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March, Ft. Payne: What's Happening in & around DeSoto State Park-March 2015



Mad Science & Crazy Art
at the Little River Canyon Center
Chemistry magic, dirt paint, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, twig art, high-bouncing balls, and messy fun experiments!
Kids ages 6 to 10 years old can put their hands and minds into mas science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Little River Canyon Center staff. A different activity every month! (First Saturdays every Odd month during 2015)
Date: March 7, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 15 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $5.00 per child for supplies; pre-registration required by the Wednesday before the program date. Space is limited.
Call 256.782.5697 or email fieldschool@jsu.edu for details.

Waterfall Hike at DeSoto State Park
Join staff & volunteers for a fun day of hiking thought-out the park to see some of DeSoto’s waterfalls, big & small. See Lost Falls, Laurel Falls, Indian Falls, Lodge Falls, even more water features like Laurel Creek & the West Fork of Little River. Enjoy the scenery of DeSoto State Park while burning some calories at the same time!  Moderate Terrain over 5 miles. Options afterwards to drive to DeSoto Falls, 7 miles from the main park area.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Where: Meet at the DeSoto State Park Country Store- Fort Payne, AL. 35967
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Might not be suitable for younger children. Pets welcome on leash. Call 256.997.5025 for details.
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.
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check with the park(256.845.0051) before leaving home. Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.
Directions to Desoto State Park:
Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. 
Driving Directions

Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class
Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history.
Join DeSoto State Park Naturalist Brittney Hughes to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation.
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, March 14, 2015
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, AL-Nature Center
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: $25 per person. Proceeds go to DeSoto State Park's nature center fund
Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. Ages 10 to adult. For details,256.997.5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

Homemade Bow Drill Class 
Learn how to make and use a primitive bow drill. 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. This skills class is also a bushcraft lesson on fire building, tree and plant I.D.
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM (bring bag lunch and personal water bottle)
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama -Picnic Pavilion 3
Cost: $45.00 per person Ages 12 and up
Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited .Register by calling 256-634-8370

Blow Your Own Ornament 
Orbix Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery on Lookout Mountain that offers fine decorative and functional glass, as well as very popular glass blowing classes. Design and literally “blow” your own ornament with the help of a glass artist. Check out even more classes and info at www.orbixhotglass.com
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015  
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $38.00 per ornament. No pre-registration required. At least 5 years and up. Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or emailinfo@orbixhotglass.com for details.

Glass Paperweight Class
Orbix Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery on Lookout Mountain that offers fine decorative and functional glass, as well as very popular glass blowing classes. This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about - feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.
Check out even more classes and info at www.orbixhotglass.com
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $135.00. Pre-registration required, class size is limited to 4. Minimum age is 13 years old with parent
Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or emailinfo@orbixhotglass.com for details.

Woodcarving Class 
This bushcraft class will teach you the skill of woodcarving with a lesson on knife safety and proper use. You will learn how to make your own camping utensils and a walking stick.
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 10AM-3PM (bring bag lunch and personal water bottle)
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama -Picnic Pavilion 3
Cost: $45 per person Ages 12 and up
Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. Register by calling 256-634-8370

Bunny-Palooza: Spring Fest for Children
Celebrate the season by visiting the Bunny Factory, where children are magically transformed into bunnies and learn all the basics:
How to hop, decorate eggs, and more enchanting fun)! Children’s Spring Art Show, storytelling, music, baby animals, bunny games, egg hunt with prizes…a day your little bunny will NEVER forget!
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015 (Easter is April 4, 2015)
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged
Call 256-782-5697 or email fieldschool@jsu.edu for more details.

Backpacking 101
 An early spring backpacking class. A great class for beginners. Topics on the backpacking essentials, camping items to choose and use, fire building, cooking, and more! 
Date: Saturday, March 28th-Sunday, March 29th
Time: check in 10 AM Saturday check out 12 Sunday.
Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Nature Center
Cost: $110 per person - includes all equipment and food. Ages 12 and up
Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. Register by calling 256-634-8370

Sculpt your Own Flower Class
Orbix Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery on Lookout Mountain that offers fine decorative and functional glass, as well as very popular glass blowing classes. Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass? In this class, it’s all about a hands-on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. After watching us shape glass into a flower, it's your turn to sit at the bench to a sculpt your own from an array of colors.  Our artists are the to step in and lend a hand or guide you as you shape the glass.
Check out even more classes and info at www.orbixhotglass.com Classes have a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5. Class is about an hour in length.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $75.00 per person. Minimum age is 13 & up. Pre-registration is required. Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or emailinfo@orbixhotglass.com for details.