Desoto State Park

Dragonflies & Damselflies

Event Dates:
September 29, 2023, 8:00 pm
September 29, 2023, 9:00 pm
Blue Dasher Dragonfly. Photo by Farren Dell

Events In & Around DeSoto State Park:


Campfire Talk: Dragonflies & Damselflies

Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!  Campfire Talks are a series of educational & entertaining programs located outside in DeSoto State Park. Campfire programs are held many Friday & Saturday evening (June –October) in our large campfire ring inside the improved campground. Talks are for all ages, & open to everyone!


Dragonflies and damselflies are both predatory flying insects that look primitive and ancient because they are: fossil records show prehistoric species that are quite similar to modern species, although considerably larger. Modern dragonflies and damselflies are most prevalent in warmer regions, but some species can be found in almost every part of the world except for the polar regions.  Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, to learn more about the fascinating life-cycle of Alabama’s dragonflies and damselflies. He will share his stunning collection of images with intricate details and vibrant colors of Alabama's winged wonders.

Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.

Date: Friday, September 29, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm (CST)

Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in the CCC Pavilion in picnic area)

Campground gates will open 30 minutes before program.

Fee: Free and open to everyone, no pre-registration required; For any details about the talk, email