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Aug. 2015, Ft. Payne: August Events in and around DeSoto State park


Snakes and Spiders
Of Little River Canyon National Preserve
National Park Ranger Larry Beane will present “Snakes and Spiders of Little River Canyon National Preserve. Many visitors ask about the snakes and spiders because they are afraid of them.  This one-hour program will teach visitors to recognize the beneficial snakes and spiders in and around the park.  Visitors may learn the dangerous species as well.  Snakes and spiders are both predators, playing an important part in controlling pesky species that bother humans.  Visitors will learn about the habitats and lives of the park’s snakes and spiders.  They are beautifully colored, and the patterns can tell you how dangerous or helpful they might be to you.
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Free and open to everyone. For more information, call (256)845-9605

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, August 1, 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 email  for details

Solar Oven Class
Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival in this fun and simple class for a how-to on making solar ovens from tin foil and cardboard.  If the conditions are right, there will be one to demonstration in use.
All supplies will be provided and the class will be open to walk-ins until supplies run out. You will learn how to make a simple solar oven out of cardboard, glue, and tin foil. You will be given instructions on how to how to use it to cook in the outdoors.
 Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (Gate will open 30 minutes before class)
Fee: Free, & open to everyone
For details, 256.997.5025 or email

Campfire Talk:
Amphibian Metamorphosis: From Egg to Frog, What a Leap!

Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! 
Enjoy a fun trivia game with Jacksonville State University’s Dr. James Rayburn while exploring how amphibians transform from a single cell to the wonderful hopping creatures we all know. Meet live tadpoles.....
Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
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.

Campfire Talk: Poisonous & Venomous Organisms
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!
Enjoy a fun trivia game presented by Jacksonville State University Toxicologist Dr. James Rayburn. Learn about how some plants & animals really get your attention with their special lines of defense. Beware out there!
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
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.

YES, I CAN! Canning Fruits & Vegetables Workshop
Learn all about home canning. This is a “hands on” workshop and at the end of the day you will leave with two jars of finished product, recipes, confidence and knowledge of how to can at home. We will be canning jams & pickles during this workshop. Instructor is Mary Alice Stout, who has canned and taught canning for over 50 years! Bring a paring knife and a brown bag lunch.
Workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Central time zone)
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (Location disclosed at time of registration)
Fee: $20 per person. Workshop is limited to 10, so pre-registration is required.
Call 256.997.5025 or email for details.

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: Friday, August 21, 2015
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 Or email for details.

‘Creek Kids’ Watershed Workshop
Learning about watersheds….not just for kids!
Hosted by DeSoto State Park.
Workshop for ages 5 to adult.
Experience a view of Little River’s watershed and how it connects to the rest of Alabama and our oceans. Many species of fish and aquatic invertebrates, including some types of crayfish, mussels, and snails, live only in Alabama. Participants have a good chance of observing some species only found in certain Alabama streams & rivers; they will learn about the impacts of dams on waterways, & learn how pollution moves through aquatic environments. We will take a short walk to Laurel Creek & the West Fork of Little River for a dip to a view native fish & invertebrates such as crayfish, mussels, and snails up close.
This fun workshop is based on the ‘Creek Kids’ program, a partnership between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) and Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Alabama State Parks partnered in late 2014 and hopes to offer more of these opportunities.
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 9:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Location disclosed at time of registration. Participants should bring a lunch/snacks/water, clothes & footwear suitable for the river.
Fee: Free & open to ages 8 to adult. Pre-registration is required, please call 256.997.5025 oremail for details. Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

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: Saturday, August 22, 2015
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 Or email  for details.

YES, I CAN! Pressure Canning Class
We are offering this class to participants that attended the canning workshops held in DSP this year, as well as folks that already have experience (prerequisite: hot water bath canning) We will be canning meat as well as soup.
Taught by Mary Alice Stout. Bring a paring knife and a brown bag lunch.
Workshop is limited to 7 participants.
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Central time zone)
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama (Location disclosed at time of registration)
Fee: $20 per person.
Workshop is limited to 7, so pre-registration is required.
Call 256.997.5025 or email for details.

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”, door prizes, 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!
Drop by at 12:00 noon for a live performance of Bluegrass Folk Jam with the Gypsy Begonias
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. (Donations welcome) Call 256.782.5697 for details
Info on the Little River Canyon Center