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Joe Wheeler's Saturday Night Seafood Buffet
 8/22/2014 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
 8/22/2014 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
 8/22/2014 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

Weather Wonders
 8/22/2014
 Campfire Talk: Weather Wonders
Join us for a fun campfire talk located in the Great Outdoors!
Meteorologist Tim Troutman with the National Weather Service will be providing a severe weather safety presentation that will highlight all of the weather hazards that affect residents in north Alabama. Some of the topics that Tim will discuss will include: Severe storms, tornadoes, flash flooding, lightning safety, winter weather and weather safety. 
Date: Friday, August 22, 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 Or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
 
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

Lake Martin Car Show Hosted by Wind Creek
 8/23/2014
On August 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wind Creek State Park will host a Lake Martin Car Show.  Come celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Alabama State Parks by participating in the 2014 Lake Martin Car Show.  The first (75) cars will be presented with a 75th Anniversary Dash Plate.  There will be door prizes : $1,200 money tree - 50/50 drawing with proceeds going towards the Wind Creek State Park Fall Festival.  Pre-registration fee is $15.00 and the day of the event registration will be $20.00.  Checks can be made payable to "Lake Martin Car Show".  Call the park office for more details or overnight reservations (256) 329-0845.
Wind Creek State Park
Event Address:
4325 Alabama Highway 128
Alexander City, Al 35010
Email WindCreek.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 329-0845

History Day
 8/23/2014
 History Day: Searching for Park Stories
Storyteller Leanna Piskorz will speak on the life of Betsy Pack at 10:30 AM. Betsy Pack was a Cherokee woman who lived in Whitwell, Tennessee, moved into this area, and left on the Trail of Tears. That is not the entire chronicle in the exciting, if not terrible times for people in this area. 
Guest speaker Adel Stephens will present the second program at 1 PM, telling and showing information about the old Canyonland Park that so many people remember, from the Eberhart Point area of Little River Canyon. She worked there during the time the chairlift took people to the bottom of the canyon. 
Do you know of a great story from this area?
You are invited to share your history of Little River Canyon & the surrounding areas such as Fort Payne, DeSoto State Park, Mentone, etc. Come tell your story, bring documents, artifacts, and pictures to the Little River Canyon Center on Sunday, August 23, 2014. This History Day is from 10 AM until 3 PM. Visitors are asked to bring their old photos, articles, and stories to tell about the park AND the local area.
 
How was Little River Canyon used by your family? What was the local area like in the past? What was life like for your family?
We want to digitally record documents, photos, and family stories. We will preserve and share your stories with future visitors and researchers, if the owner allows. If disaster should strike your family treasures, these copies would be a backup (We do not want or need to keep your original family heirlooms.)
We will have a copy stand, scanner, and video camera to copy items. Contact Little River Canyon National Park at (256) 845-9605 to set up a time to have materials copied & photographed or for your stories to be videoed.
Fee: Both programs are free and open to everyone. For more deta
Call (256) 845-9605

Ice Cream Making!
 8/23/2014
Cool off on a hot sunny day with ice cream that you will make using a Ziploc bag! All supplies will be provided. Location: Pool Fee: $1.00 Time: 2:00PM
Email cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 488-5115

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

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

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

Sandstone Glades of Lookout Mountain
 8/29/2014
 Campfire Talk: Sandstone Glades of Lookout Mountain
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! A glade is an open area where the bedrock is at or near the surface, and where soils are so thin, trees and shrubs find it difficult to grow, yet you’ll find thriving, rare and unique plant communities that depend on the chemistry and conditions the environments provide. 
Through hot and dry summers and cold and wet winters, beautiful and tough plants live on in these sunny and hostile islands of rock among the sea of shady forests.
 Join Michelle Reynolds for a slideshow on sandstone glades of Lookout Mountain, Little River Canyon, and DeSoto State Park. Learn about this unique environment and the rare and beautiful plants that inhabit it.
Date: Friday, August 29, 2014 (Labor Day Weekend)
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
Call (256) 997-5025

