Upcoming Events

  • Sipsey Open Woods Week July 13-22

    During Open Woods Weeks, the public is welcome to drive into the Sipsey River complex along the main gravel road leading from the Jack's Drive parking area to the south gate. The main gate will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday and remain open through the following week until 4 p.m. Sunday. Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking and wildlife photography are welcome on these dates. Those wanting to hike, bike and horseback ride during these Open Woods Weeks should be aware that there may be an increase in vehicle traffic.  In the event the Sipsey River is out of its banks and flooding the roads, the dates will be rescheduled. More information about the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex.

  • Wehle Open July 21

    Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. for open trails, horseback riding, birding and fishing. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake. Wehle Land Conservation Center

  • Float Your Boat Summer Festival July 21

    The Ninth annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve will take place July 21 starting at 10 a.m.  This year's event will feature:  Balsa Wood Boat Races City Of Pinson's "Beat The Heat", Ice cream give away Build Your Own Boat Races Kid's Fun Zone Food Music Races start at noon. 1 Boat – $5; Fleet (6 Boats) – $25; Armada (15 Boats) – $50 Proceeds benefit the Preserve.  

  • Forever Wild Land Trust Board Meeting Aug. 9

    The Board of Trustees of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will hold its second quarterly meeting August 9, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. The meeting room is located at 3121 Visitors Center Road Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-350-6639 Updates on Forever Wild program activities and tract assessments will be presented. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program to address the board. If Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are needed, please contact Jo Lewis at 334-242-3051 or Jo.Lewis@dcnr.alabama.gov. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

  • Sipsey Open Woods Week August 10-19

    During Open Woods Weeks, the public is welcome to drive into the Sipsey River complex along the main gravel road leading from the Jack's Drive parking area to the south gate. The main gate will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday and remain open through the following week until 4 p.m. Sunday. Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking and wildlife photography are welcome on these dates. Those wanting to hike, bike and horseback ride during these Open Woods Weeks should be aware that there may be an increase in vehicle traffic.  In the event the Sipsey River is out of its banks and flooding the roads, the dates will be rescheduled. More information about the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex.

  • Plant Identification and Map Reading-Shoal Creek

    The League of Outdoor Women is hosting a hike/workshop for women at Shoal Creek Nature Preserve. Event will be led by Summer McCreless, owner of Mothering Herbs. Learn how to identify plants (both good and bad) and how to read maps.  Shoal Creek Preserve is one of the easiest hiking areas to access from Florence. The preserve is protected by the Forever Wild Land Trust and includes almost 300 acres. There are two trails totaling 4.3 miles. Meet at Shoals Creek Preserve a little bit before 10 am. We will complete the workshop at 12 pm. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic after the hike.  From Florence, turn north onto Lauderdale Co. Rd. 47 towards St. Florian. In St. Florian, turn left onto Co. Rd. 61/Butler Creek Road. The tract is located roughly 2 miles down the road on the right.

  • Sipsey Open Woods Week Sept. 7-16

    During Open Woods Weeks, the public is welcome to drive into the Sipsey River complex along the main gravel road leading from the Jack's Drive parking area to the south gate. The main gate will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday and remain open through the following week until 4 p.m. Sunday. Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking and wildlife photography are welcome on these dates. Those wanting to hike, bike and horseback ride during these Open Woods Weeks should be aware that there may be an increase in vehicle traffic.  In the event the Sipsey River is out of its banks and flooding the roads, the dates will be rescheduled. More information about the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex.

  • Frontier Days at Ft. Toulouse

    Alabama Frontier Days focuses on demonstrating life on the southern frontier during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The public can experience this “living history” as many frontier crafts and trades are demonstrated by specialists dressed in historic costume. Admission: Adults - $8 Students - $7