Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR)

A one-of-a-kind black bear rehabilitation facility located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, TN, ABR is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that has been returning black bears back to the wild since 1996. Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured, or in need of medical care. Thanks to Appalachian Bear Rescue, these bears are rehabilitated and released back to the wild.

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Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness as well as providing volunteers for needed projects.

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Smokies Life

Formerly Great Smoky Mountains Association, Smokies Life supports the perpetual preservations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the national park system by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research.

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