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Now education branch chief for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Susan Sachs has worked in the Smokies for the past 20 years, collaborating with scientists, teachers and students to spread appreciation of the park’s vast cultural resources. Read more

Outdoors

Forget the days of stuffy museums with ropes to keep the hands of little visitors from getting too close. Today, many museums are geared for kids of all ages with interactive play, colorful exhibits, and rich opportunities for hands-on learning. Read more

Take Better Nature Photos

Caleb Carlton Photo

Discover a school or program where you can unplug from your typical routine and unleash your inner mountain master. Read more

Art+Music

Blacksmithing

John C. Campbell Folk School Photo

The “School of Appalachia” isn’t a single place. It’s an open invitation to retreat into the mountains to think, to learn, to collaborate, and to create. Read more

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Shortly after I became Smoky Mountain Living’s managing editor, I also took a teaching job at the local community college. I struggle to find the words to express how much it meant to me. My students all were at the lowest end of the spectrum. Read more

Stories

Building the basics

Becky Johnson photo

When Samantha Crowe-Hernandez packs her three young children into the car for a Sunday afternoon visit with their great- grandparents, she’s bearing a special gift—a living testament to the Cherokee people’s resilience. Read more

Stories

Ranger Jay

SML photo

While most national parks serve as conduits for science, the Smokies is a window on history as well. Churches, schools, general stores, lumber camps, grist mills, farms and homes once filled the valleys and hollers that now constitute the Park. Read more

Outdoors

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For eighth-graders in one western North Carolina county, science class means getting your hands wet and mucking around in streams and creeks. It’s called Kids in the Creek, a hands-on water quality education program that works with middle schoolers. Read more

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