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“Bear Talk” and Book Signing by Instructor

by Anna Shearouse on May 5, 2011

in Featured Teacher

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.

Bears We've Met- Short Stories of Close Encounters by Joel Zachry

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.

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Millie May 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I was Joel talk this past weekend and what FUN!! I enjoyed his stories and his knowledge!


Anna Shearouse, Marketing Assistant May 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Hi Gwen, I am putting you in touch with Joel Zachry, the author. I’m sure he could send you one or tell you where to find it. His email is Thanks for your interest!


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