Smokies …this is the place to experience BIODIVERSITY!

  Why go to the Smokies? If you are into plants and animals (flora & fauna) this is the place.  Being a temperate rain-forest the span of elevations makes this place so diverse it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of species.  Follow the link below to see the 18,200 species to date which there are over 931 NEW to SCIENCE!

Smokies Species Tally | Discover Life in America.

If you would like some help discovering this abundant life contact the good folks at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.

Tardigrades Rule – Water Bear

 NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education

iLabs: Catch of the Day — Water Bear | NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog.

These waterbears are awesome that GSMIT for yet another fascination to add to the long list you have introduced to me.  Still wearing my Tardigrada T-Shirt proudly!

Love the water piglet name!!

Way to go NC Museum of Natural Sciences

This is real! A must see…

America’s Great Outdoors,   #GSMNP

Never visited the southern Appalachians in the fall?  This is just one of the many reasons why.

Make sure you pick a peak spot for color check the Fall Color Report from Visit NC


Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont – Our Naturalist’s sanctuary.

Intro to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont – YouTube.


If you have not been to the Great Smoky Mountains my grandmother would tell you “this is a place where you see the hand of God at work”.

As a native, Tennessean our naturalist was born and raised visiting these mountains.  She went to Tremont in Sixth grade with her elementary school and return a couple of decades later to get her Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certificate.