Sandstone Glade Plant Walk
 8/30/2014
 Sandstone Glade Plant Walk
Through hot and dry summers and cold and wet winters, beautiful and tough plants live on in these sunny and hostile islands of rock amongst the sea of shady forests.
A glade is an open area where the bedrock is at or near the surface, and where soils are so thin, trees and shrubs find it difficult to grow, yet you’ll find thriving, rare and unique plant communities that depend on the chemistry and conditions the environments provide. 
Learn about this unique environment and explore the glades in DeSoto State park with Michelle Reynolds.
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. (Central time)
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store
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

Dog Daze Day
 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! 
Fun wags & woofs: Dog tales, paw art, enrichment "sniffing' hikes, educational programs, adopt-a- pet opportunities, dog toys, pet supplies, & more! A furry event for canines and their masters!
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. (Donations welcome) 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
Fort Payne, Al 35967
Call (256) 845-3548

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

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

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

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

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 9/13/2014 to 9/13/2013
 Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class
Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history.
Join DSP staff and volunteers to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation.
The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples.  Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts.  Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. 
All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 and up.
When: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: $20 supply fee-Payable to DeSoto State Park.
Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. For details, 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class
 9/13/2014
 Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class
Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history.
Join DSP staff and volunteers to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation.
The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples.  Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts.  Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. 
All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 and up.
When: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: $20 supply fee-Payable to DeSoto State Park.
Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. For details, 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

The Willstown Conference
 9/19/2014
The City of Fort Payne, Alabama Presents
The Willstown Conference
“Cherokee & the Battle of Horseshoe Bend”
Featuring Noted Creek scholar Dr. Kathryn Braund and Horseshoe Bend Park Ranger Heather Tassin
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 7
Time: 7:00 pm  
Where: City Hall Auditorium-Fort Payne, Alabama(within 15 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
100 Alabama Ave NW • Fort Payne, AL 35967
Fee:This program is Free to the Public
For more Details, contact Kirby Collins at kirbco@hotmail.com or call 256-845-6888
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
100 Alabama Avenue
Fort Payne, Al 35967
Call (256) 845-6888

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 State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama
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 email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for 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 State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama
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 email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for 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

Third Saturday Sunset
 9/20/2014
 Third Saturday Sunset
In Fort Payne, Alabama
Every third Saturday of the month from 5-9pm. Gault Avenue in Downtown Fort Payne is closed from 1st-5th street for the event. The downtown merchants stay open & offer discounts, food vendors, children's activities, entertainment, etc.
Children's activities such as face painting and Big Sam the Balloon Man will be available throughout the downtown area and other activities such as races and games will be available in the city park. A car cruise-in, music and other entertainment will take place throughout the event as well.
Dates: Every Third Saturday in the month: Dates for 2014-September 20th, October 18th
Time:5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Fort Payne, Alabama (about 15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Admission is free and open to everyone see www.facebook.com/ThirdSaturdaySunset for details.
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
Fort Payne, Al 35967

Farm & Garden Fest
 9/20/2014
FARM & GARDEN FEST 
A day celebrating agriculture, gardening, and livestock...Ag in Action interactive ,farm fun, Alabama 4H, garden info, displays, animals, music, arts, food and more! 
Date: Saturday September 20, 2014
Time: from 10:30 am—3:30 pm 
1:00 pm—3:00 pm Butterfly Talk & Walk
Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center-Fort Payne, Alabama( Within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Activities and exhibits all day!
Fee: FREE (Donations appreciated) For more information: call 256-845-3548 or email or email fieldschool@jsu.edu 
www.canyoncenter.org
 
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail
Fort Payne, Al 35967
Call (256) 845-3548

Farm & Garden Fest
 9/20/2014
FARM & GARDEN FEST 
A day celebrating agriculture, gardening, and livestock...Ag in Action interactive ,farm fun, Alabama 4H, garden info, displays, animals, music, arts, food and more! 
Date: Saturday September 20, 2014
Time: from 10:30 am—3:30 pm 
1:00 pm—3:00 pm Butterfly Talk & Walk
Where: JSU's Little River Canyon Center-Fort Payne, Alabama( Within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Activities and exhibits all day!
Fee: FREE (Donations appreciated) For more information: call 256-845-3548 or email or email fieldschool@jsu.edu 
www.canyoncenter.org
 
