. Falls Room
12:00-1:00pm I Spy with my Eagle Eye: Field Identification of Diurnal Raptors in East Tennessee Dr. Robin Miller, American Eagle Foundation Get ready to spread your wings & dive into the captivating world of raptor identification in the heart of East Tn. This presentation promises a mix of expert insights and a pinch of pun-filled fun, tailored for nesting raptor enthusiasts and fully-fledged eagle experts alike. Salon C
1:00pm-2:30pm Carving and Owl Ornament Don Taylor Wood carving an owl, using a carving knife, using stop cuts, and relief carving.  “Bring your own knife” Parlor A
1:00pm-3:00pm “Painting Nature in Oils” Aurora Harrison Bull Students will paint an 8 x 10 oil painting w/materials provided and following a demonstration. Parlor B
1:00pm-2:00pm Animals in Disguise Nessie O’Neil Young explorers will learn all about the secrets of animal camouflage and mimicry, and they’ll get a chance to put their creativity to the test.  Kids will receive an animal (form) of their choosing and decorate in a way that will help it best to survive in the wild. Salon AB
1:30pm-2:30pm “Growing Up in Pigeon Forge in the 60’s” Butch Helton, Jackie Barnes,  Harriet Barrier, Bill Bradley Panel discussion with Butch Helton as the Moderator. Sharing memories of Pigeon Forge in the 60’s. Question & answer format. Salon C
1:30pm-2:30pm Arches Along the Way Keith Garnes, Craig Johnston A presentation of arches and natural bridges along Tennessee’s trails. Falls Room
2:30pm-3:30pm “Wiley Oakley-Living and Dying in the Smokies” Lew Bolton Wiley’s true tales about the customs and events of daily life and death in the mountains. Salon AB
3:00pm-4:00pm Waterfalls & Natural Features of the GSMNP Keith Garnes, Craig Johnston Waterfalls, overlooks, and natural features of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Salon C
3:00pm-4:00pm Cellphoneography-getting the most from your cellphone’s camera! Colby McLemore Discover the full potential of your cellphone’s camera! Join us for this hands-on presentation that will elevate your photography skills.  Get ready to embark on this thrilling experience and take your wildlife photography to new heights! Falls Room
4:00pm-5:00pm A Cades Cove Wiley Oakley-Uncle Sherman Myers Bernard Myers Gatlinburg had Wiley Oakley who rubbed elbows with the rich and famous…Cades Cove had Daniel Sherman Myers who never got the opportunity…Uncle Sherman got his quick whit from his mother’s Irish ancestors…Never at a loss for a reply to any situation…most of the hilarious! Salon AB
4:30pm-5:30pm Ragman and the Deep Woods Ensemble Joseph Williams & Friends Poetry and music of the Ragman stemming from his life in the mountains.  The poetry and music of the mountains. Falls Room


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