Upcoming Canyon Center Events

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Canyon Center Events and Holiday Closures- November 25, Center Closed; December 11, Canyon Christmas; December 20, Hike with a Naturalist; December 24 and 25, Center Closed; December 31 and January 1, Center Closed; January 1, First Day Hike; Canyon Center Hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Canyon Christmas December 11 from 11 am - 2 pm; Free activities including Christmas Crafts, Gift Shop, A Visit with Santa; A holly Jolly good time at the Shop at Little River Canyon Holiday Open House, Thursday December 16, 10 am until 6 pm; Come enjoy exclusive sales and specials, holiday treats and complimentary gift wrapping

Canyon Center Winter Jazz Dinner Show featuring a Tad of Jazz, February 11, Doors open at 5 pm with music at 6 pm, tickets coming soon

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November 2, 2021

Issue No. 28


Don't Miss the 12th Annual Canyon Fest Celebration

This Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Live Animal Programs, Arts, Crafts, Face Painting, Food & Fun for the Entire Family

Dogs welcome


12th Annual Canyon Fest: “A Celebration of Art & Nature”

Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fort Payne, AL-- Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center is pleased to announce the 12th annual Canyon Fest set for Saturday, November 6, 2021. Designed to encourage an appreciation for the environment and local culture the JSU Canyon Center has organized a day filled with local music, food, art, and fun for the entire family. The festivities for the day also include live animal programs, art sales and demonstrations, art activities and exhibits. Canyon Fest is free and open to everyone. Dog are welcome on leashes. 

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You Are Invited!

Join Carlos Salamanca


5:30 pm at Little River Canyon Center

Meet scientist, chef and explorer Carlos Salamanca and through his stories, explore the Hato La Aurora Nature Reserve in Colombia, South America. Learn about wild jaguar, anaconda, capybaras, anteaters, iguana, piranha, as well as the region’s rich bird and plant life. Experience the culture, language and traditions of the people. No cost. 

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Fall Photography Workshop

November 5-6

There are still a few spots available! 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). 

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Canyon Fest Schedule

Sat. Nov. 6th 10 am - 4 pm

  • 10:00 am Canyon Fest begins!
  • Art activities, art sales, demonstrations, food, and music will continue throughout the day with the following scheduled events:
  • 10:00 am-Noon
  • Matt Downer: Old Time Fiddle & Banjo
  • 11:00 am
  • Live Animal Show: Fantastic Creatures with Animal Tales
  • 2:00 pm
  • Live Animal Show: Fantastic Creatures with Animal Tales 
  • Noon- 2:00 pm
  • The Whistlebees: Old Time Appalachian Harmonies
  • 4:00 pm Festival Close
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Little River Canyon Center  |  4322 Little River Trl NE Fort Payne, AL

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Canyon Center News
August 25, 2021
Issue No. 26
News & Events from Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Center
An Update from the Director...
First of all, we are pleased to announce Bluegrass on the Rim 2021 will air this Saturday at 7 pm on Alabama Public Television. Check out this 30 second promo  on our Facebook page and please share!
On a low note, COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to surge in our area and in a effort to control the spread JSU now requires masks in all JSU buildings. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Additionally, we are encouraging all eligible candidates to get vaccinated, as directed by their doctor, to protect our campus and community. We want to keep our doors open and most importantly, we want to keep our guests, volunteers, students and employees safe. 
Tune in this Saturday at
7 pm for the 8th annual Bluegrass on the Rim Concert
Visit the Canyon Center Tues-Sat 10 am til 4 pm. Don’t forget your mask, but if you do we have you covered.
Pete Conroy, Director   
Little River Canyon Center 
Upcoming Field School Programs
September 11: Wood Burning Workshop
September 20: iNaturalist Hike *
September 25: Medicinal Plant Workshop
October 2: Herp Camp for Kids
notates free program
For more info or to register for a program
call (256) 845-3548 or email fieldschool@jsu.edu
Follow us on Facebook to experience more classes, adventures & events
Register Today for the Canyon Half
9th Annual Canyon Half Marathon Sat. Oct. 9th 2021
Join Speedy Sal on October 9, 2021 at 8 am and experience one of the most scenic and challenging certified half marathon courses in the country.  Sign-up by September 14th to guarantee a race shirt!
Save $5 when you register using promo code CANYONHALF21
Calling All Artists!
The Shop at Little River Canyon
Open Tues-Sat | 10 am - 4 pm
Shop local & support environmental education
The Shop at Little River Canyon features a wide variety of unique, eco-friendly and USA made merchandise, many exclusive to the Canyon Center!
COVID-19 Updates
The Canyon Center is currently open Tues - Sat 10 am - 4 pm. Please be patient as we will be operating under limited hours and capacity. Masks and vaccinations appreciated!

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The Canyon Half Marathon has returned

9th Annual Canyon Half Marathon


Registration is set at:

  • $50 early registration
  • $70 day of race

Please come Friday for early registration and packet pickup - starting at 2:00pm until 5:00pm.  

Packet pick up and registration will also began 7:00am on race day!

Checks may be made out to The "Little River Canyon Half Marathon" and mailed to JSU Field Schools JSU McClellan Center 100 Gamecock Drive, Suite 1156, Anniston, AL 36205.

Proceeds go to outdoor education programs and local conservation efforts at Little River Canyon.