Fall Schedule for JSU's Little River Canyon Field School
JSU News Bureau
JACKSONVILLE -- September 25, 2002 -- Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Field School is gearing up for the fall with classes and programs designed to entertain, educate and inform.
Dr. Mark Meade, assistant professor of biology at JSU, will introduce "The Fishes of Little River" on September 28 at the DeSoto State Park Campground from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is no fee for this amazing introduction.
On October 4th, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. James Rayburn will present a program on the "Venomous Organisms of Alabama." This free program will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the DeSoto State Park Campground.
Experience the brilliance of the season with the Fall Color Hike on October 5th. Pre-registration and a $10 fee is required for this daylong hike around DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon. Bring supplies for the day and your walking shoes, as the hike will be moderately strenuous. Hikers meet at 10 a.m. at the DeSoto State Park Nature Center.
Dr. James Rayburn returns to the DeSoto State Park Campground on October 5th to explain "Amphibian Metamorphosis: From Tadpoles to Frogs, What a Leap!" The free program runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On October 11, 2002, Dr. Benji Blair, assistant professor of biology at JSU, will introduce what can't be seen in "Invisible Wonders of Little River Canyon." Find out what really "runs" things in Little River at this free program, which runs from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeSoto State Park Campground.
On October 12th join Dr. Harry Holstein, archaeology professor, for a guided archaeological tour of sites throughout Calhoun and St. Clair counties. This will be primarily a driving tour with detailed analysis of Janney Iron Furnace, a 19th century battlefield, a prehistoric Indian village, 19th century river locks, and much more. This event will begin at 246 Martin Hall at 9:00 a.m. and participants will be dropped off there by 3:00 p.m. The cost for the event is $25.00 per person, and participation is limited.
Join Little River Canyon Field school director, and birder, Pete Conroy for an evening with "Birds of Prey" on October 12 at Desoto State Park Campground. The free program provides an up close look at the birds from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Listen to Francine Hutchinson share the Legends of the Canyon on October 18th at the DeSoto State Park Campground from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free program shares the legends of the Native Americans and American pioneers as they lived and died in Little River Canyon.
Get ready for the 6th annual Janney Iron Furnace 5K Run and Heritage Day on October 19th at Ohatchee School and the Janney Furnace Historical Site. The 5K run starts at 8:00 a.m. and Heritage Day kicks off at 10:00 a.m. There is a $10 pre-registration fee for the run ($12 registration fee on day of event from 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.)
"Creepy Critters" will be coming to town with Anniston Museum of Natural History's Stephen Faughn on October 19th at the DeSoto State Park Campground from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Learn the tragic history behind the "Cherokee Trail of Tears" from Dr. Kelly Gregg on October 25th at the DeSoto State Park Campground from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sharks? In Alabama? Dr. Kelly Gregg, geologist, returns to talk about the long ago inhabitants of Little River. Geology of Little River Canyon meets from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 26th at the DeSoto State Park Campground.
The last hike of the season takes place on November 2 and covers one of the most beautiful sections of the PinHoti Trail near the southern end of the Talladega District. Pre-register for this daylong, moderately strenuous hike and bring a daypack and your camera. The fee is $10 for the season finale, fittingly called "Pinhoti Trail: The End."
For more information on the Little River Canyon Field School, or to pre-register for an event, call (256) 782- 5687.
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