Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to experience ‘SmokiEEEs @ Home’ during National Park Week. This new website at www.smokieees.org features videos and activities that highlight the three Es in SmokiEEEs: Explore, Entertain and Escape.
“During this time of uncertainty when the park is closed and most people are confined to their homes, we hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to virtually experience the Smokies,” Superintendent Cassius Cash said.
While at home, students can journey to the Smokies through a variety of online park experiences. Parent resources and video content provide families an opportunity to take Ranger-led ‘Parks as Classrooms’ virtual field trips and adventures led by Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Discover Life in America staff.
SmokiEEE’s digital experiences are divided into three categories: Explore gets kids outside to see what they can discover in their own neighborhood. Entertain gives students a fun, creative opportunity to open their eyes and ears to the sounds and sights of nature to celebrate the Smokies and the art it inspires. Escape offers students a virtual escape to the Smokies for a quiet, captivating moment.
These opportunities were created in collaboration with Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Discover Life in America, Great Smoky Mountains Association and in partnership with Friends of the Smokies.
The park is also celebrating National Park Week on social media platforms through April 26, and favorite memories from park users will be shared throughout the week. A special limited-time park ranger emoji will appear with the use of #NationalParkWeek and #FindYourPark hashtags, in addition to #FindYourVirtualPark and #EncuentraTuParque on Twitter.
For more online activities, visit the National Park Service at www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/find-your-virtual-park.htm.