Volunteer for Trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Here are a few opportunities to volunteer to help fisheries biologists in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and have a great time along the way. You spend time with people who are experts on Smoky Mountain trout and see some amazing things. We try to set aside a few days each year to help out.

Here is a schedule of some projects where biologists could use some help. A few are simple river clean up days and others involve some hiking and heavy lifting.

Anyone interested in participating in any of these events should call Steve Moore or Matt Kulp at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (865) 436-1250 or (865) 436-1254. You can also email them for information.  Matt_Kulp@nps.gov or  Steve_E_Moore@nps.gov.

Biologists monitor trout populations by stunning them with electro-shockers.

Biologists monitor trout populations by stunning them with electro-shockers.

April 11 – NC Oconaluftee River Clean-Up Day – Meet at Collins Creek picnic area 9:00 AM

April 25 – TN Little River Clean-Up Day – Meet at Metcalf Bottoms picnic area 9:00 AM

May 15 – Collect wild fish for disply tank at TROUTFEST  -  volunteers needed to collect wild fish for TWRA tank

June 1 – 4 Lynn Camp Prong Evaluation  -  Need volunteers to help with electrofishing evaluations

June 8 – 10 Lynn Camp Prong Brook Trout Transplant  – Need volunteers to help collect and transplant brook trout

July 6 – 9 Bear Creek Evaluation  -  re-sample monitoring sites & evaluate brook trout population

August 4 -  Large Stream Sample – Middle Prong Little River – upper Tremont Road; park along road just before Middle Prong trailhead

August 26 – 27 Bunches & Flat Creek Evaluation – High elevation brook trout electrofishing

October 9 Large Stream Sample – East Prong Little River -  Metcalf Bottoms site;  Park at picnic area and walk up road to site