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Joe Wheeler's Saturday Night Seafood Buffet
 4/17/2014 to 12/31/2015
 Saturday Night Seafood Buffet-Served every Saturday night year-round(except Parade of Lights).  Featuring All-you-can-eat Crab Legs, shrimp, fish and more!  Hours are seasonal but we always open at 5 PM.  Hope you can join us!
Email joewheeler.lodge@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5461

Canoe & Kayak Rentals
 4/17/2014 to 11/15/2014
 Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Paddle a scenic flat-water section above DeSoto Falls in Dekalb County, Alabama
DeSoto Falls Picnic Area. 7 miles from the main park area of DeSoto State Park
Perfect for individuals or groups!
 
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Friday Night Prime Rib Buffet
 4/17/2014 to 9/7/2014
Prime Rib Buffet every Friday Night 5 PM til 9 PM.   $17.95 for all the Prime Rib you can eat. 
Email JoeWheeler.Park@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5461

Southern Divisional
 4/17/2014 to 4/18/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weight-In at 2:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 60
For more information contact Jim Howard 
Call (334) 616-1918

ALL ABOUT NATURE
 4/18/2014
A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of State Parks at Lake Lurleen State Park - Highlighting The West Alabama Birding Trail, the grand opening of the Nature Center at Lake Lurleen, and Raptor Trek, a live bird of prey show. Event begins at 9:30 AM at Pavilion No. 1. Free Admission for this event.  For more information contact the park office (205) 339-1558.
Lake Lurleen State Park
Event Address:
13226 Lake Lurleen Road
Coker, Al 35452
Email lakelurleen.stpk@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 339-1558

Easter on the Mountain
 4/18/2014 to 4/19/2014
Friday Night - Puppets & a marshmallow roast!  Saturday a day of events.... Easter party, Easter Bunny visit , Egg Hunt and Egg race so much in one weekend. Fun for  all ages. This is the reason people book year after year so call now before we fill up!  Campers, Hotel, Cabin and Chalet guest contact Mary for more infomation. Bring your camera take all the photos you want with the easter bunny free!
Email Cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (100) 610-5801

7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
 4/19/2014
Join us for our 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held from 10a.m. until 2p.m. at the Dogwood and Lakeside pavilions. Ages 5 & under will hunt eggs at 11a.m. and ages 6 & up will hunt eggs at 1p.m. Activities will be going on throughout this time and include facepainting, hayrides, cake hop, and more. Some activities are $1. Park admission does apply.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Easter Egg Hunt
 4/19/2014
 Easter Egg Hunt at Joe Wheeler State Park starting at 10 AM.
Email JoeWheeler.Park@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5461

Marine Corp League Catfish Tournament
 4/19/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weight-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 50
For more information contact Micheal Garnett
Call (334) 691-5053

Coosa County Sheriff's Office Tournament
 4/19/2014
Call (256) 329-0845

Make Pucker Pouches
 4/19/2014 to 9/14/2014
 How to Make Pucker Pouches
Join Robert Wilson for a class on how to make a Pucker pouch, which is a simple bag that can be made into a necklace and even a belt pouch.  All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday April 19, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (next to the Country Store)
Fee:      $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited to 10.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Make Pucker Pouches
 4/19/2014
 How to Make Pucker Pouches
Join Robert Wilson for a class on how to make a Pucker pouch, which is a simple bag that can be made into a necklace and even a belt pouch.  All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday April 19, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (next to the Country Store)
Fee:      $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited to 10.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Make Weaved Pouches
 4/19/2014
 How to Make Weaved Pouches
There are many handy things that can be made by weaving paracord/cordage. Join Robert Wilson to learn how to make basic -weave pouches from paracord that can be used for many different things. All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday April 19, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (next to the Country Store)
Fee:      $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Joe Wheeler's Easter Sunday Buffet
 4/20/2014
Easter Sunday Buffet 11 AM til 2:30 PM.  Adults $14.95, Kids 10 & under $6.95. 
Email JoeWheeler.Park@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5461

Troy University Bass Fishing Assoc. Tourn Series O
 4/26/2014
40 boats expected weigh in 3:00pm Lakepoint Marina
Email jbrock115420@troy.edu or Call (850) 240-0056

CANCELLED - Birmingham Dragon Boat Festival
 4/26/2014
The first dragon boat race in the Birmingham Region will be held at the picturesque Oak Mountain State Park! The event will include local and regional teams coming together to race against each other in a series of heats.

The event will begin at 9 am and conclude around approximately 3 pm. Spectators are encouraged to come to Oak Mountain with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities.
 
For more information, visit www.birminghamdragonboat.com
 
 
Email info@highfivedragonboat.com

Pine Needle basketry
 4/26/2014

 Each Participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and may take home their own creation! We will teach you how to start your own pine needle basket or drink coaster. 

 

Email Chehaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 488-5111

Trail Navigation with a Map and Compass
 4/26/2014 to 4/27/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Trail Navigation with a Map and Compass 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Second trip in the series, we’ll have a brief land navigation crash course for trail hiking. Learn the ins and outs of the compass and basic map understanding and how to mark trails so you don’t get lost. We’ll hike out and do some hands on training while we are out there for the remainder of the time and will even touch on some night navigation if it the sky is clear. You will need to bring a good compass. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
Call (256) 634-8370

Little River Canyon Trivia Challenge
 4/26/2014
EARTH DAY Little River Canyon Trivia Challenge
Join Dr. James Rayburn (JSU Biology) for this fun trivia challenge which includes questions (and answers) about the Natural History
of Little River Canyon and Lookout Mountain. Participants will be divided into teams and use “clickers” to answer questions during
this fun competition. “Prizes” will be awarded to the top performers.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am - Noon
Fee: $5 per person; pre-registration required. Call 256.782.5697 for details
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 782-5697

Fly Fishing for Beginners
 4/26/2014
EARTH DAY Fly Fishing for Beginners
Join Conservation Coordinator and master outdoorsman B.J. Johnson for this fly fishing workshop. You will learn all the basics to get started on your own fly fishing adventures! This workshop will be on dry ground, not in the river. But by the end of the workshop you will be river savvy!
Date: Saturday April 26, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Fee: $20 per person; pre-registration required by Wednesday April 18th. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Call (256) 782-5697

44th Annual Earth Day & 75th Diamond Jubliee at Mo
 4/27/2014
Join us in celebration of the 44th Annual Earth Day & 75th Jubilee for the Alabama State Parks at Monte Sano State Park on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The Flint River Conservation Association and Friends of Monte Sano, invite you to join us for this Earth Day Celebration at the park.  Enter through the entry gate off of Nolen Avenue.  There will be a $5.00 per vehicle gate fee that day, and the money goes back into the park. The Monte Sano State Park is a beautiful venue in April, as it is the best month of the year for wildflowers.  Call the park for overnight reservations in one of the cozy cabins or stay in the beautiful outdoors at the campgrounds (256-534-3757). 
Monte Sano State Park
Event Address:
5105 Nolen Avenue
Huntsville, Al 35801
Email Monte.SanoStPk@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 534-3757

Bugging Out Weekend-Part 2
 5/2/2014 to 5/4/2014
 Bugging Out Weekend-Part 2 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
Part 2 of the Bugging out series. Hit the trail with your bug out bag and put it to the test. Even if you didn’t go to the first class, bring your own bug out bag and come along. This trip will test your bug out bag and its contents in a 72 hour scenario. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th, 2014
Time: Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 3:00 pm
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Storytime at the Canyon Center
 5/3/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center:
A Horse Names Funny Cide by the Funny Cide Team
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: May 3, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 782-5697

22nd Annual Wildflower Saturday
 5/3/2014
22nd Annual Wildflower Saturday
Wildflower Saturday is an annual 1-day event held in DeSoto State Park atop Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama.
Springtime at DeSoto State Park is truly beautiful, with wildflowers & trees blooming around every corner.
Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a wonderful day of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain.
DeSoto's trails can vary from fairly flat terrain to slightly steep inclines & rocky ground. Each hike is marked for its difficulty level.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear & bring along water & snacks along on the hikes. Through out the course of the day you will be able to choose from 3 separate hikes during the day, each hike with different leaders.
 Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Times: 9:00, 1:00, & 3:00 hike times, with a wildflower presentation at DeSoto's Lodge at 7:15 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. More info to come.
For any inquires contact Brittney Hughes at 256.997.5025 or email: Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov
For info on DeSoto State Park, see www.alapark.com/desotoresort
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

Toyota Bassmaster Weekend- Georgia Division
 5/3/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: up to 200
For more information contact William Benedetti (Billy) 
Email wbenedetti@americanbassangers.com or Call (256) 230-5632

