Alabama State Park’s Great Outdoors Day

DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama

Enjoy a fun filled day in the great outdoors!
Join Alabama State Parks staff, volunteers & guest speakers for this great event showcasing all the many ways that adventures can be had in the Great Outdoors!  Come out to enjoy the park with demonstrations, live animal education programs, info tables, guided fitness & nature hikes……and much more!
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Picnic Area
Fee: $2.00 per vehicle for parking. No entrance fee for event. Great for all ages!
For more details on activities, email or call 256.997.5025. 

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Schedule (more being added soon!)

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! This is a demonstration, so the best part is when food is just coming off the fire!
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:30-2:00

Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Archery is the art, practice, and skill of shooting arrows with the use of a bow. Historically it has been used for hunting and combat and has been around for many years. Archery is also a sport that is becoming increasingly popular as an outdoor recreation activity.
Join Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fishery’s Stuart Goldsby for an opportunity to learn archery safety & techniques. This is a great opportunity to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of certified instructors. Ages 10 and up. All Equipment is provided.
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, & 2:00 pm


Leave No Trace: Bigfoot has been doing it for years!
The future of wilderness camping, hikes and other sustainable outdoor recreation depends on more people adopting what’s known as Leave No Trace principles. 
It is built on seven principles: Plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors. The seven principles have been adapted to different activities, ecosystems and environments.
Drop by & find out more about this nationally-recognized program and pick up some freebies! Learn how to plan & prepare, leave what you find & more. Stop by to see if you would like to take the Bigfoot Challenge!
See for more info on Leave No Trace
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00-3:00 p.m.

Music in the Park with Backwoods Revival
Part of Alabama State Park’s Great Outdoors Day
The Backwoods Revival Band will be playing bluegrass music at the Great Outdoors Day event. Bring your own comfortable chair as seating is limited. 
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Located in picnic area, across from DeSoto’s Country Store on DeKalb County Road 89. Small pavilion on field.