Upcoming Canyon Center Events

Field School Programs

September

September 24 - Hike with a Naturalist - Sensory Hike 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Please join us on a one-mile hike on the Path to Learning at the Little River Canyon Center as we use our senses to make special observations. This hike is designed for children 10 and under, but all ages are welcome. Due to uneven and varying terrain, please wear footwear suitable for hiking, bring water, sun protection and a snack!

September 25 - Bewitching Baskets - Weaving a Reed Carrier Basket 

There are few arts with longer or more global histories than basket weaving. Pre-dating pottery, baskets were useful for Neolithic hunters and gatherers. Over the millennium, woven containers and furniture became important throughout global cultures for spiritual and aesthetic reasons. Today, basketry is an important and useful cultural practice in many societies. There are countless materials which can be woven into containers of varying size and designs. 

Participants will discover how to weave a reed basket; learning how to set up & form the basket, some weaving/twinning techniques, and how to add a rim. Complete basket kit for the contrasting carrier basket(kit pictured) will be provided, as well as all tools & supplies to use. This class is for ages 12 to adult (please no younger children for safety reasons) 

What to Bring: Enthusiasm (all materials and tools needed to complete this project will be provided). Wear comfortable, casual clothing (this can get messy), and bring a sack lunch if you wish. This workshop emphasizes the use of hand tools, students should have moderate hand strength. 

Date: September 25, 2022 

Time: 9:00 – 4:00 (CST) 

Where: JSU’s Little River Canyon Center-Fort Payne, Alabama 

Fee: $130 supply fee. Pre-registration required by September 11. Space is limited to 5 participants. 

Pre-registration required by emailing Brittney Hughes (NOT via Facebook/social media). For details and to pre-register email Southernchick888@hotmail.com 

October

October 1 - Ceramic Ornament Class

Join artist Jessica Haigh of Animal House Pottery for a Ceramic Ornament Class at the Little River Canyon Center. This 2 hour class will be from 10am – 12 pm on Saturday October 1, 2022. Students will learn how to handle the clay and the process of turning "dirt" into the ceramic pieces we know and use today. This class will also review a short history of this ancient craft. Participants will receive the clay and supplies to make 6 – 8 Christmas ornaments each. Each ornament can be customized with all types of designs, shapes, and colors for this special Christmas project. Once class is completed each ornament will go through a firing process and will be available for pickup by October 22. You will not be able to leave with your ornament set; however, once complete you will have a special Christmas ornament set that can last a lifetime with proper care. Students as young as 4 years old and up are welcome!

Pre-registration is required. Register here!

$35 per participant.

No refunds after September 16th.

For questions please email rmtaylor@jsu.edu or call 256-845-3548.

October 2 - Bewitching Baskets - Weaving a Curvy Autumn Basket 

There are few arts with longer or more global histories than basket weaving. Pre-dating pottery, baskets were useful for Neolithic hunters and gatherers. Over the millennium, woven containers and furniture became important throughout global cultures for spiritual and aesthetic reasons. Today, basketry is an important and useful cultural practice in many societies. There are countless materials which can be woven into containers of varying size and designs. 

Participants will discover how to weave a reed basket; learning how to set up & form the basket, some weaving/twinning techniques, and how to add a rim. Complete basket kit for the Beauty of Autumn basket (kit pictured) will be provided, as well as all tools & supplies to use. This class is for ages 12 to adult (please no younger children for safety reasons) 

What to Bring: Enthusiasm (all materials and tools needed to complete this project will be provided). Wear comfortable, casual clothing (this can get messy), and bring a sack lunch if you wish. This workshop emphasizes the use of hand tools, students should have moderate hand strength. 

Date: October 2, 2022 

Time: 9:00 – 4:00 (CST) 

Where: JSU’s Little River Canyon Center-Fort Payne, Alabama 

Fee: $130 supply fee. Pre-registration required by September 18. Space is limited to 5 participants. 

