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September 3, 2002

Dollywood Park Plans For 5th Annual Homeschool Day

Pigeon Forge, TN -- Dollywood is commonly known as Tennessee's number one place for fun, but on September 20 it will demonstrate why it is also serves as one of the state's largest outdoor classrooms, when hundreds of students from all over the region attend the park's 5th annual Homeschool Day.

This special day for homeschooled students comes complete with a "lesson plan notebook" and highlights a variety of subjects from music education and crafts to physics and history. A comprehensive list of subjects that relate to Dollywood are detailed in Dollywood's Lesson Plan Notebook, including suggested reference materials that students can study before their visit to prepare for their "lessons" in the park. History lessons encourage students to learn more about trains, ferris wheels, and one-room schoolhouses, while science lessons focus on the physics of rides and the unique characteristics of birds of prey.

New to this year's Homeschool Day is a special presentation by Rangers from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and storytellers from the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, who will share stories of the culture of the Smokies. In addition, representatives from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Education Curator's Office will be at Dollywood to give homeschoolers a first-hand look at the curious habits and habitats of animals from the very top of the rainforest canopy to the very deep ocean bottom.

Special craft classes for homeschooled students will be offered by Dollywood's Master Craftsmen. Topics include stenciling and embossing, leather braiding, mosaic doorstops, woodcarving, blacksmithing, and others. Craft classes are $10 each and class size is limited; pre-registration is required by September 6.

Homeschool Day is open to all homeschool students and their immediate family members. Participants will receive special admission pricing for that day ($20 for students ages 4-18; $30 for adults). Students who have purchased admission tickets by September 6 are eligible for a free lunch at one of five restaurant locations on park.

Admission tickets will also be available at the Homeschool Ticket Booth located at Dollywood's front gate on the day of the event. However, free student lunches and crafts classes will not be available to those purchasing tickets after September 6.

For more information on Dollywood's Homeschool Day, visit the Group Sales Information section of park's website at