2014 Military Team Bass Tournament
 5/4/2014 to 5/9/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weight-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 200
For more inpformation contact Evan Boutwell 
Email evan@americanbassanglers.com or Call (256) 230-5633

ABA Division 12
 5/10/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 30-35
For more information contact Deacon Collins 
Email deaconcoll@aol.com or Call (404) 862-4233

Spring Frog Pond Adventure
 5/10/2014
Spring Frog Pond Adventure
Experience “love” from a frog’s point of view! Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline, for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the first amphibian voices of the season. Learn to identify frog songs and get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures. Participate in Frog Watch USA. Subject to water level/drought conditions.
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where: Frog Pond (various locations…weather and water dependent)
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $3 per person. Call JSU Field Schools at 256.782.5697 for details and locations
Call (256) 782-5697

NPS Green & Gray Saturday
 5/10/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
 
Call (256) 845-9605

Stone Structures of Northeast Alabama
 5/16/2014
Campfire Talk: Stone Structures of Northeast Alabama & the Southeastern US
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Dr. Harry Holstein returns for a presentation about the stone structures found on several sites in Alabama & the SE United States that were thought to be built by the Welsh during the 12th Century.
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Fee: Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Mentone Rhododendron Festival
 5/16/2014 to 5/18/2013
Mentone Rhododendron Festival
May 16th-18 2014
Savor North Alabama's Spring beauty and enjoy arts and crafts, food, live music and more! Features arts & crafts and live entertainment in Brow Park; The Rhododendron Festival begins with a bonfire in the town square on Friday night complete with live entertainment, storytelling, marshmallow roasting and a concession stand with roasted peanuts and hot beverages. Located in historic Mentone, Alabama, 10 minutes from DeSoto State Park. Great for all ages!
www.facebook.com/MentoneAlabamaFestivals

Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
 5/17/2014
Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Dutch ovens have been in use for hundreds of years; especially when our country was expanding and families were on the move. Unable to bring their large cook stoves with them, women learned how to cook entire meals from stews & soups to bread & desserts, in their Dutch ovens. Stop in anytime and check out the basics of cooking in a Dutch oven, and sample any food we have coming off the fire!
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: Starts around 12:00 noon, till 4:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Country Store & Information Center-Fort Payne, Alabama (in case of rain demo may be moved)
Fee: Free & open to everyone; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for any info needed. OR email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Native American Tools & Weapons
 5/17/2014
Native American Tools & Weapons Demo
Join National Park Service archaeologist Larry Beane for a demonstration of how Native Americans utilized natural resources to hunt and gather food, to make weapons, to start fires, and more!
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: Starts around 12:00 noon, till 4:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Country Store & Information Center-Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: Free & open to everyone; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for any info needed. OR email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Hernando DeSoto in Northeast Alabama
 5/17/2014
Campfire Talk: Hernando DeSoto in Northeast Alabama
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Hernando DeSoto landed in North America 475 years ago on May 25, 1538. Jacksonville State University’s Dr. Harry Holstein will take you through the amazing adventures of Hernando DeSoto, one of the first European explorers, as he searches for the ancient town of "Coosa".
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Fee: Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series- Alabama South Di
 5/17/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: up to 200
For more information contact William Benedetti (Billy) 
Email wbenedetti@americanbassangers.com or Call (256) 230-5632

XTERRA
 5/17/2014 to 5/18/2014
The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs truly has something for everyone. Long-distance runners can choose to race on a half-marathon (20K) course. Others can opt to participate in the 10K and 5K races. All three courses will take place on the award-winning trails at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. Trail Runner magazine ranked Oak Mountain as one of the top 25 “Crown Jewels” of running trails across America in 2011.
 
For more information, visit www.xterraplanet.com or call 877-XTERRA1.
 
 
Email trailrun@xterraplanet.com or Call (877) 983-7721

Fire
 5/17/2014 to 5/18/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Fire  
 Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
This trip we’ll be talking about fire:  the camp fire, before we head out we’ll talk about some fire safety and basic tinder types to look for on our hike. Once at the camp site the rest of the time will be spent making different types of safe fires and going over 3 different methods of starting a fire. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: May 17th & 18th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
Call (256) 634-8370

Reel Money Team Trail
 5/17/2014
contact Wes Meadows
# of boats expected 35
Take off and weigh in at Lakepoint Marina
weigh in 3:00pm
Email wesmeadows@gmail.com or Call (229) 416-5661

Blacksmith Forging Demonstration
 5/17/2014 to 5/18/2014
 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell
Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. 
Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. 
Info on Walter’s Forge: http://www.waltersforge.com/index.html
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th, 2014
 
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Memorial Day Crafts
 5/24/2014
Come out to do some crafts to celebrate this holiday. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

ABA Couples Series Division 2
 5/24/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 25
For more information contact Deacon Collins 
Email deaconcoll@aol.com or Call (404) 862-4233

Civilian Conservation Corps
 5/24/2014
Legends on the Lookout Series: Civilian Conservation Corps
The Legends on the Lookout is a series of casual 1-hour programs in DeSoto State Park, featuring the histories of the people & the places around Lookout Mountain, Alabama. Series showcases everything from the story of Spanish Conquistador Hernando DeSoto to the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps that built DeSoto State Park.
 Read about the Legends on the Lookout at www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
The Civilian Conservation Corps
In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 75th Anniversary.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks.
Learn about these great men that built DeSoto State Park & see pictures & artifacts from the 1930-1940s.
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
Fee: Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

CCC History Hike
 5/24/2014
Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The Trail-side Shelter
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks.
In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 75th Anniversary of its dedication day, join DSP Staff on an easy/moderate hike along the yellow trail in DeSoto State Park and see structures along the way that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. See the trail side shelter that was built overlooking Little River and small stone features along the way.  Easy/moderate hike, roughly 1.5 miles
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Where: Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Country Store-Fort Payne, Alabama
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00
Fee: Free and open to the public. PLEASE RSVP by call 256.997.5025
Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended)
Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. Rain gear might be advisable to bring along in case of inclement weather.
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it is stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on (256.845.0051)
Please note: Hike conditions will be posted the day before the hike on DeSoto’s Facebook page.
Directions to Desoto State Park:
Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be
Call (256) 997-5025

Make a Roycroft Pack Frame
 5/24/2014
 How to Make a Roycroft Pack Frame
Nothing says survival like the ability and experience of making a Roycroft backpack.  This craft is an excellent lesson in self-sufficiency, outdoor survival skills, knife craft, lashing, and the use of natural materials. 
All supply will be provided for this class, tools may need to be shared or you can bring a knife and handsaw for your use. 
Date: Saturday May 24, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
Fee:     Free & open to everyone. This class will be open until all supplies are used up.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Make a Roycroft Stool
 5/24/2014
 How to Make a Roycroft Stool 
Join Robert Wilson to learn how to make a Roycroft camp stool of his own design. This craft is an excellent lesson in self-sufficiency, outdoor survival skills, knife craft, lashing, and the use of natural materials. Similar to making the Roycroft packframe, this class will teach a few basic knots & how to do a little weaving. 
Date: Saturday May 24, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
Fee:     Free & open to everyone. This class will be open until all supplies are used up.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Tri stick and Knife Safety Class
 5/25/2014
 Tri stick and Knife Safety Class
Join Robert Wilson for a class about the different types of knives used in survival. A knife safety briefing will be taught during the first portion of the class, and participants will be making a version of the Mora Kochanski tri stick, which teaches you how to use a knife and different notches.
Participants may bring their own full tang or rat tail knife (No pocket knives for safety reasons please).  A few knives will be available on a first come-first serve basis.
Date: Sunday May 25, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area, pavilion
Fee:   $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 15.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Walking and Tracking Sticks Class
 5/25/2014
 Walking and Tracking Sticks Class
Robert Wilson will be teaching this fun carving class. Participants will be carving their own walking/tracking stick for their own use. A few sticks will be available, or preferred wood sticks may be brought from home. Some knives will be available on a few come, first served basis. A knife safety briefing will start the class, so participants will need to arrive early.
Date: Sunday May 25, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m,
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area, pavilion
Fee:     $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 15.  
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

