Little River Canyon Science Trails

Traveling the Educational Path of Little River National Preserve

Boy at National Park river preserve poses with seashell
Little River Canyon National Preserve neighbors were able to explore their area's scientific and cultural heritage.

Little River flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. The river and canyon systems are spectacular Appalachian Plateau landscapes any season of the year. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, stream riffles and pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.

This project provided a hands-on science opportunity for park neighbors and visitors to learn about the value of bats in northeast Alabama. With the threat of White-nose Syndrome diminishing our bat populations, it is more important than ever to educate the public about the ecology and significance of these wonderful flyers. The park hosted educational programs including workshops on how to build bat houses, and allow the public to help monitor bats.

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