The Great Smoky Mountains Association announced today the dates and schedule for the 61st Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.
This year's Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, which will take place on April 26 - May 1, 2011, is a five day event that will offer 141 professionally guided walks and indoor presentations which explore the region’s rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology, cultural and natural history.
Most programs are conducted on the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while indoor offerings will be held in the Mills Conference Center and the Sugarlands Training Room in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. All programs will be held rain or shine.
This year's Pilgrimage will also include a photography contest. The four categories included in the contest are:
* Flora (flowers, trees, shrubs, & other plant life)
* Fauna (insects, animals)
* Youth Produced (must be applicable to Flora, Fauna or Landscape and produced by a photographer who has not reached 18 years of age at time of entry.)
For more information, including details on all the programs, hikes and walks, please click here.