Phenology training

NPS photo

Spring came to the Southeast three weeks early this year, and a burgeoning citizen science effort in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park aims to put a bead on whether seasonal patterns are shifting for good. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Bear cub in the Smokies


Spring means bear cubs in the Smokies. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Early summer, a couple of years ago, I arrived in these mountains. Typically the season of fresh starts, spring was to close out my first year here. I ended up traveling much of March, and, upon my return to Asheville, the fullness of April washed ov more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Blog


U.S. Fish & Wildlife photo

As the bare canopy of Eastern deciduous forests allows the sun to shine through and warm the fecund earth each spring, ephemerals push through the leaf litter toward the sun, and the grays and browns of the forest floor erupt in color. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Cataloochee Valley

Cheryl Allagood

The petulant weather of late Winter brings with it the promise of gentler days ahead. Here, our readers share some of their fondest memories from warmer days. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

I haven’t received a decent love letter in years. Before readers assume I have just thrown my husband under the bus, let me clarify. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


Cherokee NC photo

By late April, we trust you’ve tiptoed into the woods, maybe under cover of darkness, pinched your nose with one hand and, fast as a rabbit, harvested your secret ramp stash using the other. more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Mount Rogers

Holly Kays photo

Equipped with a school backpack, which was jerry-rigged with bungee cords to attach half of a tent and a 1980s-era sleeping bag of questionable warmth, I wore sporting jeans, sneakers, a long-sleeve tee and a cotton hoodie. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Each year before spring gives up to summer, I make a new list of promises to myself. Those pledges, unfortunately, usually fall by the wayside, like petals from spring trilliums on a forest floor. more

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM Blog