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Campfire Talk - Civilian Conservation Corps: The Men Who Shaped a Nation

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!

On May 24, 1939, DeSoto State Park was dedicated and opened to the public.

In honor of DeSoto State Park's 84th Anniversary, gather with DeSoto State Park Naturalist Brittney M. Hughes as she delves into the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Discover the remarkable projects undertaken by these men within the park and learn how their efforts have left an enduring mark on our natural landscape.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state's then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks.

Date: May 24, 2024

Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m. (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

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