CCC History Hike
 5/25/2014
Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The CCC Quarry
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks.
In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 75th Anniversary of its dedication day, join DSP Staff on a moderate to mildly-strenuous hike to the CCC Quarry. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the original structures that you can still see in the park today. Moderate hike along mountainous terrain, mildly strenuous due to rocky terrain.  Roughly 2 miles round trip
Date: Sunday, May 25, 2013
Where: Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Country Store
Time: 10:00-12:00 Noon Central Time Zone)
Fee: Free and open to the public. PLEASE RSVP by call 256.997.5025
Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended)
Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. Rain gear might be advisable to bring along in case of inclement weather.
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it is stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on (256.845.0051)
Please note: Hike conditions will be posted the day before the hike on DeSoto’s Facebook page.
Directions to Desoto State Park:
Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. Please see
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

ABA Couples Series Division 2
 5/25/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected:25
For more information contact Deacon Collins or Dave Fox 
Email deaconcoll@aol.com or Call (404) 862-4233

Short Nature Hike
 5/25/2014
Join the Naturalist for a nature hike. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion at the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

4th Annual Memorial Day Bug (Insect) Races
 5/26/2014
Come race some bugs in the 4th Annual Memorial Day Bug Races. On your mark, get set...GO! You can bring your own bugs or look for some here. Meet at the Basketball Courts on Terrace Drive at 10a.m. Parking is available at the Beach Parking Lot (3rd lot on right). 
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama
 5/30/2014
Campfire Talk: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama
Bob Pasquill, Alabama’s devoted historian of the Civilian Conservation Corps, will present the continuing legacy of Alabama’s CCC boys.
His book, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, 1933-1942: A Great and Lasting Good (2008) covers the 100 plus camps in Alabama between 1933 and 1942, including the work projects on the first state parks in Alabama.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks.
Date: Friday May 30, 2014
Time: 8:00-9:15 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (Fort Payne, Alabama)
Fee: Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Signed books will be available. You are welcome to bring your own copy as well.
Call (256) 997-5025

CCC History Hike
 5/31/2014
Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The ‘Unfinished Bridge”
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks.
In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 75th Anniversary of its dedication day, join DSP Staff on a moderate hike to the Civilian Conservation Corp’s ‘unfinished’ Bridge. Learn the history of why the CCC left it standing and see several original structures. Moderate hike on old CCC roadbed. Almost 4 miles round trip.
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Where: Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Lodge-Lobby. Will caravan to Gilliam Loop Trailhead
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: Free and open to the public. PLEASE RSVP by call 256.997.5025
Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended)
Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. Rain gear might be advisable to bring along in case of inclement weather.
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it is stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on (256.845.0051)
Please note: Hike conditions will be posted the day before the hike on DeSoto’s Facebook page.
Directions to Desoto State Park:
Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. Please see
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

Eufaula Bass Trail
 5/31/2014
Take off at safe light from Laekpoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected 40-70
For more information contact les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

Swedish Fire Log Demonstration
 5/31/2014
Swedish Fire Log Demonstration
The Swedish fire log is a neat way to create a fire to cook over.  Join Robert Wilson for this fun demonstration where he will be showing how to create this simple design that puts out a nice flame.
Date: Saturday May 31, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store
 Fee: Free & open to everyone. 
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Build a Pocket Alcohol Stove
 5/31/2014
 How to Build a Pocket Alcohol Stove
Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. This class will be a make & take, and there will be a demo of one in use at the end of the class. All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday May 31, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (next to the Country Store)
Fee:    $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 20.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

20th Annual BUMP N Grind
 5/31/2014 to 6/1/2014
Bump N Grind returns to the trails of Oak Mountain State Park for its 20th year.
 
For more information on this mountain bike race, visit www.bumpngrindrace.com

Swedish Long Fire Log Demo
 6/1/2014
 Swedish Long Fire Log Demonstration
The Swedish long fire log is a lot like the log fire but is designed to burn all night and keep you warm in your lean-to. We will be making a smaller scale version of this but the principles will be the same. This class is open to walk-ins and it will be a demonstration ONLY
Date: Sunday June 1, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Country Store
Fee: Free & open to everyone. 
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Make a Ferro Rod and Handles
 6/1/2014
 How to Make a Ferro Rod and Handles 
Ever wanted you own custom Magnesium rod?  This class is for you.  Participants will be able to choose from different types of Magnesium rods and hand material to make their own custom Ferro Rod. All supplies will be provided.
Date: Sunday June 1, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Nature Center (next to the Country Store)
Fee:    $30.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.
 
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 6/2/2014 to 6/3/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes

Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday June 2nd & 3rd, 2014
Age/Grade: ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option). Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Fun Hours
 6/4/2014 to 6/28/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Fun Hours
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Activities during Fun Hours include group play, nature studies, arts & crafts and science experiments. Perfect for kids ages 9-12.

Session dates: Any Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday- June 4th thru June 28th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 9-12
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 per day per child. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. Fee includes sack lunch. Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Desoto Adventure Club
 6/4/2014 to 6/27/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series: Desoto Adventure Club
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The DeSoto Adventure Club takes children on an exciting journey of Desoto’s unique history and location through creative age-appropriate wilderness activities, and nature inspired art projects.
Perfect for kids ages 9-12.
Session dates: Any Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday-June 4th thru June 27th
Age/Grade: Ages 9-12
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $65 for 3 sessions. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time.
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Teen Adventure
 6/6/2014 to 6/27/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Teen Adventure
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Teenagers’ ages 13-16 can sign up for group activities including kayaking, bouldering, swimming, and hiking. After dark, Desoto after dark scene gives teenage guests a chance to meet new friends during glow-in-the-dark recreational activities and movie showings. Perfect for special groups.
Session dates: Fridays-June 6th thru June 27th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 13-16
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 per day. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Summer Survival Class
 6/7/2014 to 6/8/2014
 Summer Survival Class 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
An early summer survival class for Wilderness Survival 101. A weekend long class with a specific for the lower Appalachian mountain range and spring weather conditions. We will cover a broad range of topics from Clothing, Kits, Shelter, Fire, Water, and Rescue. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 Dates: Saturday Jun 7th & Sunday June 8th, 2014  
Time: Saturday 9:00 am - Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

ABA Division 12
 6/7/2014 to 6/8/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 30-35
For more information contact Deacon Collins 
Email deaconcoll@aol.com or Call (404) 862-4233

Storytime at the Canyon Center:
 6/7/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: June 7, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 782-5697

Alabama Free Fishing Day
 6/7/2014
Alabama Free Fishing Day
Each calendar year, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources designates a "Free Fishing Day" for the public to fish recreationally in public waters without a fishing license. 
Saturday, June 7, 2014, had been designated as Free Fishing Day.
There is an exemption of the usual fishing license requirement on that day. Some lakes may still require fees and permits, and owner’s permission is required to fish private ponds.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.
The 2014 National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1-8, 2014
Info: http://takemefishing.org/community/events-and-attractions/national-celebrations/national-fishing-and-boating-week/
 

Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard
 6/7/2014
Learn the best ways to attract the right kind of wildlife to your yard. We will be making bird feeders as part of this program. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Birds of Prey
 6/7/2014
 Campfire Talk: Birds of Prey
Join us for a great campfire talk in the Great Outdoors!
Join David Haggard, naturalist from TN state parks, for a showcase of an American Bald Eagle and various birds of prey to demonstrate each bird’s unique abilities, adaptations, predator/prey relationships, specific characteristics, natural histories, and the personal histories of each bird.
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park- Interpretive Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground. (In case of inclement weather, program will be moved to the Nature Center) Gate will open 30 minutes before program. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 
Fee: Free & open to everyone & great for all ages! Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 6/9/2014 to 6/10/2014
 Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday June 9th & 10th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee:  $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option). Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

NPS Green & Gray Saturday
 6/14/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 845-9605

Blacksmith Forging Demonstration
 6/14/2014
 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell
Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. 
Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. 
Info on Walter’s Forge: http://www.waltersforge.com/index.html
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Reel Money Team Trail
 6/14/2014
 Contact Wes Meadows
# of boats expected 35
take off and weigh in at Lakepoint Marina
weigh in time 3:00pm
Email wesmeadows@gmail.com or Call (229) 416-5661

Mountains to the Gulf
 6/15/2014 to 6/22/2014
Mountains to the Gulf
Teacher Workshop: Water Connections
Explore the state’s watershed with Legacy: Partners in EE, JSU Field Schools, Camp McDowell Environmental Center and many other partners during this eight day traveling teacher workshop.
Date: June 15-22, 2014
Where: The mountains of north Alabama at McDowell Environmental Center, DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon Center,Cleburne County Mountain Center, Cheaha State Park and Columbiana…all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island Sea Lab!
Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Daily (Transportation, lodging and meals provided by Legacy: Partners in EE)
Fee: Application/Scholarship only; visit http://legacyenved.org/  for more information.
 

