2020 Virtual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage iNaturalist Event

LET’S HOLD AN ONLINE EVENT! As spring is progressing all around us, it is hard not to really miss the fellowship with each other and with nature that our annual spring pilgrimage gives us.  Therefore, we have decided to hold an online version of our event through the iNaturalist app.  We will not limit this year’s event to the confines of the GSMNP (the GSMNP is currently closed)nor is it ever limited to just wildflowers as the 70-year old name suggests, but instead we will expand it throughout the entire country.  So, no matter where you live or what organisms you have in your backyards, neighborhoods, or outdoor areas you may safely visit, you can share them with all of us!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE.  In order to make it an “exclusive” SWFP- and ASB-family event, we need your iNaturalist usernames.  Thus, we have created a REGISTRATION platform.  First, download the iNaturalist app (free and reputable - created by the California Academy of Sciences) and then create a username.  If you make it something recognizable (close to your name), then your friends, fellow pilgrims, leaders, and ASB members will more easily recognize who you are, but if you prefer anonymity, that is OK too!  Once you have created an iNat account and username, then click the VIRTUAL EVENT REGISTRATION link, below. 

COST.  Registration and participation in this event are free if that is what you need to participate; however, it will cost us about $5 per person to register each of you, so we are asking for that fee so we do not incur any debt during this event. We will also provide opportunities for larger donations to help cover costs for those who cannot afford it at this time or to help us build up some resources for our event next year, if you have the means.  All you will need to register is your name, your iNaturalist username, and your zipcode.  As is always the case with ASB and SWFP, your information will not be shared or exploited.  

DOWNLOADS AND WALKTHROUGH.  Here are links to a pdf “walkthrough” of how to download, set up, and use the app and also the links to download the app for either Apple or Android:APP for AppleAPP for AndroidHOW TO DOWNLOAD AND USE INATURALIST1.

WHEN AND WHAT? Starting May 11th at 8:00AM Eastern the Virtual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage iNaturalist event will begin and it will run through Sunday, May 17th at midnight.  Through the week you all can add observations (pictures, sound recordings, etc) of all of the usual groups oforganisms that you would normally get to see during the pilgrimage – wildflowers, trees, ferns, mosses, insects, spiders, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, or anything else!!!  Not only can you make and add observations, but pilgrims, leaders, ASB biologists, and park officials will be able to help identify the organisms and provide some chat and discussion!  You do not need to know what the organisms are to participate.  At a very basic level, all you have to do is take a few pictures of a plant, animal, fungus, or whatever and upload it to our iNaturalist project.  Other people will help you learn what it is!  Alternatively, if you already know what it is, then you can upload pics and give others the opportunity to learn!

Next year’s annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hopefully be on site again.  Save the dates:
SWFP 2021 April 21st – 24th 2021
Early/Priority Registration opens February 22nd 2021
Registration opens March 1st 2021

We really think this will be fun and help to renew our perspectives as we enter spring 2020.

We hope to see you on the virtual trails.




  • When

  • Monday, May 11, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020
    8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • 2020 Virtual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage iNaturalist Event
    1420 Fighting Creek Gap Rd
    Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738


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