Critters found in the wild will be “demystified” for those who join Great Smoky Mountains Association’s Misunderstood Animals of the Smokies program from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Comfort Inn in Sylva.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding communities contain some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East. These areas serve as sanctuaries for a wide variety of animals. Participants will meet a few misunderstood animals face-to-face. This indoor presentation is suitable for children of all ages.

Because most programs include participation limits, registration is required at or by phone at 865-436-7318, ext. 349.

Great Smoky Mountains Association-sponsored Branch Out events are designed to enhance greater public understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the national park. A national park partner, GSMA has provided more than $44 million to support the park’s educational, scientific and historical programs since its inception 66 years ago.