Don’t miss your opportunity to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park during its 75th anniversary in 2009.

Here are the Field School courses schedule for July and August:

July 11

Sensational Salamanders

July 11

Edible & Poisonous Fungi

of the Smokies

July 18

Amphibians & Reptiles

of the Smokies

July 25

Mosses & Liverworts

of the Smokies

July 25

Intro. to Search &

Rescue Management

August 29

Edible & Poisonous Fungi

of Roan Mountain

August 29

Incredible Edibles &

Traditional Medicinals

August 29

Photography for Naturalists

August 30

Intermediate Photography

for Naturalists

Smoky Mountain Field School photo exhibit celebrates National Park's 75th anniversary


Photos by Liz Domingue (above) and three other Field School instructors are featured in a photo exhibit at the UT Conference Center.

The Smoky Mountain Field School will host an opening reception for its new photography exhibit celebrating Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th anniversary from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St.

The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit features 17 photographs taken by Field School instructors Kent Cave, Kendall Chiles, Liz Domingue and Kathy Zachry as well as two historical photographs from the National Park's archives, including one of an animated President Franklin D. Roosevelt who participated in the Park's dedication in 1940.

"Not only are our Field School instructors knowledgeable about the Park, they're also extraordinary photographers," said Dr. Norvel Burkett, assistant provost of the University of Tennessee's Division of University Outreach & Continuing Education. "Their photographs certainly show the beauty and diversity of our great National Park."

"Smoky Mountain Field School: Images from the National Park's 75th Anniversary" will be on display weekdays through the end of December on the fourth floor of the UT Conference Center.

"We're pleased that the University of Tennessee is celebrating the Park's beauty with a photography exhibit," said Dale Ditmanson, superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. "Our educational partnership with the Smoky Mountain Field School allows us to offer enriching opportunities for participants to learn about the resources of the park in an intimate way.

This exhibit will showcase a few of those magnificent resources."

Now in its 31st year, the Smoky Mountain Field School is an educational partnership between the UT's Division of University Outreach & Continuing Education and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cave is a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service, currently serving as the Supervisory Ranger for North District Resource Education in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, brochures, and other materials published by Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Chiles is a freelance nature photographer with more than 20 years of experience. His photos have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and he is a frequent instructor at photography workshops.

Domingue is a naturalist, educator, photographer and writer whose photos have appeared in a variety of books, magazines and brochures.

Zachry, who has more than 50 combined years of backcountry identification and hiking experience with husband Joel, has taught Field School courses since the early 1980s.

Visit for a 2009 course calendar, or call UT Professional & Personal Development at (865) 974-0150 for a free Smoky Mountain Field School catalog.