Play to Learn: An Outdoor Adventure For the Cook Museum Team

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We’ve shared with you before that at the Cook Museum we believe that you can “Play to Learn”. On Friday, the Cook Museum team ventured out of our incubator to enjoy a day in nature. We traveled over to Phil Campbell to explore Dismals Canyon.

Dismals Canyon is an 85 acre natural conservatory privately owned and operated. It is not a State Park or National Park. It was, however, designated a “National Natural Landmark” in 1975 by the National Natural Landmark Program.

The Cook Museum team followed the 1.5 mile hiking trail through the canyon. Through the heart of the canyon flows “Dismals Branch”, a winding stream that enter the canyon through “Rainbow Falls”.  The canyon floor follows the stream through boulders, waterfalls, and mossy-green and pearl gray filled ferns and giant trees.

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Alabama ranks 4th as the most biologically diverse state in the nation. Dismals Canyon is a great example because of its rich diversity of native plant life. More than 350 different species of Exotic Flora have been identified by botanists exploring the canyon. Aside from the necessary clearing of the trails, the canyon is still completely natural.

There is much to discover in Dismals Canyon. Admission is charged for entrance into the park to support conservatory efforts. The Cook Museum team enjoyed their day out of the office to “Play to Learn”. Take some time out to go explore this beautiful natural phenomena. We are sure you will be amazed at what can be found here, tucked deep into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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