Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects

Little River Canyon Center

JSU Canyon Center Open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. We will be closed for the Holidays on December 24th,25th, 31st and January 1st.

An Update from the Director...
We are very happy to announce that the Canyon Center is open, and we no longer require appointments! Current hours are Tues-Sat 10 am through 4 pm. We will be closed for the Holidays on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st. 
Please be patient as we are still operating under limited capacity and hours. As more than half of Alabamians haven’t been vaccinated, masks are still very much appreciated.
Pete Conroy, Director  
Little River Canyon Center

Mission Statement

To work closely with organizations, government, business, and the public to guide and provide sound programs and policies that encourage economic development through sustainable practices, the protection of natural, recreational and cultural resource. The department has a particular emphasis toward the creation of jobs and education for all people.

Let this be your base of information for environmental protection, outdoor education, and adventure in northeast Alabama.

We strive to implement environmental, cultural, and heritage-based protection that fosters both economic development and growth. We believe our economy will strengthen through the promotion of smart growth and other positive forces, like environmental protection, tourism and sustainability. Our work has led to the federal designations of places like the Little River Canyon National Preserve, the Dugger Mountain Wilderness, and the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge.