Going Virtual: What You Need to Know About Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge

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Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge is one of the most popular events in the Smokies! Due to the pandemic, the City of Pigeon Forge has decided to make this popular event virtual. Dedicated to entertaining and educating all visitors about the ins and outs of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we want to tell you more about what to expect this year during the virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge:

What is Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge?

Smoky Mountain WildlifeWilderness Wildlife Week is a unique Pigeon Forge event that invites families and guests from all across the country to come to the area once a year to learn more about the history, culture, and nature of what makes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so wonderful.

Some of the performances and presentations typically offered at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge include:

  • Nature Photography Workshop
  • Fly Fishing in the Smokies
  • Nature Writing
  • Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • History of the Smoky Mountains and the Civil War

This year, the event is scheduled for February 2-4, 2021. It is completely free, so anyone can enjoy the events.

What to Expect for the Virtual Event

The Walker Sisters cabin in the Smoky Mountains.Since the Wilderness Wildlife Week is all virtual this year, things will look a little different. Typically, people would gather to listen to the presentations and be able to meet up on nature trails. Instead of getting out in nature and being around other people, you will be able to enjoy a virtual hike through the Smokies. In addition to listening to experts and see virtual hikes, you’ll also be able to listen to music and see artists and craftsmen work.

After each presentation, there will be a period of time afterwards where members of the audience may ask questions and have them answered by the speakers. This is a great way for kids and adults to learn more about nature and the Great Smoky Mountains.

How to Register

You are able to register for all of these events online. You must sign up for each event individually. After you have registered, you will receive an email from the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism with instructions on how to join each webinar at the specified date and time. Keep an eye out because this email could go to your junk folder.

List of Events

Here is the full list of events you can sign up for and enjoy from the comfort of your home:

Time Date Description Link to Register
9:00 am Tuesday, February 2 Though the Mountains Tremble, We Keep Looking Up: Celebrating the Treasures of the Smokies with Ken Jenkins Register Now
10:30 am Tuesday, February 2 Fox Tails: Learn about the Red Fox’s Behaviors, Eating Habits and General Facts Up Close & Personal with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout Register Now
12:00 pm Tuesday, February 2 Virtual Smoky Mountains Field Trip No. 1 Register Now
1:00 pm Tuesday, February 2 Birds of Prey Showcase with the American Eagle Foundation Register Now
2:30 pm Tuesday, February 2 The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier with Robin Goddard Register Now
4:00 pm Tuesday, February 2 All About Bears with Joel & Kathy Zachry Register Now
9:00 am Wednesday, February 3 The Wolves of Bays Mountain: The Lives & Behaviors of Wild, Captive

Gray Wolves with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout

Register Now
10:30 am Wednesday, February 3 Appalachian History and Stories with The Salt Maker Jim Bordwine Register Now
12:00 pm Wednesday, February 3 Live Showcase of Artisans & Crafters Register Now
1:00 pm Wednesday, February 3 The Miracle of Metamorphosis with Stephen Lyn Bales Register Now
2:30 pm Wednesday, February 3 Music of Our American Roots with the Lost Mill String Band Register Now
4:00 pm Wednesday, February 3 Kudzu: Examining Its Effect & Exploring Solutions with Kristine Johnson Register Now
9:00 am Thursday, February 4 Let’s Talk Trash in Bear Country with Joey Holt Register Now
10:30 am Thursday, February 4 American Eagle Foundation’s Raptor Rehabilitation Program: What It Takes to Rehab and Release a Bird of Prey with Nancy Zagaya Register Now
12:00 pm Thursday, February 4 Virtual Smoky Mountains Field Trip No. 2 Register Now
1:00 pm Thursday, February 4 Smoky Mountains Kinfolk: Stories & Songs with Mike & Kathy Gwinn Register Now
2:30 pm Thursday, February 4 Bobcat Tails: Learn Bobcat Facts & Behaviors Up Close & Personal with

Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout

Register Now
4:00 pm Thursday, February 4 Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring True Story of the Woman

Who Saved the Appalachian Trail with Ben Montgomery & special guest

Anne Van Curen (portraying Grandma Gatewood)

Register Now

The Wilderness Wildlife Week is a great event to attend, even if it’s virtual! Want to know what else is happening in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies? Check out our Pigeon Forge Events Calendar.


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