Upcoming Canyon Center Events

Field School Programs

August

August 13 - Hike with a Naturalist - Eberhart Trail

Free event. No registration required. Join us on a strenuous 1.5 mile hike on Eberhart Trail. Meet at the Little River Canyon Center at 10am. Hike is a strenuous 1.5 mile journey with varying steep terrain to traverse into the canyon. Due to the strenuous nature of this trail it is not recommended for children or pets. Cell phones have little to no reception in the canyon. Please wear footwear suitable for hiking, bring water, sun protection and a snack! 


For more information email Fieldschool@jsu.edu or call (256) 845-3548.

 

August 20 - Longleaf Pine Needle Basketry Class

Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history. Join artist Brittney Hughes to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation (or the start of one). The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples. Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts. Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 10 and up.

Pre-registration is required, as participation is limited to 10 in a class. Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. Time: 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (CST) Fee: $30 supply fee- Supply fee due day of class.

Pre-registration required by emailing Brittney Hughes (NOT via Facebook); class number is limited in size. For details and to register email Southernchick888@hotmail.com

 

September

September 3 - Hike with a Naturalist - Vulture Awareness Day

Free event. No registration required. Join us on a hike to ______ Meet at the Little River Canyon Center at 10am. Hike is a _____ mile journey with varying steep terrain to traverse into the canyon. Due to the strenuous nature of this trail it is not recommended for children or pets. Cell phones have little to no reception in the canyon. Please wear footwear suitable for hiking, bring water, sun protection and a snack! 


For more information email Fieldschool@jsu.edu or call (256) 845-3548.

 

September 11 - Fly Fishing Casting Workshop 

Fly Fishing 101 Workshop September 11, 2022, at the Little River Canyon Center. Join Dr. Tim Lindblom to learn the basics to get started on your own fly fishing adventures! We discuss gear selection, knots, fly selection, and casting instructions.  Participants will get hands-on experience and the opportunity to make that first catch! Ages 14 and over are welcome. Register today! Spots are extremely limited! Date: Sunday,  September 11, 2022. Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL. Time: 3 pm - 6 pm. Fee: $75 per participant. What to Bring: Please bring water, sun protection and a snack. All equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

For more information email Fieldschool@jsu.edu or call (256) 845-3548.

October

October 8 - Canyon 1/2 Marathon

One of the most scenic half marathons in the country, the certified course loops 13.1 miles on paved roads, starting and ending at the Little River Canyon Center. Starting at 8:00 am, the first 5 miles of the run will follow the Little River Canyon National Preserve's scenic and sometimes challenging rim of the canyon, as the remainder winds through gently rolling farm country including Randy Owen Drive and his famous Tennessee River Music Hereford and Angus cattle ranch. Randy and Kelly Owen are often on hand at the 6 and 8 mile water station pitching Fig Newtons, energy GU and drinks.
Awards ceremony to follow.
Event details and schedule
Registration is set at:
$50 prior to August 1st (mail-in) or $50 prior to August 1st (active.com)
$65 after August 1st $75 day of race
Please come Friday October 7th for early registration and packet pickup - starting at 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Packet pick up and registration will also begin 7:00am on race day! Please park in the event parking lot on race day.

October 15 - Anniston Museum WILD SOUTH Live Animal Program at The Little River Canyon Center

Join us at the Little River Canyon Center for the Anniston Museum of Natural History WILD SOUTH live animal program! Learn about the amazing diversity of animals that are native to the southeastern United States, specifically Alabama and Georgia! Meet some notorious endangered species and learn about ongoing conservation efforts. 

No Registration Required. Program begins at 11am - 12pm. 

October 22 - JSU Field School Black Bear Program at the Aniston Museum 

October 29 - Guided Archaeology Tour 

Come along with JSU archaeologist Dr. Harry Holstein for a guided tour of sites throughout Cherokee and DeKalb counties. Participants will visit the 19th century Cornwall Iron Furnace, a Spanish contact site at Coosa village, a rock shelter in use as early as 3000 B.C., and much more. This will be an unforgettable all-day event. Bring your own food and drinks. Transportation is provided. This tour is expected to be completely booked. Registration will open at the end of August

 

Looking Ahead

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