Come and join Smokey and all his friends at The Cradle of Forestry for his 75th birthday. This year’s red carpet event is a the hottest ticket in the Pisgah National Forest, with all new games and events, it’s fun for the whole family.
- 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Smokey’s Birthday Party! Enjoy games, prizes, live children’s music, and birthday cake!
- 11:30 am: Smokey Arrives! Meet Smokey bear! Make him a birthday card and take a photo together.
- 12:00 pm: Birthday Cake Time! Sing the Smokey Bear song and eat birthday cake!
- 12:30 pm: Children‘s Parade! Join the Rosman High School Marching Band in a birthday parade!
- 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Live Animal Presentation by Naturalist Carlton Burke and his animal friends!
- 2:45 pm: The History of Smokey Bear lecture for adult fans presented by forester Bob Beanblossom
- 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Pond Exploration with the Pisgah River Rangers.
- This event costs $6 for regular admission and $3 for youth ages 4 to 12, along with federal pass holders including America the Beautiful and Golden Age. Children under 4 for free.
- Admission to the birthday party is included in the admission fee along with access to our 15 hands-on exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center, including the firefighting helicopter simulator and the scavenger hunt.
- The Cafe at the Cradle will be open for lunch from 11am to 3pm, but families are also invited to pack their own picnic.
- All activities during Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party (11am to 1pm) will be held in front of the Forest Discovery Center.
- The Live Animal Presentation at 1:30 pm will take place at our outdoor amphitheater.