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Joe Wheeler's Saturday Night Seafood Buffet
 10/1/2014 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
 10/1/2014 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

Jazz in the Park
 10/3/2014
Join us for our "Jazz in the Park" event on October 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chewacla State Park.  Park admission is $3.00 and the concert is free!  Call for more details, or your overnight reservations (334) 887-5621.
Chewacla State Park
Event Address:
124 Shell Toomer Parkway
Auburn, Al 36830
Email Chewacla.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (334) 887-5621

Special Screening: Alabama State Parks
 10/4/2014
 Special Screening: Discovering Alabama’s APT Special on Alabama State Parks
Alabama State Parks are celebrating 75 years of Service to the State of Alabama in 2014. In celebration, join us for a viewing of Discovering Alabama’s tv special about the 22 state parks in Alabama and their impact in our beautiful state. Discover how Alabama State Parks offer recreation, education and inspiration for everyone who visits.
 
 Discovering Alabama is an Emmy-winning television series focusing on Alabama's natural environment. Host and series creator Doug Phillips, an environmental educator and nature writer at the University of Alabama. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of Alabama's natural diversity and promotes natural resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Discovering Alabama is produced by the Alabama Museum of Natural History and the University of Alabama in partnership with the UA Center for Public Television and Alabama Public Television.
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama  Screening will be located at the Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (Gate will open 30 minutes prior to screening)
Seating is limited, so bring a comfortable camp chair if you wish. In case of inclement weather the screening will be held at the Nature Center (next to the Country Store)
Fee: Free and open to everyone-Great for all ages.  Call 2256.997.5025 or email DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.
 
Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 997-5025

4th Annual Fall Festival at Oak Mountain State Par
 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.  Call the park office for more details or reservations (205) 620-2520.  Hope to see you there! 
Oak Mountain State Park
Event Address:
200 Terrace Drive
Pelham, Al 35124
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

General Joe's Classic-Custom-Street Rod-Muscle Car
 10/4/2014
General Joe's Classic*Custom*Street Rod*Muscle Car Show in the Day Use area at Joe Wheeler State Park.
Email Haley.Newton@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5466

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baumhower's ShrimpFest at Oak Mountain
 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
Oak Mountain State Park
Event Address:
200 Terrace Drive
Pelham, Al 35124
Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 620-2520

Hernando DeSoto: An Explorer in Northeast Alabama
 10/11/2014
Hernando DeSoto: An Explorer in Northeast Alabama
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Jacksonville State University professor and archaeologist Dr. Harry Holstein will be presenting his program on Spanish conquistador Hernando DeSoto. Dr. Holstein will take you through the amazing adventures of Hernando DeSoto, one of the first European explorers, as he searches for the ancient town of "Coosa".
Hernando DeSoto landed in North America 475 years ago on May 25, 1539. DeSoto brought the end of prehistory and the beginning of recorded history in our area. His scribes recorded the mountain that stretched from horizon to horizon with waterfalls on it in July of 1540.  This is suspected to be Lookout Mountain, and the reason DeSoto State Park was named for him.   
Some of the educational reproduction items bought for school and public programs will be on exhibit from 10 AM –12 Noon.  
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Where: Little River Canyon Nation Preserve-JSU’s Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne, AL (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call the National Park Service at 256.845.9605 for any details. 
Call (256) 845-9605

Colorfest FISH FRY & Community Concert
 10/17/2014
 Mentone Colorfest FISH FRY & Community Concert
Enjoy a plate full of fish and a night full of music to kick off Mentone’ss annual Colorfest! Your donation will go towards One World Adventure Company’s camp scholarship fund! 
Plates: $10 includes fish, homemade slaw & hushpuppies, dessert, and drink. Music by Donation
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: Serving from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m. Music starts around 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mentone, Alabama in Northeast Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Mentone Inn at the Mentone Square, Backyard Pavilion
For details, call 256-634-8370
Call (256) 634-8370

Colorfest FISH FRY & Community Concert
 10/17/2014
 Mentone Colorfest FISH FRY & Community Concert
Enjoy a plate full of fish and a night full of music to kick off Mentone’ss annual Colorfest! Your donation will go towards One World Adventure Company’s camp scholarship fund! 
Plates: $10 includes fish, homemade slaw & hushpuppies, dessert, and drink. Music by Donation
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: Serving from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m. Music starts around 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mentone, Alabama in Northeast Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Mentone Inn at the Mentone Square, Backyard Pavilion
For details, call 256-634-8370
Call (256) 634-8370