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 6/16/2014 to 6/17/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday June 16th & 17th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option).  Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Week Long Adventure Camp
 6/16/2014 to 6/20/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Week Long Adventure Camp
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Camp includes games, crafts, water adventures, activities such as hiking & bouldering.
Perfect for kids ages 5-12.
Session dates: Monday-Friday-June 16th thru 20th, 2014
Age/Grade: ages 5-12.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: For park guests, $198.00 per week or $49.50 per day (Dekalb County Alabama residents’ price based on sliding scale) Fee includes sack lunch. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Campfire Talk: Spiders!
 6/20/2014
Campfire Talk: Spiders!
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Join Alabama State Park Ranger Mark Jackson to learn about common spiders of Northeast Alabama & how to identify the beneficial spiders from the ones that are dangerous to humans.
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Campfire Talk: Snakes Alive!
 6/21/2014
Campfire Talk: Snakes Alive!
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Learn about the different snake species of NE Alabama, both venomous & non-venomous; & learn how to tell the difference between the two!
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for details.
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Bassin' the Wiregrass; Bass Capitol Clash
 6/21/2014
Take off at safe light from Lkapeoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 50 +/- (100 max)
For more information contact Jared Helms 
Email jhelmsfishing@gmail.com or Call (334) 714-3486

Eufaula Bass Trail
 6/21/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

One World Backpacking Series: Water
 6/21/2014 to 6/22/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Water 
 Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Another great weekend on the trail and this weekend is all about water. We’ll have a class before heading out on the trail talking about pathogens and ways to purify your water. Once we are out on the trail we’ll have fun and boil water in some very different ways. This makes a great survival class as well, water is a very important aspect of survival and any outdoor activity. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: June 21st & 22nd, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
Call (256) 634-8370

Nature Journaling
 6/21/2014
We often want to remember what we saw or heard while out walking so let's learn how to keep a nature journal. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 6/23/2014 to 6/24/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday June 23rd-24th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option).  Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Can Snakes Crawl Backwards?
 6/27/2014
Can Snakes Crawl Backwards?
Jacksonville State University Biologist Dr. Chris Murdock will teach you all about amphibians and reptiles of Alabama...& will bring along some live creatures as well!
Date: Friday, June 27, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park Nature Center-Fort Payne, Alabama
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free and open to everyone; Great for all ages! Seating is limited
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Venomous Reptiles of Alabama
 6/28/2014
Venomous Reptiles of Alabama
Jacksonville State University Biologist Dr. Chris Murdock returns to talk about venomous reptiles: the facts, the myths and the misunderstandings of these interesting reptiles. Meet some live creatures!
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park Nature Center, Fort Payne, Alabama
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free and open to everyone; Great for all ages! Seating is limited
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

FLW/BFL Bass Tournament
 6/28/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at  2:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 150
For more information contact Leroy Hensley
Email lhensley@flwoutdoors.com or Call (270) 252-1589

Make a Soda Can Alcohol Stove
 6/28/2014
How to Make a Soda Can Alcohol Stove
Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an aluminum can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. At the end of the class there will be a demo of one in use. 
All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday June 28, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area, pavilion
Fee:  Fee and open to everyone, but Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited to 10. Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Make a Tenkara Fishing Set
 6/28/2014
 How to Make a Tenkara Fishing Set
Robert Wilson will be teaching this fun bushcraft class; he will be teaching how to make Tenkara fishing poles using pieces of bamboo poles, as well as Tenkara spools for basic fishing and some hooks. 
Date: Saturday June 28, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
Fee:      $5.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 20. 
Call 256.997.5025 for more details. www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Summer Herb Walk
 6/29/2014
 Summer Herb Walk
Join Robert Wilson & Jenny Turner on an easy meandering walk along the trails of DeSoto State Park to see several species of plants & learn some of the ways that plants have been used for food & medicine in the past. Bring a day pack with water & snacks if you wish.
Date: Sunday June 29, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store
Fee:  Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Spring Herbal Teas
 6/29/2014
 Spring Herbal Teas
Join Robert Wilson & Jenny Turner for a taste-test of teas made from certain plants found in the great outdoors. Some dried herbs will be provided with tea bags and some boiling water. Participants will need to bring a cup or bottle to use.
Date: Sunday June 29, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Country Store
  Fee:  Fee and open to everyone.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Annual Independence Day events atop Lookout Mounta
 7/4/2014 to 7/5/2014
DeSoto State Park's Annual Independence Day events atop Lookout Mountain
This annual event is fun for both children & adults!
Enjoy good ol' fashioned fun at DeSoto State Park, participate in the flag making contest, sit back & enjoy DeSoto's parade, & eat home-made ice cream at the ice cream social.
Date: July 4-5, 2014 
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or see www.Alapark.com/DeSotoResort for details.
Events:
Flag-Making Contest
Make your own homemade flag to be judged in this fun contest. All ages are welcome to participate. Materials & flag-making rules will be available at the campground pavilion in the Improved Campground starting Wednesday, July 2nd. Flags MUST be turned in no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 5th. Turn in flags at DeSoto's Nature Center. Examples of flags from year's past can be seen at the Nature Center. Free to participate!
Splish & Splash Pool Party
Join the fun at our 2nd Annual Splish & Splash Pool Party! Cool off in our Olympic-size pool, play pool games, eat home-made ice cream, & enter for door prizes!
$1.00 per person-admission fee.
Friday, July 4, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Independence Day Parade
This annual event is fun for both children & adults! Decorate your vehicle to show your spirit!
Parade will start at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Begins at DeSoto's Park Headquarters & ends in DeSoto's Improved Campground in time for the Ice Cream Social. If you wish to ride along, meet at DeSoto's Park Headquarters or Improved campground Gate a few minutes before 3:00. We would love to have you join us in celebrating our Country’s Inde
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

Flag Making and 4th of July Crafts
 7/4/2014
Let's celebrate our freedom and those that have given us the opportunity to have that freedom. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m. to make these crafts.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Lake Stomp
 7/5/2014
Get your feet wet with this event. We will be investigating what you might find in the lake or stream or even the backyard pond. Meet at the Park Office on Terrace Drive at 10a.m. and then travel to the water. Be prepared to get wet.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

2nd Annual Nories Frogfest
 7/5/2014 to 7/6/2014
 Contact Wes Meadows
# of boats expected 80
Take off and weigh in Lakepoint Marina
Weigh in time 3:00pm
Email wesmeadows@gmail.com or Call (229) 416-5661

Storytime at the Canyon Center:
 7/5/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center: 
 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: July 5, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4300 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Bush Craft Weekend
 7/5/2014 to 7/6/2014
 Bush Craft Weekend
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
Bring old school camping back to the 21st century learning outdoor skills and enjoying nature with your family. During this bush craft weekend learn projects you can do with your family while camping. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Gear list will be sent out prior to the class. 
Dates: Saturday July 5th – Sunday July 6th, 2014 
Time: Saturday 9:00 am – Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 7/7/2014 to 7/8/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes

Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday July 7th & 8th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option).  Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Desoto Adventure Club
 7/9/2014 to 8/1/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series: Desoto Adventure Club
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The DeSoto Adventure Club takes children on an exciting journey of Desoto’s unique history and location through creative age-appropriate wilderness activities, and nature inspired art projects.
Perfect for kids ages 9-12.
Session dates: Any Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday-July 9th thru August 1st, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 9-12
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $65 for sessions. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time.
Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Fun Hours
 7/9/2014 to 7/26/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Fun Hours
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Activities during Fun Hours include group play, nature studies, arts & crafts and science experiments. Perfect for kids ages 9-12.
Session dates: Any Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday- July 9th thru July 26th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 9-12
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 per day per child. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time.
Fee includes sack lunch. Call (256) 634-8370 to register.
About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
Call (256) 634-8370

Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Teen Adventure
 7/11/2014 to 7/25/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Teen Adventure
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Teenagers’ ages 13-16 can sign up for group activities including kayaking, bouldering, swimming, and hiking.  After dark, Desoto after dark scene gives teenage guests a chance to meet new friends during glow-in-the-dark recreational activities and movie showings. Perfect for special groups.
Session dates: Fridays-July 11th thru July 25th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 13-16
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 per day. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

NPS Green & Gray Saturday
 7/12/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 845-9605

Native American Pottery Workshop
 7/12/2014
Native American Pottery Workshop
Join nationally renown potter, Tammy Beane, to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago. We’ll provide the clay as well as bone needles and paddles to make designs on your pots. This workshop is very popular and fills with along waiting list. Pre-register early to assure your place.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fee: $15 adult/$5 child; Pre-registration is required. Call 256.782.5697 for details
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 782-5697

Native American Tools & Weapons
 7/12/2014
Native American Tools & Weapons
Join National Park Service archaeologist Larry Beane for a demonstration of how Native Americans utilized natural resources to hunt and gather food, to make weapons, to start fires, and more!
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: Demonstrations throughout the day (10 am – 3 pm)
Fee: Free & open to everyone; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 845-9605

Eufaula Bass Trail
 7/12/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm
# of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

Blacksmith Forging Demonstration
 7/12/2014 to 7/13/2014
Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell
Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. 
Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. 
Info on Walter’s Forge: http://www.waltersforge.com/index.html
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, July 12th & Sunday July 13th, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon
 7/12/2014

This great triathlon tradition continues, celebrating 28 years in 2014. Join us at this beautiful Alabama State Park Venue for one of the longest running triathlons in Alabama. The race honors the life of Buster Britton - one of the Birmingham area's original triathletes that lost his life in a fun run after completing the Hawaii Ironman only a short time earlier. Buster was a true inspiration for triathletes as the sport began to take shape in Alabama.