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
4322 Little River Trail
Fort Payne, Al 35967
Call (256) 845-3548

DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair
 9/22/2014 to 9/27/2014
  DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair-59th Annual
You truly feel like fall has arrived when the county fair comes to town. The lights of the midway, the smell of funnel cakes, the sound of the live music, and the many exhibits draw in thousands of visitors each year. The DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair is known for its tradition of excellence. It has been voted the state’s top agricultural fair for many years. This event has vast community participation and features exhibits of handmade crafts, canned foods, photography, drawings, flower arrangements, quilts, as well as live animals such as cattle and chickens. The midway is always popular and there are rides for all ages.
Dates: September 22, 2014 through September 27, 2014
Times: Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Payne, Alabama (Within 15 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
For more info, see: www.dekalbcountyvfwfair.com
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
Fort Payne, AL 35967

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baumhower's ShrimpFest at Oak Nountain
 10/11/2014
Bob Baumhower continues to be a great supporter for Alabama State Parks. Visit Oak Mountain State Park for the next stop in a series of events to raise awareness of two important resources: State Parks and Alabama Gulf Seafood.
* Alabama Gulf Boiled Shrimp
* Gumbo
* Bar-B-Q
* Live Music  
* Kids activities
* Kids inflatables
Time: 4pm - 9pm 
Admission cost: $3
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Saturday Sunset
 10/18/2014
 Third Saturday Sunset
In Fort Payne, Alabama
Every third Saturday of the month from 5-9pm. Gault Avenue in Downtown Fort Payne is closed from 1st-5th street for the event. The downtown merchants stay open & offer discounts, food vendors, children's activities, entertainment, etc.
Children's activities such as face painting and Big Sam the Balloon Man will be available throughout the downtown area and other activities such as races and games will be available in the city park. A car cruise-in, music and other entertainment will take place throughout the event as well.
Dates: Every Third Saturday in the month: October 18th
Time:5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Fort Payne, Alabama (about 15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Admission is free and open to everyone see www.facebook.com/ThirdSaturdaySunset for details.
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
Fort Payne, Al 35967

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

Georgia Bass State Championship
 10/28/2014 to 11/1/2014
Fishing Tournament Weigh in at Lakepoint Marina # of boats expected 100
Email wesmeadows@gmail.com or Call (229) 416-5661

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

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

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.

Survival Bracelet Beginner's Workshop
 11/15/2014
 Paracord Survival Bracelet Workshop: Beginner's Class
Paracord has a million uses and handy to have around. Since it is so helpful people like to weave paracord into bracelets called survival bracelets. In the Beginner class you will learn how to make 2 types of paracord bracelets. The first bracelet will be an Oat Spike Sinnet bracelet. Once you get the hang of working with paracord, then we will move on to the Cobra bracelet. This workshop is for 8 years old and older. All ages welcome.  All supplies provided. Afterwards, participants may come for the Intermediate class held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (Location disclosed at time of registration)
Fee: $10.00 supply fee. Workshop is limited to 10 people, so pre-registration is required. 
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

Survival Bracelet Intermediate Workshop
 11/15/2014
 Paracord Survival Bracelet Workshop: Intermediate Class
Paracord is often called survival cord because it has so many uses. This cord can hold 550lb and can be used for making shelters, rafts, fishing and many more things. A survival bracelet typically only has between 7 and 10 feet of paracord woven in to it. We will be making a Survival Belt that has between 40 and 80 feet of paracord woven into it. This workshop is for 8 years old and older. All ages welcome.  All supplies provided. (Beginner's Class also available)
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (Location disclosed at time of registration)
Fee: $25.00 supply fee. Workshop is limited to 10 people, so pre-registration is required. 
Call 256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

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/

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

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 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