Sierra Club: Synchronous Fireflies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We will be going to Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see the famous synchronous fireflies. We will have options to carpool to this event. Please rsvp for more details. For natural history information about the fireflies see the Park website: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/fireflies.htm

Sierra Club: Canoes, Fishing and Picnic

Clark Center Park 7620 Bull Bluff Rd., Knoxville, TN, United States

Picnic with swimming, canoeing, hiking and fishing on the banks of Melton Hill Reservoir.

Sierra Club: Canoe Trip

Seven Islands State Park 2809 Kelly Ln., Kodak, TN, United States

Sierra Club: Monarch Butterfly Tagging at Cades Cove

Cades Cove

Saturday, September 17th from 10 am to 2 pm. We’ll spend a relaxing afternoon in the open fields of Cades Cove, one of the most beautiful spots in the Smokies. On this outing join butterfly experts from the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, to learn about Monarch Butterfly migration and catch and tag butterflies that are migrating through the area.

Sierra Club: Spruce Flats Falls Hike

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Let’s get ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with a little exercise - a hike to a waterfall in the Smokies. This is one of the least well-kept secrets in the Smokies. This 2 mile round trip hike to a beautiful waterfall begins at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont and passes by places of historical and geological interest. We travel through several forest types to eat lunch by a 60-foot waterfall.

Sierra Club: Ripley Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, United States

RSVP deadline Dec 30th. We will then have plenty of time to tour the many parts of the aquarium – Ocean Realm, Shark Lagoon, Touch a Ray Bay, Tropical Forest, Coral Reef, Discovery Center, and Penguin Playhouse – and to take in the live shows. To answer any questions you may have about visiting the aquarium see their frequently asked questions website at https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/faq/

Sierra Club: Disc Golf

Inskip Pool Youth Disc Golf Course 4204 Bruhin Road, Knoxville, TN, United States

This will be a relaxing afternoon playing one of the fastest-growing outdoor sports, especially among young people. Don’t worry if you have never played the game. If you can toss a Frisbee you can have fun playing this game. We will supply discs for everyone to use and practice throwing them. We’ll learn the mechanics and rules of disc golf and spend some time playing a round or two on the 9-basket Inskip Course that was specially built for youth to learn to play.

Sierra Club: Zoo Knoxville Visit

Zoo Knoxville 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr., Knoxville, TN, United States

Saturday, March 25th. Time TBD. More details coming soon!

Sierra Club: Bicycle Ride

Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area 3140 McClure Ln, Knoxville, TN, United States

Saturday, May 20th from 1-4 pm. A bicycle ride at Forks of the River Wildlife Management area is always a great outside activity. We’ll spend some time walking through fields of sunflowers in addition to riding. If you have binoculars bring them to to look at the many birds and butterflies that live in these fields and nearby forests.

Sierra Club: Bicycle Ride

Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area 3140 McClure Ln, Knoxville, TN, United States

A bicycle ride at Forks of the River Wildlife Management area is always a great outside activity. We’ll spend some time walking through fields of sunflowers in addition to riding. If you have binoculars bring them to look at the many birds and butterflies that live in these fields and nearby forests.