Nature Studies instructor, Joel Zachry, will share “bear stories” with us from his book “Bears We’ve Met- Short Stories of Close Encounters.” Two readings will take place in the Keith House Living Room. One will be Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. and the second will be Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and for the author to sign.
Joel will share tales from the book and provide interesting and entertaining information about black bears of the Southern Appalachians and what to do when encountering them. This book is a culmination of over 35 years of experiences with bear encounters from the Appalachians to Alaska, where he has guided trips since 1988.
Joel is a retired college biology professor, and he and his wife, Kathy, are the program managers for the University of Tennessee and National Park Service Smoky Mountain Field School in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Together they own and guide for Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel.