Upcoming Canyon Center Events

Field School Programs


February 2023


February 11 - Hike with a Naturalist - Eberhart Trail

Join the JSU Field School staff on a monthly hike as we hit the trail and explore Little River Canyon National Preserve. Join us on beautiful outdoor adventure hike to Eberhart Point. This hike is a challenging, arduous and steep 2-mile hike. Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather.

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check with the park before leaving home. Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2022

Where: JSU’s Little River Canyon Center

Time: 10:15 am (CST) For more details contact 256-845-3548

February 11 - Bewitching Baskets-Weaving a Reed Carrier Basket 
Reed Carrier Basket

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. 

Time: 9:00 – 4:00 (CST) 

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

Fee: $130 supply fee. Pre-registration required by January 27. 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

February 17 - Tad of Jazz - 5-10pm - Winter Jazz Dinner Show

Winter Jazz Dinner Show. Featuring TAD of Jazz & Aubrey Itson Friday, February 17, 2023 Doors open at 5:00 pm for social hour & silent auction Dinner at 6:00 P.M. music begins at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets $75 in advance! Includes 3 course dinner featuring a local beef roast from TRM's The Market. Coolers are welcome. Dinner & Concert Proceeds benefit environmental education programs at Little River Canyon Center.

Reservations must be made no later than February 10th.

February 25 - Fly Tying Workshop

The Little River Canyon Center is excited to offer a Fly Tying 101 Workshop! Catching a fish on a hand tied fly that you tied can be an extremely rewarding experience! Learn the art of tying fishing flies with Dr. Tim Lindblom. Join us for hands on instruction to tie highly effective flies for local bass and bream and how to catch fish with the flies you tied.

Each participant will create their very own flies to take home or trade. Be sure to join us in the spring for Fly Fishing 101 on April 29th to make your fist catch!

All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own tying equipment. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Email rmtaylor@jsu.edu for more information. Ages 14 and up.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 Time: 3 pm – 5 pm (CST Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama) Fee: $35 per participant. Pre-registration required by February 13th. Space is limited to 8 participants.

 Space is limited to 8 participants.

Register Here!


March 2023 


March 2 - Canyon Kids 10am - 11am

Canyon Kids-Animals Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors to creatively learn about animals, plants, bugs, and more with JSU Field Schools. Your children (ages 3 years-3rd graders) will want to attend ALL of these hands-on outdoor adventures!

Date: Friday, March 2, 2023

Time: 9:00 am—10:00 am (CST)

Where: Little River Canyon Center Pre-registration required, for more details and for pre-registration call 256-845-3548 or email rmtaylor@jsu.edu Limit 15 students

March 3 - Day of Unplugging 
March 4 - Archaeology Tour - Sacred Stone Structures - Class is FULL

* This class is currently FULL. Email rmtaylor@jsu.edu to be placed on the wait list.

Rock mounds, stone effigy structures and more! Join JSU archaeologist, Dr. Harry Holstein, for this fascinating hike in the Mountain Longleaf Refuge near White Plains, AL. The group will begin with a 45 minute ‘Sacred Stone” program in the Archaeology Lab at JSU. Hikes are moderately difficult with some steep, short trails on uneven surfaces to get to these structures.

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Where: Meet in Room 142 Martin Hall (JSU Campus)

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (CST)

Fee: $40, pre-registration required, for more details call 256-845-3548 or email rmtaylor@jsu.edu. Limited availability. Ages 14 and up.

Sunday March 12 - Longleaf Pineneedle Basketry Class - 10am - 3pm

Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history. Join artist Brittney Hughes to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation. The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples.  Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts.  Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 10 and up.

When: Sunday, March 12, 2023

Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama

Time: 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (CST)

Fee: $25 supply fee- Supply fee due day of class Pre-registration required.

For details and registration, email Brittney Hughes at Southernchick888@hotmail.com.

March 18 - Dutch Oven Demo Cooking

Dutch ovens have been in use for hundreds of years; especially when our country was expanding, and families were on the move. Unable to bring their large cook stoves with them, women learned how to cook entire meals from stews & soups to bread & desserts, in their Dutch ovens. Learn the basics about Dutch ovens, how to clean & care for your cookware, AND cook (& eat!) dinner & dessert at the same time! Starts around 10:00 am, located at JSU's Little River Canyon Center. This is a demonstration, so the best part is when food is just coming off the fire- drop in whenever you like & check out the food!Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023Time: 10 am – 2 pm (or until the food runs out)Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center Call 256-845-3548 for more details

March 28 - 31 Spring Break Programs

Stay tuned for more details on our fun and exciting week of spring break programs!