Pre-registration required by emailing Brittney Hughes (NOT via Facebook/social media). For details and to pre-register email Southernchick888@hotmail.com 

October 8 - Canyon 1/2 Marathon

One of the most scenic half marathons in the country, the certified course loops 13.1 miles on paved roads, starting and ending at the Little River Canyon Center. Starting at 8:00 am, the first 5 miles of the run will follow the Little River Canyon National Preserve's scenic and sometimes challenging rim of the canyon, as the remainder winds through gently rolling farm country including Randy Owen Drive and his famous Tennessee River Music Hereford and Angus cattle ranch. Randy and Kelly Owen are often on hand at the 6 and 8 mile water station pitching Fig Newtons, energy GU and drinks.
Awards ceremony to follow.
Event details and schedule
Registration is set at:
$50 prior to August 1st (mail-in) or $50 prior to August 1st (active.com)
$65 after August 1st $75 day of race
Please come Friday October 7th for early registration and packet pickup - starting at 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Packet pick up and registration will also begin 7:00am on race day! Please park in the event parking lot on race day.

October 15 - Anniston Museum WILD SOUTH Live Animal Program at The Little River Canyon Center

Join us at the Little River Canyon Center for the Anniston Museum and Gardens WILD SOUTH live animal program! Learn about the amazing diversity of animals that are native to the southeastern United States, specifically Alabama and Georgia! Meet some notorious endangered species and learn about ongoing conservation efforts. 

Free Event.

No Registration Required.

Program begins at 11am - 12pm. 

October 22 - JSU Field School Black Bear Program at the Anniston Museum and Gardens

Join JSU Field School at the Anniston Museum and Gardens to learn about the Alabama state Mammal and how conservation, preservation, and education can aid in their successful return to North Alabama.

October 22 - Photography Workshop

Join professional photographer and photo journalist Rich Rybka of Natural Light Photography for a photography workshop at the Little River Canyon Center. This workshop is designed for students with minimal to basic photography skills. DSLR, or a mirrorless camera with removable SD card is required. This workshop will include an indoor presentation and time taking photographs in the beautiful Little River Canyon National Preserve. Hikes are short and easy to moderate (optional).
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne (Bring a day pack with lunch/drinks)
Fee: $40 per person.
pre-registration required. Register Here!
Email rmtaylor@jsu.edu  or call 256-845-3548 for more details.

October 29 - Guided Archaeology Tour Dekalb/ Cherokee Counties 

Come along with JSU archaeologist Dr. Harry Holstein for a guided tour of sites throughout Cherokee and DeKalb counties. October 29, 2022 from 9am - 3pm.
Participants will visit the 19th century Cornwall Iron Furnace, a Spanish contact site at Coosa village, a rock shelter in use as early as 3000 B.C., and much more. This will be an unforgettable all-day event. Bring your own food and drinks.
Transportation is provided.
This tour is expected to be completely booked.
No refunds after October 14th. Register Here! 
For questions email rmtaylor@jsu.edu or call 256-845-3548.

November 

November 4- 5 John Dersham Photography Workshop

Join Fine Art Photographer John Dersham for a two-day seminar on how to improve your photography by learning tried and true compositional rules. In addition learn about lighting and strategies that will provide more visual impact to your pictures. Hikes are short and are easy to moderate (optional).
Date: Friday, Nov 4th from 6pm-8pm and Saturday, Nov 5th from 7am-3pm
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne
What to bring: Camera, tripod, Neutral Density filter (optional), snacks and drinks. (Class will visit the Rim of the Canyon Grill for an early lunch or you can bring one from home.)
Fee: $50 per person;
pre-registration required; Register Here!
call 256-845-3548 for more information; no refunds after October 21, 2022.

November 5 - Canyon Fest

Canyon Fest is an annual celebration of art and nature featuring local art, crafts, live animal shows, music, food and fun for the entire family. Free and open to everyone. Pets welcome on leashes. Donations appreciated.
November 19 - Wreath Making
November 25 - Opt Outside Hike

December

December 10 - Canyon Christmas
December 17 - Hike with a Naturalist

January 2023

January 1 - 1st Day Hike