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13 September 2007

Enjoy Cool Nighttime Temperatures:
JSU Family Weekend at DeSoto State Park

JSU Field Schools and DeSoto State Park will offer fun activities Friday night (Sept. 14), all day Saturday and Saturday night (Sept.  15) for families who want to learn about nature together.

Join JSU Field Schools' Renee Morrison and Dr. Frank Romano for fun “live animal” Campfire Talks on 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 - September 14-15

"Can Snakes Crawl Backwards? (And Other Creepy Crawly Stuff!)"
Friday - September 14, 2007
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Did you know that snakes cannot crawl backwards? Join Renee Morrison for this interesting show about live reptiles.

"Bear Hunt! - Tardigrades (Water Bears)"
Saturday - September 15, 2007
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join JSU's Dr. Frank Romano as he leads the search for these tiny microscopic creatures and introduces you to a popular group of animals known as Tardigrades or water bears!

Casual Canyon Hike - September 15

Register for the family Casual Canyon Hike Saturday, September 15, 2007 on DeSoto State Park Trails. Meet at the DeSoto State Park Nature Center. The fee for the hike is $5 per person. The hike is set for 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Little River Canyon area as summer comes to a close on an easy hike with the fascinating historian and geologist, Dr. Kelly Gregg. Highlights will include the Canyon’s sandstone rocks, fossils, river views, and signs of resident animals. Fall wildflowers and fruits will be on full display. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Pre-registration is required.

For lodging information, call 1-800-ALA-PARK or visit

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

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