Sierra Club: Monarch Butterfly Tagging at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saturday, October 7th 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.

October: S.T.A.G.E Club

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Knoxville Office 1100 Marion Street, Suite #100, Knoxville, TN, United States

Tuesday, October 10th. Halloween Party! Join us from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Matches can join us for a Halloween Party featuring pumpkin carving/painting, Halloween games, and Halloween cookie decorating! Be sure to dress up in your favorite costumes: Best costume wins a prize!

Sierra Club: Ropes Course at Maryville College

Maryville College 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN, United States

Saturday, November 4th. Time TBD. We'll take on the Mountain Challenge program at Maryville College.

2023 Holiday Party

Regal Riviera 510 S Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, United States

We are partnering with Variety Children’s Charity to invite our matches and Little’s families! This event will be on December 2nd at Regal Riviera, 510 S Gay Street, Knoxville, TN and begins at 8:45am. Please RSVP to Rebecca Davis by filling out this form, no later than November 12th: There will be breakfast, gifts, a visit from Santa, and the Movie, Trolls Band Together! This will be a great time and we can't wait to see you all there! If you have any questions, please reach out to For more information, click here to view the event flyer.

Holiday Yoga Class for BBBS Family!

Renegade Yoga Center 516 Renford Road, Knoxville, TN, United States

Come destress and relax before the Holiday Season by doing some beginners yoga! This is Holiday themed, so it is sure to be jolly! This free class is offered to our BBBS Parents and Caregivers, as well as Bigs. RSVP and we hope to see you all there! If there are any additional attendees, please email

December S.T.A.G.E Club

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Knoxville Office 1100 Marion Street, Suite #100, Knoxville, TN, United States

Matches, come join us to make a holiday ornament! We will have clear fillable ornaments, other small holiday crafts, music, and treats! This could be a great gift for a family member, or yourself! This event will be at our BBBS office on Tuesday, December 12th, from 5:30pm-7pm.

Sierra Club: Lost Sea Caverns

The Lost Sea Adventure 140 Lost Sea Rd., Sweetwater, TN, United States

Lost Sea adventure begins with a guided tour of the caverns ( This involves a ¾ mile round-trip walk on wide sloping pathways. We will be taking the Flashlight Tour that takes us into one of the darker corners of the cave for a real caving experience (please bring flashlights.). Along the way, we will learn cool history about the cave!

Sierra Club: Ripley’s Aquarium

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

Join us at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies! Everyone will meet at the ticket entrance at 12:15, finalize our group tickets, and get inside in time to experience the Penguin Parade at 1:15. 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.

March Madness Party

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Knoxville Office 1100 Marion Street, Suite #100, Knoxville, TN, United States

Come join us to celebrate the kick-off of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament! There will be games, activities, and dinner provided by Moe's Southwest Grill! PLUS, each group will have the opportunity to fill out a bracket, and the most accurate bracket by the end of the tournament will win a $50 visa gift card! This event is a drop-in style, so feel free to come anytime between 5:30-7:30pm. Matches and Little's families are both welcome to this event, but there is limited space! Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible! If you aren't entirely sure how the NCAA Men's Basketball Bracket/Tournament works, no worries, our staff will help you! RSVP:

Sierra Club: Zoo Knoxville Visit with Educational Program

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

The visit will start with a special zoo encounter provided by the Zoo Knoxville Education Team. After that, the matches are free to take in the various zoo exhibits at their own pace.

April: S.T.A.G.E Club

Knox Esports 106 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN, United States

Night at Knox Esports to play video games! *Video Game ratings will be based on rating with BBBS policy*

Sierra Club: Appalachian Bear Rescue Tour and Walker Sisters Home

Appalachian Bear Rescue Visitor and Education Center 121 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend, TN, United States

We will start the day at the Appalachian Bear Rescue Visitor and Education Center located in Townsend. Here we will learn about black bears and how we can co-exist with them. Then we will travel to the nearby Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse in the Great Smoky Mountains where we will eat lunch and see what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse nearly 100 years ago. We will take a 1-mile walk (2 mile round trip) to the Walker Sister's home.