New Year Brings New Opportunities to Get Outdoors With JSU Field Schools


Saturday, January 12

Take a Hike- Pinhoti Trail
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Meet at Winn Dixie, Jacksonville; Hike the northern portion of trail

JSU Field Schools will offer a Pinhoti Trail Hike on January 12, 2013. Join Anniston Outdoor Association to hike a different section of the Pinhoti Trail each month (Jan-Dec). This hike is free for members of the Anniston Outdoor Association (visit for more info or to join the association). For non-members the fee is $5 per person.

North Pinhoti Hike:  This will be a 7.8 mile hike over Indian Mountain beginning at the Salem Church Road crossing located off of US 278 east of Piedmont and ending at the Jackson Chapel Road in Georgia. This is the most northern section of the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama and is characterized by rocky terrain, ledges, some steep ascents/descents, and several scenic overlooks. The departure time and location for this hike is 8:00 a.m. from the Winn Dixie parking lot in Jacksonville, AL. Please contact Keith Hudson by phone at 256.239.8746 or by email at if you would like additional information or plan to participate in this hike.

Take a Hike- Little River Canyon
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join National Park Service Mary Shew and DeSoto State Park Naturalist Brittney Hughes for an interpretive hike at Little River Canyon. This is a moderate to difficult hike due to incline and walking on river rocks. Meet at 9 am at the Little River Canyon Center and caravan to hike start point. For more information or to register for this hike (registration required 5 days prior to hike) contact JSU Field Schools at 256-782-8010. No fee.

Second Saturday Space Safari- Larry Cat in Space
4-5 p.m.
JSU Planetarium, Martin Hall, third floor

Join JSU Field Schools to travel through space and explore planet Earth during these exciting programs for families and children. Admission is $5 per adult, $2 per child. Pre-registration encouraged, especially for groups. Please call 256-782-8010 to register.

Saturday, January 19

Wilderness Survival 101
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
JSU Little River Canyon Center

Let your instincts come alive and learn to survive.  JSU Field Schools, Alabama State Parks and National Park Service staff will teach hands-on methods of basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire and getting found. Skills are similar to those shown on popular TV. This program will be OUTSIDE, hands-on, hiking, collecting materials with hands so wear appropriate clothing for a cold winter day in the wilderness. Participants will be sitting on the ground, crawling on the ground as necessary, and will get “dirty” so to speak. Dress in layers. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water/drink. Pre-registration required; call 256-782-8010 to register

Fee:       $10 adult; $5 child/student (ages 15—22); children ages 3- 14 may want to attend the free Wild Survival Growing Up WILD or Living Wild programs being offered concurrently as a compliment to this program.

Growin' Up Wild for PreK-1st Graders- Food, Water and Shelter
11 a.m. - noon
JSU Little River Canyon Center

Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers for fun nature and art programs for preschool age children. This program is based on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Project Wild: Growin' Up Wild Curriculum. No fee. Some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged.

Living Wild for 2nd-5th Graders- Wild Survival
1 - 2 p.m.
JSU Little River Canyon Center

Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers for fun nature programs including hikes, crafts, games, nature talks, activities and more. No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. Call 256-782-5697 or email to register.

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