64th Annual Wildflower Event Officially Kicks Off Spring Season

yellow wildflowers

yellow wildflowersFrom bears to wildflowers, the Great Smoky Mountains are finally waking up and blooming after a long winter. In celebration of another spectacular mountain spring, the 64th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is scheduled with exciting topics including photography, ecology, culture and wildlife.

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Schedule just as the spring colors are most vivid, the week-long Gatlinburg event runs from April 15 through April 19 with a variety of indoor presentations and guided walks. Participants can enjoy art classes, history walks, photographic tour and wildlife viewing with professional naturalists, educators, botanical experts and National Park staff. Those leading the Pilgrimage will give participants an expert’s perspective at wildflower plants, ferns, fauna and wildlife.

Where will the Wildflower Pilgrimage be located?

Of the 146 scheduled programs, 132 will be held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The other 14 educations classroom sessions will be held at the W. L. Mills Conference Center or the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

W.L. Mills Conference Center

Historic Nature Trail

Gatlinburg, TN

blue flower in grassHow can I participate in the event?

Those who want to attend one or more days of the Gatlinburg event can register online until April 11. Those who don’t register online can register on-site at the W.L. Mills Conference Center starting at 5:00pm on April 15.

On-site registration times are below.

April 15  5:00pm-9:00pm

April 16-18  5:00pm-7:30pm

April 19  7:00am-Noon

How much does the Gatlinburg event cost?

One Day

Adults $50.00

Students $15.00

Children (under 12) Free

Two or More Days

Adults $75.00

Students $15.00

Children (under 12) Free

Are there any free sessions?

There will be evening sessions that are free to the public. Each free event is listed below.

April 16

7:0pm – 8:30pm   From Rugs to Hugs, My Adventures with Bears

April 17

5:00pm – 7:15pm   Smokies Life Magazine Reception and Celebration

6:30pm – 7:15pm   Children’s Book Signing by Mary Priestley and Doris Gove

7:30pm – 8:30pm   Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Smoke?

April 18

7:00pm – 7:15pm   Photography Awards Ceremony

6:45pm – 7:15pm   Book Signing by Alan Weakley, Eugene Wofford and Ron Jones

7:30pm – 8:30pm   Biogeography and Flora of the Southern Blue Ridge

Ready to plan your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains? The Highlands Condos in Gatlinburg invites you to stay in one of our spacious condo units overlooking the mountain peaks and city lights. We offer a variety of inclusive amenities, including indoor and outdoor pool access, hot tubs and private balconies in each unit. Call Highlands at (877) 877-1377 to speak to a reservationist to get your vacation planning started today.

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