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2013 Rendezvous at the Rim -- CANCELLED

 

Due to the government shutdown, the 2013 Rendezvous at the Rim has been cancelled.

 

Please show your support of the National Park Service and the NPS employees and obey all posted closures.

 

 

Cancelled

 


Jacksonville State University's Half Marathon

Marathon Logo

Throughout the federal shutdown, JSU's Canyon Center has remained open. In addition, JSU's Canyon Center has decided to go forward with the planned half marathon. County roads through Little River Canyon National Preserve remain open, although all overlooks and trails are closed.

 

Questions regarding the half marathon and events at the Canyon Center should be directed to Pete Conroy at pconroy@jsu.edu

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Where: Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Center

Agenda:

 

 

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM - Half Marathon runners sign in. Race map and details can be found at www.canyoncenter.org. Registration can be done online at Active.com.

8:00 AM - Half Marathon begins

 

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Blacksmith Forging Demonstration & Sales (Metal Art by Walter Howell)

9:30 AM - Mask Making & the Story of Brother Leaf for children with Renee Morrison and Jill Brookes, JSU Field Schools.

 

10:30 AM - Hiss and Sslither children's reptile program with Renee Morrison and Mandy Pearson, JSU Field Schools.

 

11:00 AM - Half Marathon Awards (Canyon Center Theater)

 

Noon - Live Music (Autumn Folk)


JSU logo

Please direct all questions regarding the JSU Half Marathon or JSU Field Schools events to JSU's Little River Canyon Center Director, Pete Conroy, Jacksonville State University

256-782-8010 or pconroy@jsu.edu

 


NPS Green and Gray Saturdays

National Park Service

The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present "Green & Gray" programs on the include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco- landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy and more!

Date: Second Saturdays of each month
Time:

10 AM

Where: At Little River Canyon Center along Highway 35.
Cost:

Free!

Contact:  

Please direct all questions and comments to the National Park Service at (256) 845-9605.


Canyon Fest 2013
Join us for a celebration of art and nature at the Little River Canyon Center. There will be local artists, exhibits and demonstrations, children's activities, live music, great food and more. Pet friendly event.
Date: Saturday
November 2, 2013
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: Canyon Center
Cost: Free
Performances:

TBA

Contact:

For more information contact, JSU Fieldschools at

(256) 845-3548 or visit www.canyoncenter.org

 

 

 

:: past events

 

2013 Annual Meeting

Meet for a gathering of friends to discuss how to promote, protect and enjoy Little River Canyon. Board meeting followed by refreshments.

Date: Monday, May 13, 2013
Time:

5:30 PM

Where: NPS offices at the Canyon Center
Cost:

No Charge

Contact:  

Please direct all questions and comments to Friend's President John Dersham, Dekalb County Tourism Office, 1-888-804-4740

 


Rendezvous at the Rim

 

Celebrate Earth Day and Junior Ranger Day at Little River Canyon National Preserve for Rendezvous at the Rim. Join us for guided walks and activities, a chance to earn a Junior Ranger Badge, food and fun and an all around good time.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time:

10 AM to 2 PM

Where: At Little River Falls Parking lot along Highway 35.
Cost:

Free! Donations gratefully accepted.

Contact:  

Please direct all questions and comments to info@friendsofthepreserve.org or (256) 845-9605.

 


 

Run the Rim - 5K run/walk

Run the Rim

 

Celebrate autumn with a run along the rim of Little River Canyon in the inaugural Run the Rim 5K. Open to all; runners and walkers. The race begins at the picturesque Highway 35 bridge overlooking Little River Falls, it continues onto Canyon Rim Drive (Highway 176) and returns along the same route. The rim drive has numerous ups and downs and turns making this both a challenging and scenic course. Early November weather is highly variable, which could make for some spectacular autumn colors.

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Time:

8:00 AM race begins.

7:00 - 7:45 AM race day registration

Where: Begins at Little River Falls Parking lot, follows the Canyon Rim Drive to Lynn Overlook and return.
Cost:

$20 pre-registration (November 1)

$25 race day registration (discount available to Friends of the Preserve)

Register on line at: www.racesonline.com

or by mail: Friends of the Preserve,

4322 Little River Trail NE, Suite 100, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Contact:  Please direct all questions and comments to Jaime Anderson at: jaime_anderson@nps.gov or (256) 996-3090

Canyon Fest 2011 Click to download Canyon Fest 2010 Flyer
Click to download flyer
Join us for a celebration of art and nature at the Little River Canyon Center. There will be local artists, exhibits and demonstrations, children's activities, live music, great food and more. Pet friendly event.
Date: Saturday
November 5, 2011
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: Canyon Center
Cost: Free
Contact:

For more information contact, JSU Fieldschools at

(256) 845-3548 or visit www.canyoncenter.org

Performances:

10:15 - Square Dance Demonstration

11 AM - Curtis Strange, Guitarist

Noon - Matt Downer, Fiddler
1 PM - Mikey Luck, Dulcimer
2 PM - Folk Gospel, The Eberly's
Canyon Arts
Sunday, November 6, 2011, 10 AM to 4 PM
Little River Canyon: Center of the Universe film
Arts Demonstrations and sales
Pet Friendly

 

Friends Annual Meeting

autumn colors
Photo by John Dersham.

 

Jamie Finley & Bill Martin
Jamie Finley & Bill Martin

 

Old Friends and New are welcome at this event.

Come out and enjoy the autumn colors and a harvest lunch at Lynn Overlook along the Canyon Rim Drive. Live music and good eats. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day.

 

Jamie Finley on harmonica and ukulele and Bill Martin on autoharp have been playing old time tunes and songs together for over 25 years.  Southern string band music is at the heart of their repertoire – songs that were sung on porches and parlors and tunes played at barn dances a hundred years ago.  They will focus on music from and about the Lookout Mountain region.  Join them for a musical trip back in time.

 

A harvest lunch will be catered by Lanney's Restaurant of Centre, Alabama.

 

Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
Where: Lynn Overlook, Little River Canyon Rim Drive
Cost: Open to all members
Contact:   info@friendsofthepreserve.org

 


 

Trail of Tears Teacher Workshop trail of tears

We are excited to share the news that Russell Cave National Monument recently received a grant to host a Trail of Tears Teachers Workshop to take place July 25-30th at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. Acclaimed historians and scholars will present lectures on various aspects of Indian Removal policies in the southeast. The presenters will address all the tribes affected by Indian Removal: the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creeks, Seminoles, and Cherokee. We will visit various historical sites in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee to illustrate this powerful chapter in American history. Optional, additional programs will be available in the evenings at DeSoto State Park.

Date: July 25 to 30th, 2011
Time: See registration for times
Where: Little River Canyon Center
Cost:Se See registration information at this link
Contact: For more information contact, Russell Cave National Monument at (256) 495-2672 or visit www.nps.gov/ruca