Published On: Mon, Jul 9th, 2012

Annual Biodiversity hike to Mt. Le Conte

     Ever wonder what it would be like to stay overnight at the highest inn in the Eastern United States? How about doing so with a guided hike up one of Mount Le Conte’s most scenic trails? Join Discover Life in America for all this and more on our annual Biodiversity Hike to Mt. Le Conte on Aug. 24-25. 

     Discover Life in America (DLIA) works with scientists and volunteers from around the world to coordinate the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) for Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). The ATBI is one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to document and understand every living species in GSMNP, and it is through events like our annual hike to Mt. Le Conte that we hope to educate anybody interested in the importance of biodiversity to both this great park and the greater humankind.

     The trip begins with a guided hike up Alum Cave Bluff Trail with an experienced guide giving the natural history, local human history, biodiversity lessons and much more along the way. We’ll be having a picnic lunch on the way up, an evening sunset program on the ATBI at Clifftops, and a chance to meet some new friends while learning a thing or two. You’ll be provided with handmade note cards from DLIA, and lodging with dinner and breakfast. All this for the price of $275 per person, and you will be supporting both DLIA and the Smokies ATBI program.

     Reserve your spot now while spots are still open! For reservations or more information, e-mail Todd at todd@dlia.org or call (865) 430-4757. Sleeping arrangements will be shared, so bring or friend or get ready to make a new one!

– Discover Life in America

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