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

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

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

Wind Creek's Halloween Carnival
 10/17/2014 to 10/18/2014
Join us for the weekend at Wind Creek State Park for our Halloween Carnival, October 17-18th, 2014.  Activities will include a cake walk, hayrides, inflatable, and much more!  Call the park office for more details on our pumpkin carving and costume contests, other family fun activities and reservations (256) 329-0845! 
Wind Creek State Park
Event Address:
4325 Alabama Highway 128
Alexander City, Al 35010
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

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

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

Color Craze 5K & Family Fun Run
 10/18/2014
 2nd Annual Color Craze 5K & 1 mile Family Fun Run/Bike/Walk
Hosted by One World Adventure Company
Add more Color to Lookout Mountain during Colorfest! Participants will enjoy a scenic route through Mentone, Alabama becoming doused with colored powder along the way. 
Run, Walk or Bike! This race is great for the entire family!
Race Details: The Race is a 5K course with multiple Color Stations that douse you in color. 
First wave begins @ 7:50, second wave – 8:00, third wave – 8:10
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: Mentone, Alabama in Northeast Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Info: For any questions regarding race please call 256-634-8370 or email angie@oneworldadventureco.com
 
Call (256) 634-8370

Pumpkin Carving Contest
 10/20/2014 to 10/25/2014
 Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest
 DeSoto State Park is glad to host the 3rd Annual Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest! Entries will be judged on overall appearance, creativeness, neatness, and originality. 
Date: Entries must be turned in no later than 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 25th
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama. 
Winners will be announced at the Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground, 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th.
Fee: free and Open to all ages. 
Call (256) 997-5025

Haunts & Happenings
 10/24/2014
 Storytellin’ Campfire Talk: Haunts & Happenings 
Author Steve Stratton from Huntsville, Alabama & storyteller Lee Piskorz from Scottsboro will entertain in this spooky storytelling campfire talk. Steve will read out loud from his deliciously spooky books, One October & Plainridge. Afterwards Lee will make chills shiver up and down your spine with her spooktacular haunting stories.
Great for all ages! Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited.
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground at the James L. Wynn Campfire Ring. Gate will open to the public 30 minutes before the movie. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the DSP Nature Center (next to the Country Store) 
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. Campground gate opens to the public 30 minutes before program. For info call 256.997.5025 or email DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Spookapalooza!
 10/24/2014 to 10/26/2014
Spookapalooza! At DeSoto State Park
Storytelling, Treats, Fun, & Games!
Join the staff & volunteers of DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Trick or treating, games, storytelling, games & 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
 
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE
Fort Payne, Al 35967
Email DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov or 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 JSU’s Little River Canyon Center staff for fun, treats and prizes! 
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014 
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto
Time: 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Fee: Free and open to everyone! Call the canyon center at 256.845.3548 for details. www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter
 
Call (256) 782-5697

Home-made Bow Drill Class
 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

Mask Making & Storytelling
 10/25/2014
 Growing Up WILD and Living Wild Family Programs: Mask Making & Storytelling 
Join JSU’s Little River Canyon Center staff for this creative way to celebrate the season, great for all ages!
Date: Saturday, October 25 2014 
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am 
Fee: Free and open to everyone! Call the canyon center at 256.845.3548 for details. www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter 
 
Call (256) 845-3548

Spookapalooza Fun & Games
 10/25/2014
 Spookapalooza Fun & Games
Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a great afternoon of fun & games; Pumpkin Decorating, Halloween Bingo, bobbing for apples, moonbounces, slides, rub-on tattoos, & more!
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground in the Campfire Ring/Pavilion area. Gate will be open to the public .In case of inclement weather the games will be cancelled.
Time: Starting at 2:00 p.m., ending around 3:15 p.m.
Fee: Free & Open to everyone; Great for all ages!
Call (256) 997-5025

Trick or Treating
 10/25/2014
 Trick or Treating in DeSoto State Park’s Improved Campground
Wear your favorite costume if you wish! Candy stations are located through-out the campground. Parents must accompany children at all times. Dress up your pets and bring them along! (Always on a leash) 
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground. Gate will be open to the public
Time: Starting around 3:30 p.m. 
Free & Open to everyone; Great for all ages!
Call (256) 997-5025

Spooks in the Valley
 10/25/2014
 Storytellin’ Campfire Talk: Spooks in the Valley 
Spooky stories guaranteed to put shivers up your spine! Learn about some of Alabama’s finest spooks, legends and folklore from JSU Field Schools’ Renee Morrison. DRESS WARMLY & be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. Great for all ages!
Date: Saturday, October 25 2014 
Where: DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground at the James L. Wynn Campfire Ring. Gate will open to the public 30 minutes before the program. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the DSP Nature Center (next to the Country Store) 
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. Campground gate opens to the public 30 minutes before program. For info call 256.997.5025 or email DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
Call (256) 997-5025

