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9 August 2007

JSU & DSP Offer Family Weekend
at DeSoto State Park

James Wynn Campfire Ring - Site of Weekend Nature Programs at DeSoto State Park during the Summer Season.

JSU Field Schools and DeSoto State Park will offer fun activities Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night, August 10-11, for families who want to learn about nature together. DeSoto State Park teams with JSU Field School to bring you a series of interpretive programs intended to educate the public about all things nature.

Join JSU's environmentalist toxicologist Dr. James Rayburn for Campfire Talks Friday and Saturday nights. See programs listed below. DeSoto's Campfire Programs are free to the public. Programs will be located  at Campfire Ring in DeSoto's Campground. In case of rain, the event will be located at the Nature Center. Bring Chairs as seating facilities are limited.

Campfire Talks - August 10-11

"Frog Metamorphosis"
Friday - August 10, 2007
8:00 p.m.

Explore how amphibians transform from a single cell to the wonderful hopping creatures we adore with JSU's Dr. James Rayburn.

"Venomous Organisms of Alabama"
Saturday - August 11 2007
8:00 p.m.

Some plants and animals really get your attention with their special lines of defense. Toxicologist Dr. James Rayburn of JSU will present this program on a variety of species that can cause pain, injury, or even death.

Make it a weekend to remember…stay at lovely DeSoto Lodge and join in a wildflower hike Saturday morning from 9:00 - 11:00 (2 hours) ! The hike covers the Beaver Pong Trailhead area.  Meet at the power lines on Highway 176 by Lynn Overlook.

The hike is one of the Little River Canyon National Preserve programs. For more information about DeSoto State Park, visit their Web site:  There is no fee and registration is not required for the wildflower hike.

For more information or to register for a program, contact JSU Field Schools at 256-782-5697 or email

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