 For more information or to register, visit www.team-magic.com

Email races@team-magic.com

South Eastern Regional Championship series (SERC)
 7/13/2014
2014 US Cup East / South Eastern Regional Championship series (SERC)/ AMBC #9
DeSoto State Park-July 13, 2014 http://goneriding.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=844&Itemid=412
 

Week Long Adventure Camp
 7/14/2014 to 7/18/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Week Long Adventure Camp
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Camp includes games, crafts, water adventures, activities such as hiking & bouldering.
Perfect for kids ages 5-12.
Session dates: Monday-Friday-July 14th-18th, 2014
Age/Grade: ages 5-12.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: For park guests, $198.00 per week or $49.50 per day (Dekalb County Alabama residents’ price based on sliding scale) Fee includes sack lunch. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 7/14/2014 to 7/15/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday July 14th & 15th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option).  Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

One World Backpacking Series: Food
 7/19/2014 to 7/20/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Food 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company Nothing says a good time on the trail like a good meal on the trail. We’ll be talking about food; we’ll have a small class before we hit the trail about idea as to how to make some good backpacking food that will impress. Then we’ll hit the trail and learn how to make some cool tri-pods and cooking stands.  Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: July 19th & 20th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
Call (256) 634-8370

Reel Money Team Trail
 7/19/2014
 Contact Wes Meadows
# of boats expected 35
take off and weigh in at Lakepoint Marina
Weigh in time 3:00pm
Email wesmeadows@gmail.com or Call (229) 416-5661

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 7/21/2014 to 7/22/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday July 21st & 22nd, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option). Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Week Long Adventure Camp
 7/21/2014 to 7/25/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Week Long Adventure Camp
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Camp includes games, crafts, water adventures, activities such as hiking & bouldering.
Perfect for kids ages 5-12.
Session dates: Monday-Friday-July 21st-25th, 2014
Age/Grade: ages 5-12.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: For park guests, $198.00 per week or $49.50 per day (Dekalb County Alabama residents’ price based on sliding scale) Fee includes sack lunch. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

BGA Junior Tour come to "The Oaks" at Oak Mountain
 7/23/2014
Email www.bgagolf.org

Salamanders of Alabama
 7/25/2014
 Campfire Talk: Salamanders of Alabama
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors!
Hidden among the nooks and crannies of the outdoors is a treasure trove of interesting creatures, and salamanders are one of them. There are over 40 of these secretive creatures in Alabama. Join Jacksonville State University’s Dr. George Cline and learn what species we have here in Alabama and how to identify them.
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground 
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) 
Fee: Free & open to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256. 997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Voices of the Night
 7/26/2014
 Campfire Talk: Voices of the Night
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors!
Experience “love” from a frog’s point of view! Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline from Jacksonville State University for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the amphibian voices of the season. 
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m. (central)
Where: DeSoto State Park's Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Fee: Free & open to the Public & Great for all ages!
 Call 256. 997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Christmas in July
 7/26/2014
Who says we have to wait until December for Christmas? Let's celebrate it in July. Come out to the Campground Pavilion where we will make some ornaments and other Christmas crafts. We will meet at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Stick Sun Compass
 7/26/2014
 Stick Sun Compass + Ottoman Sun Compass Class
Join Robert Wilson for a how-to on how to set up a stick sun compass as well as an Ottoman sun compass that are easy ways to find North when in a survival situation.
Date: Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee: $5.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort

Make a Pocket Alcohol Stove
 7/26/2014
 How to Make a Pocket Alcohol Stove
Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. This class will be a make & take, and there will be a demo of one in use at the end of the class. All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Picnic Area, pavilion
Fee:    $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 20.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Friends of Lake Eufaula Spotted Bass Open
 7/26/2014
 Weighing in at Lakepoint at the Big Boat Ramp by the highway, in back corner at 1:00pm CST
# of boats expected 40
Email richardjsacco@gmail.com or Call (229) 854-0606

Basic Tracking Class
 7/27/2014
Basic Tracking Class
Join Robert Wilson for a basic class on how to look for ground tracks as well as learn some simple tracking techniques.
 Date: Sunday July 27, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at DSP Lodge
Fee: Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Sign Post Tracking Class
 7/27/2014
 Sign Post Tracking Class
Sign post tracking is a way to prep an area to lure animals in to collect or see their foot prints.  Join Robert Wilson on a short hike to see some examples of these areas and to identify any animal tracks along the way.
Date: Sunday July 27, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at DSP Lodge
Fee: Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Week Long Adventure Camp
 7/28/2014 to 8/1/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Week Long Adventure Camp
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Camp includes games, crafts, water adventures, activities such as hiking & bouldering.
Perfect for kids ages 5-12.
Session dates: Monday-Friday-July 28th-August 1st, 2014
Age/Grade: ages 5-12.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: For park guests, $198.00 per week or $49.50 per day (Dekalb County Alabama residents’ price based on sliding scale) Fee includes sack lunch. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
 7/28/2014 to 7/29/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:
Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts.
Perfect for kids ages 2-4.
Session dates: Monday & Tuesday July 28th & 29th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 2-4
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for sessions ($75.00 with lunch option).  Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. (Price does not included sack lunch)
Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Arts and the Environment Educator Workshop
 7/28/2014 to 7/31/2014
Arts and the Environment Educator Workshop: Making Connections
Join us at Alabama’s Little River Canyon and Jacksonville State University’s Canyon Center, as we explore the cultural heritage of this southern leg of the Appalachian Mountains. Participants will paddle the tranquil Terrapin Creek, and experience hands-on art including pottery, blacksmithing, “found & natural art” techniques, watercolor, creative drama and more!
Date: July 28-31, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: Application/Scholarship only; visit http://legacyenved.org/ for more information.
 

Desoto State Park Day Camp Series: Teen Adventure
 8/1/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series: Teen Adventure
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Teenagers’ ages 13-16 can sign up for group activities including kayaking, bouldering, swimming, and hiking.  After dark, Desoto after dark scene gives teenage guests a chance to meet new friends during glow-in-the-dark recreational activities and movie showings. Perfect for special groups.
Session dates: Friday-August 1st, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 13-16
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 per day. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Canyon Constellations
 8/1/2014
 Campfire Talk: Canyon Constellations
Join us for fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Learn all about the summer night sky with Jacksonville State University's Astronomer Dr. Laura Weinkauf. 
Date:      Friday, August 1, 2014
Where:  DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- CCC Pavilion in picnic area (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for details.
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Stars, Moons and Planets
 8/2/2014
 Campfire Talk: Stars, Moons and Planets
Join us for fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Learn more about the stars, the plants and their moons with Jacksonville State University’s Astronomer Dr. Laura Weinkauf.
Date:      Saturday, August 2, 2014
Where:  DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-CCC Pavilion in picnic area (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Time:  8:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Bush Craft Weekend
 8/2/2014 to 8/3/2014
 Bush Craft Weekend 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
Bring old school camping back to the 21st century learning outdoor skills and enjoying nature with your family. During this bush craft weekend learn projects you can do with your family while camping. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Gear list will be sent out prior to the class. 
Dates: Saturday August 2nd – Sunday August 3rd, 2014 
Time: Saturday 9:00 am – Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Storytime at the Canyon Center
 8/2/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center: 
 Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: August 2, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

World's Longest Yard Sale
 8/7/2014 to 8/10/2014
World’s Longest Yard Sale
August 7th-10th (always starts on the 1st Thursday of August)
Running from Gadsden, Alabama to West Unity, Ohio, this yard sale travels more than 650-miles of scenic beauty with a lot of shopping opportunities! A section of this annual event runs atop Lookout Mountain & goes straight thru DeSoto State Park.
For more info,
see: http://www.discoverlookoutmountain.com/yardsale.shtml

Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Teen Adventure
 8/8/2014
Desoto State Park Day Camp Series:Teen Adventure
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Teenagers’ ages 13-16 can sign up for group activities including kayaking, bouldering, swimming, and hiking.  After dark, Desoto after dark scene gives teenage guests a chance to meet new friends during glow-in-the-dark recreational activities and movie showings. Perfect for special groups.
Session dates: Friday-August 8th, 2014
Age/Grade: Ages 13-16
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (contact for exact location)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 per day. Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. Call (256) 634-8370 to register. About One World Adventure Company: www.oneworldadventureco.com
 

NPS Green & Gray Saturday
 8/9/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Eufaula Bass Trail
 8/9/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

Weather
 8/9/2014
Alabama often experiences some strange and severe weather. Come learn about the different types of weather we encounter. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Cooking on the Fire
 8/16/2014 to 8/17/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Cooking on the Fire 
 Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
We are continuing our food class from last month and giving everyone a chance to try out some backpacking food that they made from home. We’ll also be making some bread while we are out on the trail. We’ll also make some cooking fires to cook some untraditional camping food different ways. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: August 16th & 17th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
Call (256) 634-8370

Guided Archaeology Tour
 8/16/2014
Guided Archaeology Tour of Calhoun & St. Clair Counties
Come along with JSU’s Dr. Harry Holstein for a guided archaeology tour of various sites throughout Calhoun and St. Clair counties. We will visit Janney Iron Furnace, a 19th century battlefield and river locks, a prehistoric Indian village, and much more. Participants should bring their own lunch and drinks. Transportation is provided. Space is limited. This is one of our most of our most popular programs so register early!
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Where: Jacksonville, AL (Meeting location to be disclosed upon registration)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: $15 per person (ages 14 and older) Pre-registration is required. Call JSU Field Schools at 256.782.5697 for details
 
Call (256) 782-5697

Songs of the Civil War
 8/22/2014
Campfire Talk:
Songs of the Civil War
Join musician Tony Thomas to hear his repertoire of songs that were written during the Civil War period.
Also learn some history of the different styles of music and musical instruments used during that time.
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Where: DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages! Bring along the kids for S’mores!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Introduction to Musical Instruments of Appalachia
 8/23/2014
Campfire Talk:
Introduction to Musical Instruments of Appalachia
Join musician Tony Thomas as he introduces acoustic instruments (such as the fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin)
by using stories and songs to give the audience an appreciation for the sound & history of each instrument. Enjoy listening to the stories and songs performed by Tony.  Learn some history of different styles of music and musical instruments.
Bring your own instrument if you wish.
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Where: DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather program will be located in Nature Center)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages! Bring along the kids for S’mores!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Home-made Bow Drill Set
 8/23/2014
 Home-made Bow Drill Set & Practice Bow Drill Class 
The bow drill is a simple tool used to ignite a small pile of dried tinder, useful in making a fire. There are five basic parts to a bow drill: the bow, the bowstring, the handle, the drill, and the fireboard.
Everything you need will be supplied to make your own bow drill set; Participants may bring their own full tang or rat tail knife (No pocket knives for safety reasons please).  A few knives will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Class will start with a basic knife safety course, and during the class you will make your own spindle and heath board. A demonstration will be given on the construction and use of the bow drill, and participants will be given a collapsible bow, hand hold, dust pan and a bag to put your bow set in set in.
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 10:00-3:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee:    $20.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

MWV Fishing Team
 8/23/2014
 # of Boats Expected 40
Weigh in at Lakepoint Marina 3:00pm EST
Email trudyjean82@hotmail.com or Call (229) 366-1759

Blacksmith Forging Demonstration
 8/23/2014 to 8/24/2014
 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell
Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. 
Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. 
Info on Walter’s Forge: http://www.waltersforge.com/index.html
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, August 23rd & Sunday, August 24th, 2014
 
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Learn How to Play a Harmonica
 8/23/2014
Learn How to Play a Harmonica
Join musician Tony Thomas as he introduces this fun class meant for beginners. The student will be shown how to play simple songs on the harmonica that the whole family can play together, such as songs like Old Susanna, Amazing Grace, She' ll Be Coming Around the Mountain, etc.
The workshop is open to students of all ages.
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park's Nature Center-Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $15.00 per person(Harmonica in the key of "C" included in cost of class)
Pre-registration required, as class size is limited.
For details or to pre-register, call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov
Call (256) 997-5025

Geology of Alabama
 8/30/2014
Alabama has some of the oldest rocks around and it gives the people of Alabama some unique features to look at. Come learn about the rocks of Alabama. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

How to Make a Solar Oven
 8/30/2014
 How to Make a Solar Oven 
Join Robert Wilson in this fun and simple class for a how-to on making solar ovens from tin foil and cardboard.  He will demonstrate how to make bread and bake it in the solar oven at the end of the class.
Supplies are first come, first serve, participants are welcome to bring additional cardboard boxes and tin foil if they wish.
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee:  Free and open to everyone. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.  
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Bush Craft Baking Bread Demo
 8/30/2014
 Bush Craft Baking Bread Demonstration 
Join Robert Wilson for this fun demonstration where he will be showing how to bake bread in a bushcraft & solar oven, as well as making bannock bread and ash cakes on a stick and over the campfire.  
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Bush Craft Baking Bread Demo
 8/30/2014
 Bush Craft Baking Bread Demonstration 
Join Robert Wilson for this fun demonstration where he will be showing how to bake bread in a bushcraft & solar oven, as well as making bannock bread and ash cakes on a stick and over the campfire.  
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Dog Daze
 8/30/2014
Dog Daze: A Furry Event for Canines and their Masters
Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers for an “all about man’s best friend” day which includes treats for pets, doggie games and
stories, prizes for “best dressed” and for “best tricks” and more!
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama(15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 782-5697

Make a Noggin Cup
 8/31/2014
 How to Make a Noggin Cup 
A noggin cup is a simple wood cup that holds about a cup worth of liquid in it that can be carried on a belt and use to drink from in the outdoors. Join Robert Wilson to learn how to burn out the basic shape of a noggin cup. Class will be open as long as supplies last.
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee:     Free & open to everyone.   
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

How to Carve a Spoon and Fork
 8/31/2014
 How to Carve a Spoon and Fork 
This interesting class taught by Robert Wilson will start with basic knife safety and then everyone will be given pieces of wood to start carving out a spoon and fork along with the demonstrator. 
Participants may bring their own full tang or rat tail knife (No pocket knives for safety reasons please).  A few knives will be available on a first come-first serve basis.
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee:     Free & open to everyone.   
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Nature Walk
 8/31/2014
We will take a wal to look for different objects in nature. We will meet at the entrance to the Light Trail in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Nature Crafts
 9/1/2014
We will make some crafts using things from nature. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at 10a.m.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Medicinal Herb Walk
 9/1/2014
 Medicinal Herb Walk
Join Robert Wilson on an easy meandering walk along the trails of DeSoto State Park to see several species of plants & learn some of the ways that plants have been used for food & medicine in the past. Bring a day pack with water & snacks if you wish.
Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store
 Fee:  Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Herbal Salves Demonstration
 9/1/2014
 Herbal Salves Demonstration
Join Robert Wilson for a demonstration on how-to make a healing salve from plants for several different skin ailments.
Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Country Store
Fee:  Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Fall Survival Class
 9/6/2014
 Fall Survival Class
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
An early fall survival class for Wilderness Survival 101. A weekend long class with a specific for the lower Appalachian mountain range and spring weather conditions. We will cover a broad range of topics from Clothing, Kits, Shelter, Fire, Water, and Rescue. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: Saturday September 6th & Sunday September 7th, 2014  
Time: Saturday 9:00 am - Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Storytime at the Canyon Center:
 9/6/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center: 
 The Story of Cotton and a Celebration of Farming
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: September 6, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Call (256) 782-5697

FLW Outdoors BFL Bama #5
 9/6/2014 to 9/7/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 100
For more information contact Robert Evans 
Email revans@flwoutdoors.com or Call (270) 252-1616