Wicked Woods Halloween Festival at Gulf State Park
 10/25/2014
Join us Saturday, October 25th at Gulf State Park for our "Wicked Woods Halloween Festival".  Register to run in the 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run at www.backcountrytrail.com.  The Haunted Hayride will cost $2.00 per person and admission to the Trail of Horrors for ages 12 and up is $2.00 per person. Call Brittney Bagley for more details (251) 948-7275!  Also for more information see this link on the Gulf State Park website (http://www.alapark.com/gulfstate/WickedWoodsFestival/) . Call the park office for your overnight reservations (251) 948-7275.  Fun for the whole family and proceeds for the run/walk will benefit the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.  Hope to see you there!!
Gulf State Park
Event Address:
20115 State Highway 135
Gulf Shores, Al 36542
Email Brittney.bagley@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (251) 948-7275

"Hayride in the Park"
 10/25/2014 to 10/26/2014
"Hayride in the Park" at Paul M. Grist State Park the weekend of October 25th and October 26th...join us for two days of family fun for all!  There will also be a ramp that go's into the trail for wheel chairs.  Hayride is free but park admissions applies.  Call us for overnight reservation or more details (334) 872-5846.  There will also be a hayride at 7:00 p.m. for those that are camping overnight.
Paul M. Grist State Park
Event Address:
1546 Grist Road
Selma, Al 36701
Email PaulMGrist.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (334) 872-5846

Orbix Fall Open Studio
 10/25/2014
 Orbix Fall Open Studio
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. Join them for their 12th annual Fall Open Studio; the leaves will be perfect and the temperature just right for blowing glass. Hourly demonstrations, as well as chances to blow your own ornaments.
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 9:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park) 
Call 256.523.3188 or email info@orbixhotglass.com for details. www.orbixhotglass.com
 
Call (256) 523-3188

Blow Your Own Ornament
 10/25/2014
 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, October 25, 2014   
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 info@orbixhotglass.com for details.
 
Call (256) 523-3188

Spookapalooza Critter Show
 10/26/2014
 Spookapalooza Critter Show
Join Naturalist Mandy Pearson to discover some of the native creatures of Alabama (as well as non-natives) in this fun uncaged presentation. Meet some live critters!
 Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited.
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Where:  DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground at the James L. Wynn Campfire Ring. Gate will be open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the DSP Nature Center (next to the Country Store) 
Fee: Free & Open to everyone. Campground gate opens to the public 30 minutes before program. For info call 256.997.5025 or email DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
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

Rayovac FLW Championship
 10/30/2014 to 11/1/2014
Housing:
Joe Wheeler State Park Resort
Call Toll Free: 800.544.5639
4401 McLean Drive
Rogersville AL 35652
Phone: 256.247.5461
 
Weigh-in: Days 1 & 2 - 3:00 p.m. at Joe Wheeler State Park
Day 3 Weigh-in: 4:00 p.m. at Walmart #4187 (FLW Expo opens at 3 p.m.)
Email JoeWheeler.Lodge@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5461

"Camp Fear" at Lake Lurleen State Park
 10/31/2014
Join us at "Camp Fear" to Trick or Treat at Lake Lurleen State Park on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Call the park office for more details or overnight reservations (205) 339-1558. Campers are welcome $20.00 plus tax per night Sunday through Friday nights.  Campers must decorate and treat to get the park discount!!
Lake Lurleen State Park
Event Address:
13226 Lake Lurleen Road
Coker, Al 35452
Email lakelurleen.stpk@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (205) 339-1558

Blow Your Own Ornament
 11/1/2014
 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, November 1, 2014   
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 info@orbixhotglass.com for details.
 
Call (256) 523-3188

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

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

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

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

Blow Your Own Ornament
 11/8/2014
 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, November 8, 2014   
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 info@orbixhotglass.com for details.
 
Call (256) 523-3188

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.

Blow Your Own Ornament
 11/15/2014
 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, November 15, 2014   
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 info@orbixhotglass.com for details.
 
Call (256) 523-3188

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

Blow Your Own Ornament
 11/22/2014
 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, November 22, 2014   
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 info@orbixhotglass.com for details.
 
Call (256) 523-3188

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.

Blow Your Own Ornament
 11/29/2014
 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, November 29, 2014   
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 info@orbixhotglass.com for details.
 
Call (256) 997-5025

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 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.

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 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

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

39th Annual Parade of Lights
 12/13/2014
December 13, 2014
Boat Parade begins at 6:00 PM
A Holiday Buffet will be served at
Daniella's in the Park beginning at 4:00 PM
Call 256-247-5461 for reservations. Call 256-247-6971 to participate.
 
Email JoeWheeler.Marina@dcnr.alabama.gov or Call (256) 247-5461

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