(Updated: Summer 2011)
Thanks for your interest in Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Center. This handout describes how it is available for meetings, conferences, weddings, and social events. Adjacent to the beautiful Little River Canyon National Preserve our facility has combined "the character of a Yellowstone lodge together with NASA science and the best sustainable technologies." With a variety of spaces available, it has also been described as "one of the most attractive, convenient, and talked-about buildings in Alabama."
We encourage you to use our facility and have developed the following guidelines for your information.
The Canyon Center is a public space that serves as a visitor and teaching facility for JSU in partnership with the National Park Service and others. Please know that the occasional sounds of our routine activity are a natural part of being at the facility.
These guidelines have been developed to ensure an enjoyable and predictable experience for all Canyon Center visitors. Please read all sections carefully as we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Contact us if you'd like clarification or additional information.
Pete Conroy, Director
JSU EPIC, Field Schools and Canyon Center
256-782-8010 JSU Office
256-845-3548 Canyon Center
Available Spaces, times and rates:
Events may be held in the following areas. It is expected that clients will visit and understand the sites before making their reservations:
Depending on whether or not our soundproof divider is being used, the Canyon Center has two or three Meeting Rooms (129, 130A and 130B). Each accommodates tables (2'x6') and chairs (metal with seats/backs). Each of the three has a capacity of 30 to 50 people depending upon the section rented and set-up needs. Each of the three rooms has approximately 1000 square feet. The Meeting Rooms have projection screens and whiteboards with outlets and extension cords available. Meeting Room 130A also has rear countertop space with a sink. All meeting rooms have windows with shades, podiums and audio-visual capability including wireless internet for computer presentations.
The Canyon Center Auditorium is 1860 square feet and will accommodate approximately 120 people with chairs only. It will accommodate fewer people when tables are included. It is a flexible space available with a small stage, a surround-sound audio system, projected video capability, wireless internet, acoustic paneling, and direct access to the kitchen.
The centralized kitchen facility has 340 square feet of space and is equipped as a stainless steel catering kitchen with dual sinks for food preparation, triple sinks for dish washing, a standard stove, oven, microwave and hood. It also has a multiple electrical outlets, a refrigerator, ice maker, wall countertops and a central food preparation table. A list of approved caters is available.
The Canyon Center Library is a luxuriously furnished 740 square foot room, with a wood burning fireplace, live plants, sofas, comfortable chairs, HDTV and surround-sound. It may be used as an executive meeting room with a board table that seats eight to ten.
The partially covered and north facing patio is perfect for outdoor meals, receptions and weddings. It is equipped with night lighting as well as access to the North Lawn and kitchen.
Next door to the Canyon Center is an adjoining picnic area. Far less formal and a bit campy, it is perfect for grilling and BBQ's it is set up to accommodate 40 -50 people with picnic tables and a few small grills (personally owed equipment is permitted). It includes lawn space for games and outdoor activity, a lighted shelter, and separate bath houses for men and women.
Behind the Canyon Center is a system of outdoor trails that extend for nearly two miles of easy walking. Passing through meadows as well as forest, learning stations are being developed (as of April 2010), but guides can be made available for additional interpretation. The trails are perfect for bird watching and other types of nature study. They intersect with the National Park unit and are expected to connect with the new pedestrian walkway on the Highway 35 Bridge by 2011.
Canyon Center Rental Rates
Monday through Friday: Day rates (until 5pm)
Full Auditorium -- $300 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
Exhibit Space $300 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Lobby NOT AVAILABLE FOR DAY TIME RENTAL
Meeting Room 129 $125 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 130A $125 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 130B $125 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 130A&B $200 for each 4-hour block, includes kitchen access ($50 discount)
Library $75 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Outdoor Patio $250 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
All Spaces $950 for each 4-hour block
All Spaces $1900 for each 8-hour block
All Spaces $2850 for each 12-hour block (allow 20% discount)
Picnic Area $100 for each 4-hour block, includes tables & grills
Weekend and Evening (after 5pm) rates:
Full Auditorium -- $400 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
Exhibit Space $400 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Lobby $400 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 129 $175 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 130A $175 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 130B $175 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Meeting Room 130A&B $300 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
Library $100 for each 4-hour block, no direct kitchen access
Outdoor Patio $300 for each 4-hour block, includes direct kitchen access
All Spaces $1275 for each 4-hour block
All Spaces $2550 for each 8-hour block (allow 10% discount)
All Spaces $3825 for each 12-hour block (allow 20% discount)
Picnic Area $125 for each 4-hour block, includes tables & 2 small grills
Over the minimum 4 hour base rate, additional rental time of less than 4 hours may be secured for a prorated amount based on number of additional hours and specific room(s) rented (1/4 of 4-hour rate for each additional hour or fraction). All prices are subject to change.