Eufaula Bass Trail
 9/13/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

NPS Green & Gray Saturday
 9/13/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Little River Canyon Trivia Challenge
 9/13/2014
Little River Canyon Trivia Challenge
Join Dr. James Rayburn (JSU Biology) for this fun trivia challenge which includes questions (and answers) about the Natural History
of Little River Canyon and Lookout Mountain. Participants will be divided into teams and use “clickers” to answer questions during
this fun competition. “Prizes” will be awarded to the top performers.
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am - Noon
Fee: $5 per person; pre-registration required. Call 256.782.5697 for details
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Native Trees of Alabama
 9/13/2014
Come learn about the native trees of Alabama and some of their uses. Did you know that you can use a stem from the Dogwood as a toothbrush? We will meet at the entrance to the Treetop Nature Trail at 10a.m. Parking is available at the Beach parking lot on Terrace Drive (3rd lot on right).
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Beautiful Butterflies
 9/19/2014
 Campfire Talk: Beautiful Butterflies
Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, co-author of 'Butterflies of Alabama' to learn about the many species of butterflies in the great state of Alabama.
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Where: DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or see www.alapark.com/desotoresort for more details!
Call (256) 997-5025

Dragonflies & Damselflies
 9/20/2014
 Campfire Talk: Dragonflies & Damselflies
Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, to learn more about the fascinating life-cycle of Alabama’s Dragonflies and Damselflies. Stunning photographs to see!
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 or see www.alapark.com/desotoresort for more details!
Call (256) 997-5025

Bush Craft Fun while Camping
 9/20/2014 to 9/21/2014
One World Backpacking Series: Bush craft fun while Camping (Chairs) 
 Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
We’ll learn how to make item that will make the time we spend in the woods more fun and relaxing. We’ll be making my very own version of a stool and a cool little tripod chair. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Dates: September 20th & 21st, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Butterflies & Flutterbys
 9/20/2014
Growing Up WILD & Living Wild Family Fun: Butterflies & Flutterbys
Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers every fourth Saturday of the month for fun nature and art programs for preschool age
children.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. Call 256.782.5697 for details
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Toyota Bassmaster Weekend- Georgia Division 2 Day
 9/20/2014 to 9/21/2014
Take off at safe light from Laekpoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: up to 200
For more information contact William Benedetti (Billy) 
Email wbenedetti@americanbassangers.com or Call (256) 230-5632

Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series- Alabama South Di
 9/27/2014 to 9/28/2014
Take off at safe light from Laekpoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: up to 200
For more information contact William Benedetti (Billy) 
Email wbenedetti@americanbassangers.com or Call (256) 230-5632

Alabama Bass Federation Tournament
 9/27/2014 to 9/28/2014
Call (256) 329-0845

How to Make Hunting Shirts
 9/27/2014
 How to Make Hunting Shirts
This interesting class will give you a choice of making a simple pull-over hunting shirt from wool or canvas. Participants may finish in class or be able to finish at home. 
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Fee:  $30.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.  
Call 256.997.5025 for more details. www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Make Pocket Alcohol Stove
 9/27/2014
 How to Make Pocket Alcohol Stove 
Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. This class will be a make & take, and there will be a demo of one in use at the end of the class. All supplies will be provided.
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Fee:    $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 20.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Medicinal Herb Walk
 9/28/2014
 Medicinal Herb Walk
Join Robert Wilson & Jenny Turner on an easy meandering walk along the trails of DeSoto State Park to see several species of plants & learn some of the ways that plants have been used for food & medicine in the past. Bring a day pack with water & snacks if you wish.
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store
Fee:  Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Fall Herbal Teas
 9/28/2014
 Fall Herbal Teas
Join Robert Wilson & Jenny Turner for a taste-test of teas made from certain plants found in the great outdoors. Some dried herbs will be provided with tea bags and some boiling water. Participants will need to bring a cup or bottle to use.
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama- Country Store
  Fee:  Fee and open to everyone.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.  
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Bugging Out Weekend: Test Your Gear
 10/4/2014 to 10/5/2014
 Bugging Out Weekend: Test Your Gear
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
Test your bug out gear during the wetter and cooler weather conditions. Specific bug out classes and exercises during the weekend. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: Saturday October 4th & Sunday October 5th, 2014
Time: Saturday 9:00 am – Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Storytime at the Canyon Center
 10/4/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center: 
 The Headless Horseman by Mayne Reid
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: October 4, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

2nd Annual Nories Frogfest
 10/4/2014 to 10/5/2014
 Contact Wes Meadows
# of boats expected 80
take off and weigh in at Lakepoint Marina
weigh in time 3:00pm
Email wesmeadows@gmail.com or Call (229) 416-5661

4th Annual Fall Festival
 10/4/2014
Come join us for a fun way to celebrate fall. Some activities at the festival will be hayrides, face painting, cake walk, bobbing for apples, and more! This event will take place at the Dogwood and Lakeside Pavilions on Terrace Drive. Some activities will cost $1.
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Corn~A truly a-maizing Plant!
 10/10/2014
Campfire Talk:  Corn~A truly a-maizing Plant!
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Join geographer Kelly Gregg in a casual discussion of the origins of Native American corn, how it shaped American culture and cuisine, and how it went on to help feed the world!” Free & open to the public, bring the family along for fresh popcorn!
 Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Call 256.997.5025 OR email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
 10/11/2014
Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Dutch ovens have been in use for hundreds of years; especially when our country was expanding and families were on the move. Unable to bring their large cook stoves with them, women learned how to cook entire meals from stews & soups to bread & desserts, in their Dutch ovens. Learn the basics about Dutch ovens, how to clean & care for your cookware, AND cook (& eat!) dinner & dessert at the same time!
Starts around 4:00 p.m, located at the DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground. This is a demonstration, so the best part is when food is just coming off the fire!
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. Drop in whenever you like & check out the food!
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.?
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
Fee: Free & open to everyone; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Campfire Talk: Moonshine
 10/11/2014
Campfire Talk: Moonshine   
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Moonshining began very early in American history & for early moonshiners, making and selling alcohol wasn't just for fun or a few extra bucks — it was a means of survival. Learn about the history of moonshining in the Appalachian chain. Bring the family along for fresh popcorn! (Sorry, no samples of the moonshine) Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 P.M.-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to the Public Great for all ages!
For any info needed, call 256.997.5025 OR email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Little River Canyon Half Marathon
 10/11/2014
3RD ANNUAL Little River Canyon Half Marathon
The Little River Canyon Center will host its second annual “Little River Half Marathon.”
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 8:00 am
Fee: $50 fee; pre-registration required. See http://www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/little-river-canyon-half-marathon.html for details.
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail Ne
Fort Payne, AL 35967

NPS Green & Gray Saturday
 10/11/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Blacksmith Forging Demonstration
 10/11/2014 to 10/12/2014
 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell
Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. 
Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. 
Info on Walter’s Forge: http://www.waltersforge.com/index.html
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, October 11th & Sunday October 12th, 2014
 
Call (256) 997-5025

MWV Fishing Team
 10/11/2014
 # of boats expected 40
Weigh in Lakepoint Marina 3:00pm EST
Email trudyjean82@hotmail.com or Call (229) 366-1759

The Trail of Tears: A Journey of Injustice
 10/17/2014
 Campfire Talk: The Trail of Tears: A Journey of Injustice
At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida--land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.
To commemorate the Trail of Tears, Historian Larry Smith will present this interesting program to remember and memorialize the survival of the Cherokee people.
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (in case of inclement weather the program will be held in the nature center)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Be sure to check out Saturday’s campfire talk as well- Cherokee Folklore: https://www.facebook.com/events/476745739093256/
Call (256) 997-5025

ColorFest
 10/17/2014 to 10/19/2014
ColorFest
Savor North Alabama's autumn beauty and enjoy arts and crafts, food, live music and more!
Mentone has been a mountain getaway for tourists since the 1800s. In October, bright sunshine and clear mountain air makes Mentone a good base to see the fall colors surrounding these natural treasures. There are many other places and things to do, including visiting the local stores and eateries. Located 15 minutes from DeSoto State Park.  An event that can’t be missed!
Located in historic Mentone, Alabama, 15 minutes from DeSoto State Park.
Dates: Saturday, October 17-19, 2014 for details, see www.facebook.com/MentoneAlabamaFestivals

Alabama Bass Nation Tournament
 10/17/2014 to 10/18/2014
Call (256) 329-0845

Wind Creek Halloween Carnival
 10/18/2014 to 10/19/2014
More to be announced at a latter date.
Call (256) 329-0845

Eufaula Bass Trail
 10/18/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weight-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

Cherokee Folklore
 10/18/2014
 Campfire Talk: Cherokee Folklore
Join us for a campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! As night falls and the flames flicker, imagine the “Little People” of the Cherokee are gathering to dance in the firelight. (They love a Party!) Hear stories of their legendary history with the Cherokee
and other tales of plant and animal origins from Cherokee descendants, Jerry Coleman and Ila Hatter-Coleman.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park's Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground(in case of inclement weather, program will be held in the Nature Center)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free and open to everyone; Great for all ages! Bring along the kids for S’mores!
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.
Be sure to check out Friday's campfire talk as well-The Trail of Tears: https://www.facebook.com/events/1388315018109569/?context=create&source=49
Call (256) 997-5025

Alternative Ways to Backpack
 10/18/2014 to 10/19/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Alternative Ways to Backpack
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
After putting some trail time behind your tested gear, you may be wanting to change things up a little. Try another style of backpacking, and that's where this class comes in. I'll show you some small changes you can make to add a little change in your backpacking routine and get a little taste of a different style in your next camping trip. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.
Call (256) 997-5025

Spookapalooza!
 10/24/2014 to 10/26/2014
Spookapalooza!
At DeSoto State Park
Stoytelling, Treats, Fun, & Games!
Join us here at DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Movies, treats, games, storytelling & more are in store during this popular annual event. Grab your favorite costume, bring the family, & come stay with us!
All events are free to the public & great for all ages!
Date: October 24th-26th, 2014 
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: Free and open to everyone; Great for all ages!
Call 256.997.5025 for complete details.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150262843605258.491579.353666125257&type=3
More details & events to follow!
 
