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Discover Life in America to host October Science at Sugarlands

On Friday, May 17, DLIA will host a Science at Sugarlands event in coordination with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Science at Sugarlands is a reoccurring event that falls on the third Friday of each month May through October. Each month DLIA brings a regional scientist or researcher in to give a talk about their research and increase awareness of the biodiversity around us. This month Janet Rock, retired Park Botanist, joins us to discuss Wildflowers of the Smokies! This event is free to the public and family friendly.

1 PM – 3 PM
The third Friday each month (May thru October)

Sugarlands Visitor Center
1420 Little River Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Other Upcoming Science at Sugarlands Dates:
May through October 2019

Friday, MAY 17, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Wildflowers: Gems of the Smokies
Janet Rock, retired Botanist, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Friday, JUNE 21, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Restoring fish to the Smokies’ most diverse stream
Pat Rakes, Co-founder & Director, Conservation Fisheries

Friday, JULY 19, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and its work in the Smokies
WP “Bill” Martin, Field Operations Manager, NEON-Battelle Ecology

Friday, AUGUST 16, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Appalachian Balds: ecological enigma & conservation dilemma
Jesse Webster, Forester, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Friday, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Burning questions: why are plant-soil microbiome interactions important & how does the Chimney Tops fire affect this ecological internet?
Kendall Beals, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

Friday, OCTOBER 18, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Lichens of the Smokies revealed
James Lendemer, Assistant Curator, New York Botanical Garden
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DLiA’s mission is to discover, understand, and conserve biological diversity. DLiA’s flagship project, the ATBI (All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory), is a joint effort with the National Park System to identify and understand every species within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To date, DLiA has helped add over 10,000 species to the inventory of life in the park, 1,005 which are new to science. For more information, you may visit,,, and

Published May 14, 2019

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