KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a 62-year tradition, is this week in the Smoky Mountains.
The event, sponsored by the University of Tennessee, includes 134 guided walks and indoor presentations covering the region's rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology and cultural and natural history. One hundred fifteen pilgrimage leaders are specialists in mosses, ferns, wildflowers, fungi, birds, bears, bats, wild hogs, salamanders and more.
The event also features a photography contest, art exhibition at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, a native plant sale and numerous exhibitors at the registration site at the M.L. Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg.
The activities are Wednesday through Saturday.