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Nov. 7 - 9, Across the State: Outdoor Events this Weekend

Information provided by Fresh Air Family

Weekend Events

10am -5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday - Moss Rock Festival, Hoover
Come by the Fresh Air Family booth in the kid zone to work a fun science experiment and to meet Clair Datnow, who writes eco-mysteries. We will also have a book on great family hikes in Birmingham.

Moss Rock Festival Hikes Saturday and Sunday
11:00 a.m. Introduction to the Moss Rock Preserve Brief interpretative tour of the area.
1:00 p.m. Moss Rock Backcountry Tour Hike to landmarks in the eastern portion of the area such as Boulder Gorge, High Falls, and Top of the World Scenic Overlook. 2 miles roundtrip. A significant amount of natural history information will be given during the first section of the hike. 

Friday, 11/7

8 am -- Pan for Gemstones, Arrowheads, and Fossils: Cheaha State Park
Park visitors can now purchase bags of gemstone-rich soil and pan for geologic treasures in a specially designed water trough located behind the Indian Relic Museum at the park’s main entrance. The bags of soil are available from the park’s store for $6 to $20 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Cheaha events coordinator at Cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov. 

10 am -- Seeds to Sprouts: Perfect Purple, Huntsville Botanical Gardens Learn about and experience the colors of the rainbow in this fall’s Seeds to Sprouts. Each session will focus on a different color. Come decked out in the color of the day for extra fun!  256-837-4104. $8 for first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family. Parents free with membership or Garden admission. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Saturday, 11/8

7 am -- Praire Seed Collecting & Habitat Restoration Field Trip: Univeristy of West Alabama
Full-day Trip, Livingston, AL. Trip Leader: Richard "Dick" Mills  Expect to see: Several species of prairie plants native to Alabama. UWA staff will guide us through the University's restored prairie, help us identify various plant species, and introduce us to their adaptations and utilization by birds and other wildlife http://www.birminghamaudubon.org. Free.

9 am -- Historic Old Railroad Bed on Monte Sano, Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville
(2.5 hour hike / Moderate) Perfect for new hikers or the whole family!  History comes alive on Monte Sano (Mountain of Health). The Old Railroad Bed Trail follows the same path as the steam locomotive that traveled from the Huntsville Depot to the Monte Sano Hotel from 1888 until 1896.  Enjoy a bit of Huntsville’s past with Hike Leader Bruce Martin.

9am -- Guided Archaeology Tour of Cherokee and DeKalb Counties, Cherokee County
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. Fee: $15 per person (Ages 14 and over); pre-registration required. Call JSU Field Schools at 256.782.5697

10 am -- Hikes for Tykes, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Join a small-sized hike for little hands! Every Saturday through November, Fresh Air Family and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens offer this hands-on exploration of the Gardens for pre-school children and their families. Free. Events@FreshAirFamily.org

10 am -- Beekeeping for the Homeowner, Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Find us in the Anderson Education Center Classroom! This course is taught by Amanda Maples. The cost for Members $15, Non-members $20. If you have any questions, contact the Education Department at 256-837-4104 or mhertzig@hsvbg.org

10 am -- NPS Green & Gray Saturday Program, Little River Canyon, Fort Payne
This event occurs the second Saturday of every month. Fee: Free 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! For more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

2 pm -- Monarch Butterflies, Sims Ecoscape
Celebrate the Monarch butterfly and take home Turk's Cap lilies! 
Sims Ecoscape
908 Highland Road
Birmingham, AL 35209

Sunday, 11/9

1 pm -- Dayhike, Oak Mtn. State Park
Enjoy a moderate 4 mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon.  This isan excellent outing for introducing your friends to Southeastern Outings and for making new friends who enjoy the outdoors.  This hike may be partially off the color-coded trails.  There will be some ups and downs.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up able to walk the distance of about 4 miles and complete the hike are welcome.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend.  Depart 1:00 p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot. 
Please bring $3/person ($1.00 seniors and children) park admission fee plus your drink.
Info: Edd Spencer, 205/317-5868

1 pm -- Growing Up Wild, Food Web, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
5 Rivers Growing Up Wild, “Food Webs”
Kindergarden-Grade 2, Registration Required, Free
Learn about ecosystems, and how some of the different pieces of nature’s puzzle fit together . Call 625-0814 to register.
2 pm -- November & Native Americans, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Join us on Sunday afternoons to discover The Gardens and the plants that make each season special. Each program includes a story, a short hike, a take home nature craft and much more. Programs are designed for all and although not limited to scouts, program objectives may match badge requirements. Classes are limited to 20 children, so don’t hesitate to register as spaces fill quickly. For more information, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 orehardy@bbgardens.orgFor children age 5 and above. Instructor: Robin Geurs. $12 members | $15 non-members

4 pm -- Reptile Feeding, Landmark Park, Dothan 
On the second Sunday of each month, join the park staff in the Classroom of the Interpretive Center at 4 p.m. to feed the snakes. Meet Indy, our Eastern Indigo snake and learn why these animals are important to the environment.  Registration is required and programs are free with paid gate admission.