April 27 – May 1, 2011 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: http://www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org/
On-site registration begins April 26 at 5:00 PM in the Mills Auditorium in GATLINBURG TN.
This winter has been brutal, but now you can look forward to spring in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as the wildflowers rise above the snow and emerge for another grand display of color. Join us in the GSMNP at the 61st Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage April 27-May 1, 2011. We have a full schedule of programs with many new events.
Packet pick-up and On-site registration begin Tuesday Evening (April 26th) from 5:00-9:00 pm. The first full day of events begins Wednesday morning. This year’s luncheon and Wednesday evening speaker is J. D. Sutton who will present a portrait of William Bartram, the 18th century American naturalist. The Thursday night speaker is Scott Dean, a naturalist from Western NC who will present a talk, “Appalachian Spring”, and on Friday evening, Kelby Ouchley, wildlife biologist and author of Flora and Fauna of the Civil War will discuss his new book.
Work that caused last year’s road closures within and around the park area has been completed.
Last year there were spectacular displays of native wildflowers and beautiful weather. The cold winter and late developing spring weather in this area have been very favorable for another exceptional wildflower display this year. Enjoy the splendor of this magnificent park and your conversations with the leaders and staff of the Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.