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Mountain Center Upcoming Events

2014 Programs at and near the Mountain Center

 

Call 256-782-8010 or email fieldschool@jsu.edu  for more information or to register for a program.

 

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 (Joseph Springs Motorway/White Plains)
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

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

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

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 (Joseph Springs Motorway/White Plains)
Time:      
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fee:        $3 per person

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

Spring Paddle: Terrapin Creek

Join JSU Field Schools, Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center and Anniston Outdoor Association for this adventure on Terrapin Creek. Wild flowers, wild life and beautiful scenery will abound.  Bring drink/snacks/lunch. Not recommended for children under 12 years. Subject to weather and water level.

Date:     Saturday, May 3, 2014
Where:  Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center (AL Hwy 9 near Centre, AL)
Time:     9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee:       $30 per person (rental kayak included); $25 per person rental canoe (double only); $20 per person to bring your own canoe or kayak; Pre-registration is required before May 12, 2014

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/weather conditions. 

Date:       Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where:
  Frog Pond (Varies)
Time:      
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fee:        $3 per person

Duck Derby on Terrapin Creek
Join Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center, Alabama Land Trust, and JSU Field Schools for a fun rubber duck race to raise funds to improve safety and conservation on Terrapin Creek. 

Date:       Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where:
  Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center
Time:      
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fee:        Call Anna Berry at the Alabama Land Trust at 256-447-1006 for information

Beyond My Pond: What’s so important about my watershed?

This fun workshop will focus on the sustainability of the Choccolocco Creek Watershed. Sponsored by EEAA, JSU Field Schools and the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance. Participants will learn about Alabama Water Watch from Dr. Bill Deutsch (Auburn University) and Francine Hutchinson (Jacksonville State University). The morning session will be indoors and the afternoon session will be hands-on stream side. Lunch is provided by Environmental Education Association of Alabama. 

Date:     Saturday, May 31, 2014
Where:   Cleburne County Mountain Center

Wild Woodsy Wednesday

The USDA Forest Service staff and JSU Field Schools will present “Wild Wednesday” programs each Wednesday of June and July Topics include animals, plants, hikes, nature observation, forest topics and more! Program includes snack and craft.

Date:     June 4, 2014 Wednesdays in June & July 2014 (Call Shoal Creek Office at 256-463-2272 for exact dates)
Where:   Coleman Lake Recreation Area, Talladega National Forest near Heflin, AL
Time:     10:00 am – noon
Fee:       Free

Creek Walk: What’s in the Water?

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 June 14, 2014
Where:  Shoal Creek at Pine Glenn Camp Ground in the Talladega National Forest
Time:    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required

Mountains to the Gulf Teacher Workshop: Water Connections

Explore the state’s watershed with Legacy: Partners in EE, JSU Field Schools, Camp McDowell Environmental Center and many other partners during this eight day traveling teacher workshop.

Date: June 15-22, 2014

Where: The mountains of north Alabama at McDowell Environmental Center, DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon Center, Cleburne County Mountain Center, Cheaha State Park and Columbiana…all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island Sea Lab!

Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Daily (Transportation, lodging and meals provided by Legacy: Partners in EE)

Fee:  Application/Scholarship only; visit http://legacyenved.org/ for more information.

Legacy’s Nature and Arts TEACHER Workshop

Located at DeSoto State Park and the Little River Canyon Center, teachers will enjoy a week of hands-on learning about environmental education and arts. This workshop will be the week of July 28-31, 2014. Email Renee Morrison, JSU Field Schools’ assistant director at rmorrison@jsu.edu for more information or for an application.

 

Nature & Arts Camp

Hands-on environmental education, outdoor fun, and arts (storytelling, “fairy tale” observation hikes, ghost-huntin’, hands-on art & more) abound in this camp. These camps leave children begging for more JSU Field School fun! These camps fill quickly so register early. Fee includes lunch and supplies.

Date:                       July 8-11, 2014

Age/Grade:             Ages 6 – 9 years
Where:                   Mountain Center
Time:                       9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee:                        $150 per participant; pre-registration required

JSU Nature & Adventure Camp

Hands-on environmental education, outdoor fun, and arts (storytelling, “fairy tale” observation hikes, ghost-huntin’, hands-on art & more) abound in this camp. These camps leave children begging for more JSU Field School fun! These camps fill quickly so register early. Fee includes lunch and supplies.

Date:                       July 22-25, 2014

Age/Grade:             Ages 10-13 years
Where:                   Mountain Center
Time:                       9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee:                         $150 per participant; pre-registration required (limited to 10 campers)

Guided Archaeology Tour of Calhoun & St. Clair Counties
Come along with JSU’s Dr. Harry Holstein for a guided archaeology tour of various sites throughout Calhoun and St. Clair counties. We will visit Janney Iron Furnace, a 19th century battlefield and river locks, a prehistoric Indian village, and much more. Participants should bring their own lunch and drinks. Transportation is provided. Space is limited.  This is one of our most of our most popular programs so register early!
Date:     Saturday, August 16, 2014
Where: Jacksonville, AL (Meeting location to be disclosed upon registration)
Time:    9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee:      $15 per person (ages 14 and older) Pre-registration is required.

Weekday Walkabout Hike

The JSU Field Schools offer these easy storytelling hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain” for those who are too busy with family, grandchildren and friends to spend a weekend day in the woods. 

Date:     Monday, September 1, 2014
Where:  Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest
Time:    9:00 am – 12:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required at least five days prior to hike date

Creek Walk: Medicinal & Edible 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 September 13, 2014
Where:  Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area
Time:    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required

 

Weekday Walkabout Hike: Easy

The JSU Field Schools are partnering with the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance to offer these easy interpretive hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain” for those who are too busy with family, grandchildren and friends to spend a weekend day in the woods. This program is also excellent for home school groups.

Date:     Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Where:  Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest
Time:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required five days prior to hike date

Weekday Walkabout Hike

The JSU Field Schools offer these easy storytelling hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain” for those who are too busy with family, grandchildren and friends to spend a weekend day in the woods. 

Date:     Tuesday November 11, 2014
Where:  Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest
Time:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required five days prior to hike date

Weekday Walkabout Hike

The JSU Field Schools offer these easy storytelling hikes “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain (September – December) for those who are too busy with family, grandchildren and friends to spend a weekend day in the woods. 

Date:     Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Where:  Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest 
Time:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm (may vary depending upon length of hike)
Fee:       $5 per person; pre-registration required five days prior to hike date

Second Saturday Space Safaris: Star of Bethlehem
Travel through space and explore planet Earth during these exciting programs for families and children.
Date:     Saturday, December 13, 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 per child; pre-registration encouraged especially for groups

A Merry Mountain Christmas

An enchanting day full of holiday programs such as winter wildlife feeding, sustainable giving, Christmas arts & crafts, storytelling and more!!

Date:     Saturday December 13, 2014
Where:   Mountain Center in Cleburne County (near Heflin)
Time:     10 am – 3 pm
Fee:        Most programs are free…call for specific schedule.

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