Smoky Mountain News

• It’s getting harder to find new ways to get outside with more closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

• Earth Day turns 50 on Wednesday, April 22! Celebrate it from home by planting a native tree, shrub, flower or anything else that strikes your fancy. Pick up litter around your neighborhood, build a garden bed or set up a bird box in the backyard. Find more ways to celebrate all month long with WNC For the Planet.

Explore the Smokies from home with the help of teacher naturalists at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

• Welcome spring with the Greening Up the Mountains 5K, this year set up as a virtual event.