Call (256) 997-5025

All Paws Halloween Costume Contest
 10/25/2014
All Paws Halloween Costume Contest: Something Furry This Way Comes!
What creature is lurking underneath the furry coat of your dog? Is it Dracula? A fairy princess? A pirate? Join us for fun, treats and prizes!
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Fee: TBA .Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/
Call (256) 782-5697

Home-made Bow Dril
 10/25/2014
 Home-made Bow Drill Set & Practice Bow Drill Class 
The bow drill is a simple tool used to ignite a small pile of dried tinder, useful in making a fire. There are five basic parts to a bow drill: the bow, the bowstring, the handle, the drill, and the fireboard.
Everything you need will be supplied to make your own bow drill set; Participants may bring their own full tang or rat tail knife (No pocket knives for safety reasons please).  A few knives will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Class will start with a basic knife safety course, and during the class you will make your own spindle and heath board. A demonstration will be given on the construction and use of the bow drill, and participants will be given a collapsible bow, hand hold, dust pan and a bag to put your bow set in set in.
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 10:00-3:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Picnic Area
Fee:    $20.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Make a Pocket Alcohol Stove
 10/26/2014
 How to Make a Pocket Alcohol Stove 
Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. This class will be a make & take, and there will be a demo of one in use at the end of the class. All supplies will be provided.
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Fee:    $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 20.
 Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
Call (256) 997-5025

Hobo Mess Kit Demonstration
 10/26/2014
 Hobo Mess Kit Demonstration
Join Robert Wilson for a demo on how to put together a useable hobo mess kit super cheap, as well as making a hobo stove and a pot and bail to cook in.
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Fee:  Free & open to everyone.
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details. 
DeSoto State Park: www.Alapark.com/desotoresort
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Bush Craft Weekend
 11/1/2014 to 11/2/2014
Bush Craft Weekend 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
Bring old school camping back to the 21st century learning outdoor skills and enjoying nature with your family. During this bush craft weekend learn projects you can do with your family while camping. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Gear list will be sent out prior to the class. 
Dates: Saturday November 1st – Sunday November 2nd 
Time: Saturday 9:00 am – Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Storytime at the Canyon Center
 11/1/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center:
Chickadee’s Message by Douglas Wood
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: November 1, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/

Canyon Fest
 11/1/2014
Canyon Fest
Join us for this 6th annual celebration of nature! Enjoy live music, nature & arts
activities, nature & arts demonstrations, great food, vendors, children’s activities
& fun at this festival designed to celebrate our natural world.
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: No Fee; Donations welcome. Great for all ages! For details call JSU Field Schools at 256.782.5697

Friends of Lake Eufaula Spotted Bass Open
 11/1/2014
 # of boats expected is 40
Weighing in at Lakepoint Marina Big Boat Ramp by the highway in back corner
at 1:pm CST
Email richardjsacco@gmail.com or Call (229) 854-0606

Green & Gray Saturday
 11/8/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

Guided Archaeology Tour
 11/8/2014
Guided Archaeology Tour of Cherokee and DeKalb Counties
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.
Space is limited so register early!
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: Near Fort Payne, AL (Meeting location disclosed at registration)
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $15 per person (Ages 14 and over); pre-registration required. Call JSU Field Schools at 256.782.5697

Eufaula Bass Trail
 11/8/2014
Take off at safe light from Laekpoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected:40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

F4R Outdoors 2014 Classic
 11/8/2014 to 11/9/2014
Fishing 4 Reel Outdoors 40 Boats expected weigh in 4pm Saturday 3pm Sunday
Email f4routdoors@gmail.com or Call (704) 840-7536

Eufaula Bass Trail
 11/9/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 2:30pm CST
# of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock
(229)317-0150
billmurdock20@yahoo.com 
Email les.bigbitebaits@gmail.com or Call (334) 726-5697

River Rats Classic
 11/15/2014
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina
Weigh-In at 3:00pm CST
# of boats expected: 35-50
For more information contact Matt Carden 
Email mcarden21@gmail.com or Call (334) 400-3026

Tent & Hammock Camping
 11/15/2014 to 11/16/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Tent & Hammock Camping
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Tent & Hammock camping.....even in the Winter! Winter would be the perfect time to talk about tents and hammocks. We will talk about some different kinds of tents for winter camping, and some simple ways adding some warmth to a cold tent. Most of the class time will be spent talking about hammock camping, and how to stay warm. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: November 15th & 16th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.

Native American Pottery
 11/22/2014
Native American Pottery Workshop
Join expert potter, Tammy Beane, to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago. We’ll provide the clay as well as bone needles and paddles to make designs on your pots.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fee: $5 pp Call JSU Field Schools at 256.782.5697 for details.

Native American Tools & Weapons
 11/22/2014
Native American Tools & Weapons
Join National Park Service archaeologist Larry Beane for a demonstration of how Native Americans utilized natural resources to hunt and gather food, to make weapons, to start fires, and more!
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: Demonstrations throughout the day (10 am – 3 pm)
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call the National Park Service at 256.845.9605 for details.

TELLABRATION!!
 11/22/2014
TELLABRATION!!
Storytelling in the Canyon
The International Tellebration is a worldwide event devoted to storytelling. This grass-roots movement is endorsed by the National Storytelling Network. Storytellers from AL, GA, and TN and other states gather for this event. You don’t want to miss it!
If you are a storyteller, contact us at 256-782-5697 for information on performing.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Visit www.tellabration.org for more info about International Tellabration.

Storytime at the Canyon Center
 12/6/2014
Storytime at the Canyon Center:
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean & Eric Litwin
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: December 6, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/

A Cheery Canyon Christmas
 12/6/2014
A Cheery Canyon Christmas
An enchanting day full of holiday programs such as winter wildlife feeding, sustainable giving, Christmas arts & crafts,
secret Santa gift shop, photos made with SANTA, storytelling and more!!
Date: Saturday December 6, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Fee: Most programs are free…call 256.782.5697 for details  for specific schedule.
Info on the Little River Canyon Center: www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/

Winter Survival Class
 12/6/2014
 Winter Survival Class
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
An early winter survival class for Wilderness Survival 101. A weekend long class with a specific for the lower Appalachian mountain range and spring weather conditions. We will cover a broad range of topics from Clothing, Kits, Shelter, Fire, Water, and Rescue.
Dates: Saturday December 6th-Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Time: Saturday 9:00 am - Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Winter Backpacking
 12/6/2014 to 12/7/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Winter Backpacking
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Winter Backpacking....it's not time to pack it in yet!
Just because it is a little cold or maybe there’s a bit of snow on the ground doesn’t mean backpacking season is over. Dress for the cold because we will be talking about the proper clothing and gear, how to stay dry, & how to dry your clothing and shoes. In the last backpacking class of 2014 we will talk about alternative backpacking methods for the snow so your camping season doesn’t have to stop.
Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.

Green & Gray Saturday
 12/13/2014
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

St. Patricks Day (Weekend)
 3/14/2015 to 3/17/2015
Green Beer or sprite! Irish Specials for Lunch Saturday & Tuesday. Saturday Dinner Irish Buffet!   
Email cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (800) 610-5801

Guided Nature Walk
 4/7/2017 to 4/7/2014
Location:  Meet at the Nature Center.

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Free to the public.

Meet our park guide at the Nature Center and we will take a walk on one of the trails in the park.  $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
 
Call (251) 948-7275