Upcoming Canyon Center Events

Field School Programs

June

June 14- 17 - Canyon Camp For Kids

For Children 2nd grade to 4th grade. Hands-on environmental education, outdoor fun, arts and the exploration of the natural world is on the itinerary at Canyon Camp. Held at the JSU Canyon Center in Fort Payne, the day-long camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. Day 1 – Creek Day – encounter live amphibians in their natural habitat and in the classroom! Day 2 – Bugs and Decomposers Day - meet larger than life insects and observe their habitats in nature! Day 3 – Native People Groups Day - explore real artifacts of Native People from our area and their journey. Day 4 – Fun with STEM - create life size bubbles, experiment with elephant toothpaste, and test your own rocket! Registration is $150 and limited to 12 participants. For more information, please call 256-845-3548. Register here! 

June 18 - Herpfest at the Anniston Museum of Natural History

Join the Anniston Museum of Natural History and the JSU Field School for Herpfest 2022! It is time once again to celebrate and appreciate our slimy, scaly friends! HerpFest 2022 will be at the Longleaf Event Center with fun for the entire family. Enjoy family-friendly crafts and interactives including reptile and amphibian-themed presentations and live animals. Joining us this year are Alabama Herpetological Society, Jacksonville State University, Cheaha State Park, Cook Museum, and the Anniston Museum of Natural History, just to name a few! During the event, enjoy a delicious lunch or snack from Izzie’s Treats and Kristi’s Classics, or get your caffeine fix at Called Coffee. This event offers guests of all ages the opportunity to learn more about our slimy and scaly friends!

While you are here, enjoy all that the Anniston Museums and Gardens has to offer! The Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum will be joining in on the fun with herp-related scavenger hunts and artifact displays.

HerpFest is $5 per person. AM&G members receive a $2 discount. Purchase tickets online at www.ExploreAMAG.org or at the door.

June 18 - Daybreak Flatwater Paddle Trip

This trip is approximately 4 miles round trip on flatwater, spans a 3 to 3 1/2-hour period and includes kayak, paddle, & personal flotation device. Fee: $30.00 for single kayak rental (tandem kayaks are available on a limited basis for $50.00). Pre-registration closes June 14, 2022 – at 5:00 p.m. To register, email Paige.Norsworthy@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 21 - Storytime at the Canyon Center 10am-11am

Join us at the Canyon Center for a nature based story time and more! Program is designed for children ages 3- 8; however all are welcome!

July

July 9 Nature Based Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Join us as we venture on to the Path To Learning behind the Canyon Center for a fun interpretive hike and family friendly scavenger hunt! Hike is an easy .9 mile journey with mostly flat terrain. Please wear footwear suitable for hiking, bring water, sun protection and a snack!

July  12- 15 - Canyon Camp For Kids

For children Grades 5-6. Hands-on environmental education, outdoor fun, arts and the exploration of the natural world is on the itinerary at Canyon Camp. Held at the JSU Canyon Center in Fort Payne, the day-long camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. Day 1 – Creek Day – encounter live amphibians in their natural habitat and in the classroom! Day 2 – Bugs and Decomposers Day - meet larger than life insects and observe their habitats in nature! Day 3 – Native People Groups Day - explore real artifacts of Native People from our area and their journey. Day 4 – Fun with STEM - create life size bubbles, experiment with elephant toothpaste, and test your own rocket! Registration is $150 and limited to 12 participants. For more information, please call 256-845-3548. Register here! 

July 23 - Hike with a Naturalist - Little Falls Trail

Free event. No registration required. Please join us on a two-mile hike on the Little Falls Trail. Meet at the main falls parking area at 10am. Hike is a moderate to hard 2 mile journey with varying terrain and over 100 stone steps to traverse into the canyon. Please wear footwear suitable for hiking, bring water, sun protection and a snack!

For more information email Fieldschool@jsu.edu or call (256) 845-3548.

July 26 - Storytime at the Canyon Center 10am - 11am

Join us at the Canyon Center for a nature based story time and more! Program is designed for children ages 3- 8; however all are welcome!

July 30 - Cane Chair Workshop 10am - 4pm

The craft of chair seat weaving and chair caning has been practiced for centuries and is still a viable craft today, experienced all over the world. Only a few common tools are necessary to repair chair seats, making this a craft that nearly anyone can master with just a little patience and tenacity. Participants will discover how to weave a simple chair bottom, while learning the herringbone pattern using flat reed. Small ladderback chairs will be provided, as well as all tools & supplies.

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 craft 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.

Fee: $150 supply fee. Pre-registration required by July 18th. Space is limited to 5 participants. Pre-registration required by emailing Brittney Hughes (NOT via Facebook). For details and to pre-register email Southernchick888@hotmail.com