Smokies seeking volunteers to assist park visitors

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Smokies seeking volunteers to assist park visitors

Postby Todd » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:02 pm

Smokies seeking volunteers to assist park visitors

Associated Press
Posted April 15, 2013 at 4:16 a.m.

A ribbon is cut to officially open the renovated Sugarlands Visitors Center Friday in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wielding the oversized scissors at center are Great Smoky Mountains Association Executive Director Terry Maddox, left, Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, and Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart. (Robert Wilson/Special to the News Sentinel)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to assist park visitors.

The volunteers will inform visitors about park rules such as not disturbing wildlife. They will also provide historical information and advice on the best areas for viewing things like the fall leaf colors.

When elk are in the fields, the volunteers will help staff with traffic management.

Volunteers will rove the River Trail, the Mountain Farm Museum and fields along Newfound Gap Road.

The volunteer positions will be available from now through November 9.

Anyone interested in volunteering is required to attend a training session on April 26 at the old park visitor center near Cherokee, N.C.

More information is available at (828) 497-1904.
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