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February 2014

Storytime at the Canyon Center: Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James & Kimberly Dean

Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month.

Date:       February 1, 2014 First Saturday of Each month

Where:   Little River Canyon Center
Time:    11:00 - Noon
Fee:       Free

TAKE A HIKE!!!

The JSU Field Schools will partner with groups (such as National Park Service, US Forest Service, Alabama State Parks and others) to offer diverse moderate-level hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain” each second Saturday of the month.

Date:     Second Saturdays each month; February 8, 2014
Where:  Locations vary; may include Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, Cheaha State Park, or other locations (Call 256-782-8010 for specific locations and meeting place)
Time:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $0-$5 per person; pre-registration required five days prior to hike date

Second Saturday Space Safaris: Love Stories in the Stars

Travel through space and explore planet Earth during these exciting programs for families and children.
Date:     Saturday, February 8, 2014
Where:  JSU Planetarium (3rd Floor Martin Hall) in Jacksonville, AL
Time:     Two shows:  4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Fee:       $5 per adult; $2.00 per child; pre-registration encouraged especially for groups

NPS Green & Gray Saturday                                                                                                                                                              The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!                                                                                                              Date:     Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where:  Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL
Time:    10:00 am
Fee:       Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

March 2014

 

Storytime at the Canyon Center: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month.

Date:    March 1, 2014 First Saturday of Each month

Where:   Little River Canyon Center
Time:    11:00 - Noon
Fee:       Free

 

Early Spring Frog Pond Adventure
Experience “love” from a frog’s point of view! Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline, for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the first amphibian voices of the season. Learn to identify frog songs and get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures. Participate in Frog Watch USA. Subject to water level/drought conditions. 

Date:       Saturday, March 1, 2014
Where:
   Frog Pond (various locations…weather and water dependent)
Time:     
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fee:        $3 per person

Second Saturday Space Safaris: Cosmic Serpents
Travel through space and explore planet Earth during these exciting programs for families and children.
Date:     Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where:  JSU Planetarium (3rd Floor Martin Hall) in Jacksonville, AL
Time:     Two shows:  4:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Fee:       $5 per adult; $2.00 per child; pre-registration encouraged especially for groups

TAKE A HIKE!!!

The JSU Field Schools will partner with groups (such as National Park Service, US Forest Service, Alabama State Parks and others) to offer diverse moderate-level hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain” each second Saturday of the month.

Date:     Second Saturdays each month; March 8, 2014
Where:  Locations vary; may include Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, Cheaha State Park, or other locations (Call 256-782-8010 for specific locations and meeting place)
Time:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $0-$5 per person; pre-registration required five days prior to hike date

Creek Walk: Spring Plants

Join a Choccolocco Creek Naturalist to explore the fascinating habitat of this watershed. Presented by JSU Field Schools and Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance. Best suited for ages 14 to adult. Come prepared with your camera and questions!

Date:    Saturday March 8, 2014
Where:  Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area
Time:    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required

NPS Green & Gray Saturday                                                                                                                                                              The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!                                                                                                              Date:     Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where:   Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL
Time:     10:00 am
Fee:       Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

Week Day Walkabout: Waterfall Tour & Easy Hike
Join Joan Alexander and others from the Anniston Outdoor Association for this unique driving and hiking tour of several beautiful waterfalls located around the Cheaha State Park area.  These are easy to moderate hikes on rocky dirt trails.

Dependent upon water level.
Date:       Friday, March 14, 2014
Where:   Cheaha State Park    (8:45 am Meet at State Park and ride JSU Shuttle for tour) in Cleburne County, AL
Time:      9:00 am – Noon; JSU Van shuttle for tour
Fee:        $10 per person; pre-registration is required by March 13, 2013

Growing Up WILD & Living Wild for Children and their Families

Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers month for fun nature and art programs for preschool age children. 

Date:     Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where:   Little River Canyon Center
Time:    11:00 am - noon
Fee:      No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged

April 2014

 

Plants of the Pocket

Join DeSoto State Park botanist, Brittney M. Hughes, and JSU Field Schools Assistant Director, Renee Morrison, for this enchanted botany trip to “The Pocket” on Pigeon Mountain. Excellent photo opportunities of unique and beautiful plants. Easy to moderate short boardwalk hike with optional moderate to difficult hike to waterfall.

Date:     Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Where: Meet at DeSoto State Park Nature Center; shuttle to site
Time:    9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fee:       $10 per person (transportation to site included)

Spring Frog Pond Adventure
Experience “love” from a frog’s point of view! Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline, for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the first amphibian voices of the season. Learn to identify frog songs and get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures. Participate in Frog Watch USA. Subject to water level/drought conditions. 

Date:       Saturday, April 5, 2014
Where:
   Frog Pond (various locations…weather and water dependent)
Time:     
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fee:        $3 per person

 

Storytime at the Canyon Center: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month.

Date:     April 5, 2014 First Saturday of Each month

Where:   Little River Canyon Center
Time:    11:00 - Noon
Fee:       Free

Bunny-Palooza: Spring Fest for Children

Celebrate the season by visiting the Bunny Factory (where children are magically transformed into bunnies and learn all the basics: how to hop, decorate eggs, and more enchanting fun)! Children’s Spring Art Show, storytelling, music, baby animals, bunny games, egg hunt with prizes, fairy tales and fairy houses workshop…a day your little bunny will NEVER forget!

Date:     Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where:   Little River Canyon Center
Time:    10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fee:      No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged

Growing Up WILD and Living Wild: Fairy Houses

Join Renee Morrison (JSU Field Schools) for this fun fairy-house building workshop that teaches children to be creative and how to to use their observation skills. Stories about fairies, Easter Bunny and more!

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Fee: No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged

NPS Green & Gray Saturday                                                                                                                                                              The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!                                                                                                              Date:     Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where:   Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL
Time:     10:00 am
Fee:       Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

 

TAKE A HIKE!!!

The JSU Field Schools will partner with groups (such as National Park Service, US Forest Service, Alabama State Parks and others) to offer diverse moderate-level hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain” each second Saturday of the month.

Date:     Second Saturdays each month; April 12, 2014
Where:  Locations vary; may include Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, Cheaha State Park, or other locations (Call 256-782-8010 for specific locations and meeting place)
Time:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $0-$5 per person; pre-registration required five days prior to hike date

Second Saturday Space Safaris: Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel through space and explore planet Earth during these exciting programs for families and children.
Date:     Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where:  JSU Planetarium (3rd Floor Martin Hall) in Jacksonville, AL
Time:      Two shows:  4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Fee:       $5 per adult; $2.00 per child; pre-registration encouraged especially for groups

 EARTH DAY WEEKEND AT THE CC

APRIL 26th, 2014

 

 

EARTH DAY Little River Canyon Trivia Challenge

Join Dr. James Rayburn (JSU Biology) for this fun trivia challenge which includes questions (and answers) about the Natural History of Little River Canyon and Lookout Mountain. Participants will be divided into teams and use “clickers” to answer questions during this fun competition. “Prizes” will be awarded to the top performers.

Date:     Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where:  Little River Canyon Center
Time:    10:00 am - Noon
Fee:      $5 per person; pre-registration required

 

 

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Join Conservation Coordinator and master outdoorsman B.J. Johnson for this fly fishing workshop. You will learn all the basics to get started on your own fly fishing adventures! This workshop will be on dry ground, not in the river. But by the end of the workshop you will be river savvy!

Date:       Saturday April 26, 2014

Where:    Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL

Time:      10 am - 2 pm

Fee:        $20 per person; pre-registration required by Wednesday April 18th

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