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Take a Hike: Waterfalls Tour & Easy Hike

Join JSU Field School and DeSoto State Park staff on a tour exploring Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park waterfalls. Easy to moderate hikes on rocky dirt trails. Will see some well known waterfalls as well as some hidden treasures. Trip is dependent on water level. 

Things to Bring: Plenty of water and /or sports drink, snacks / lunch, hiking poles / staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures / weather.

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining / stormy or very poor trial conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check with the park before leaving home. Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Where: Little River Canyon and DeSoto State Park. Meet at JSU's Little River Canyon Center
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (CST); JSU van shuttle for tour; lunch at DeSoto State Park Lodge (included in price)
Fee: $25 per person; pre-registration is required by March 2, 2018 by calling (256) 845-3548 (Limit is 10 participants)

Take a Hike: Waterfalls Tour & Easy Hike

The JSU Field Schools partner with Anniston Outdoors to offer diverse moderate-level hikes each second Saturday of the month. Throughout the year, we will be hiking different sections of the Pinhoti Trail. Contact Keith Hudson by phone at (256)453-9527 or by email for details.

Date: Second Saturday each month; March 10, 2018
Where: Locations vary; Pinhoti Trail
Time: 8:00 am CST (my vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee: $5 per person; pre-registration required by contacting Keith Hudson by phone at (256) 453-9527 or by email at 3 days prior to date.

Creature Feature: Frogs

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 possibly get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Where: Canyon Center Fort Payne, Alabama
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)
Fee: No fee; call (256) 845-3548 (Dr. Niki Wayner) for more details.

Longleaf Pine Needle Basketry Class

Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history. Join artist Brittney Hughes to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation. The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples. Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts. Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 10 and up.

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Fee: $25 supply-fee - Supply fee due day of class

Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 12. For details, (256) 997-5025 or email

For more information contact the JSU Field School office at (256) 845-3548 or (256) 782-8010

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