Sep
25
8:30 am08:30

Shades Creek Cleanup

Join us for the Shades Creek Cleanup on Saturday, September 25. We will be meeting at Samford University that morning at 8:30 and working until 12:00 Noon. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, School groups and families are encouraged to join us to clean up Shades Creek and our community. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Contact: Michelle Blackwood, (205) 541-7244

Sep
29
6:00 pm18:00

BUTS Thursday Evening Ruffner Runs

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS) conducting evening runs on Ruffner Mountain every Thursday starting at 6PM.  Typically low numbers of runners (>10) but may increase over time.  Trails and route TBD by trip leader each week.  All runners should wear headlight or bring secondary light source.  Off-use trails will be assigned by Ruffner's Land Manager, J. Nobles.  Jeff and Hunter will also be issued a key for the Back Porch restrooms.

Event contact: 
Hunter Lane (1st and 3rd Thursdays)
hunter@newtonrunning.com
cell: 615-440-7577
Jeff Cornelius (most Thursdays)

Ruffner contact: J. Nobles
jamie@ruffnermountain.org
cell: 205-789-9141

Oct
6
6:00 pm18:00

BUTS Thursday Evening Ruffner Runs

Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS) conducting evening runs on Ruffner Mountain every Thursday starting at 6PM.  Typically low numbers of runners (>10) but may increase over time.  Trails and route TBD by trip leader each week.  All runners should wear headlight or bring secondary light source.  Off-use trails will be assigned by Ruffner's Land Manager, J. Nobles.  Jeff and Hunter will also be issued a key for the Back Porch restrooms.

Event contact: 
Hunter Lane (1st and 3rd Thursdays)
hunter@newtonrunning.com
cell: 615-440-7577
Jeff Cornelius (most Thursdays)

Ruffner contact: J. Nobles
jamie@ruffnermountain.org
cell: 205-789-9141

Oct
8
8:00 am08:00

Ruffner Mt. Crusher Ridge (5k, 21K, and 42K)

This is a challenging 21K loop with a double-loop option for a 42K. Consisting of mostly single track trail, the loop will take you to every corner of the park and showcase all three of the rock crushers that give the race its name. Trails are technical and incorporate 4,500' of elevation change across the single 21K loop. The 5k route will give folks a taste of what the mountain has to offer but with a lot less elevation. Course will be well marked with sprinkler flags, survey tape and signage at turns. Runners may switch between the 21k and 42k distances at any time before or during the race by notifying race officials.

This is a 100% charitable race. All proceeds from the 21k and 42k race entry fees will go to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve to help them continue the great work they do. All proceeds from the 5k race entry fees will go to the Exceptional Foundation as a thank you for making the race medals for the last 2 years. Because this race is for charity, we do not issue refunds. If you cannot make it, consider it a donation to this amazing nature preserve.

Details

Start: 8:00am for 21K/42K, 8:30 a.m. for 5K

Course: 21k loop, 2 loops to make the 42k; 5k lollipop

Race day registration and packet pick up: 6:30am; $5 increase for race day registration (shirts not guaranteed for race day registrants).

Aid Stations: There will be an aid station at the start/finish, at Salvage Rd and at Gray Fox Gap (you go through this aid station twice). Aid stations will have water, Tailwind, gels and other basic ultra aid station fare. NOTE: please bring a handheld or hydration pack. October in Alabama tends to get warm in the afternoon. You will NEED hydration between aid stations.

Food: We will have the grill going at the finish. Please hang out after you finish your race and have a burger, chips, cookies, and a beverage. Vegetarian/vegan options will be available. One of the local breweries will be providing beer for the festivities. Families are welcome to eat as well!

Finisher Awards: Medals are made by the exceptional people at the Exceptional Foundation.

Swag: Cotton race shirts and anything else we can dig up.

Course Map

View the Course Map

Read Turn-by- Turn Directions

Sponsors

BUTS: Birmingham Ultra Trail Society

BUTS Members receive a $5 discount. If you’re not a member, join here! (Then request a discount

code at maryc@runbuts.com)

More sponsors TBA

To Register: Ultra Sign Up

Costs: 

5k – $30 ($35 Race Day)

21k – $55 ($60 Race Day)

42k – $55 ($60 Race Day)

Oct
13
6:00 pm18:00

BUTS Thursday Evening Ruffner Runs

Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS) conducting evening runs on Ruffner Mountain every Thursday starting at 6PM.  Typically low numbers of runners (>10) but may increase over time.  Trails and route TBD by trip leader each week.  All runners should wear headlight or bring secondary light source.  Off-use trails will be assigned by Ruffner's Land Manager, J. Nobles.  Jeff and Hunter will also be issued a key for the Back Porch restrooms.

Event contact: 
Hunter Lane (1st and 3rd Thursdays)
hunter@newtonrunning.com
cell: 615-440-7577
Jeff Cornelius (most Thursdays)

Ruffner contact: J. Nobles
jamie@ruffnermountain.org
cell: 205-789-9141

Oct
14
8:30 am08:30

The Science and Art of Green Roofs

Instructors:Ed Snodgrass, Proprietor, Emory Knoll Farms, Inc., Maryland
Julie Price, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, October 14|8:30-4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, October 15|8:30-12:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens and other locations
Members:  $110 | Non-Members $125
 

All over the world, more and more green roofs are being installed on a variety of structures - ranging from dog houses and garden sheds to large industrial complexes. Replacing bare roof-tops with live plants accomplishes many purposes, among them: reducing the costs of power by forming a “natural” layer of insulation to regulate building temperatures; prevention of water run-off; aesthetics of plants, rather than bare surfaces; habitat for many living organisms, especially pollinators.
This event will begin in the classroom where participants will learn the basics of green roof design, installation and maintenance. Plant selection will be discussed and images of many green roofs around the world will be shown. The class will then go to a site nearby where we will have a hands-on experience planting a green roof!
The following morning, we will visit several green roofs in Birmingham, each very different in scope. 
 

CLASS CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Refunds (minus a $15 processing fee) given if notification is made at least 10 business days prior to class start date. (You are always welcome to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.) A $15 processing fee will be charged for class transfers at any time. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to lack of participation; if we cancel a class as such, we will issue a full refund. Please be aware that we strive to hold classes regardless of weather, so plan accordingly. In the unlikely event a class has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, we will attempt to notify you, and a refund (minus a $15 processing fee) will be issued.

Sign up here: http://www.bbgardens.org/the-science-and-art-of-green-roofs-new-elective.php

Oct
15
8:00 am08:00

Gosse Nature Walk #2

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Dr. Ansel Payne for the second event in our new Gosse Nature Walk series. GNW #2 takes us to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center for a morning of birds, geology, pollinators, and more. Meet up is at 8 a.m. in the main parking lot (GPS: 33.558207, -86.707493). As always, Gosse Nature Walks are free and open to the public; just be sure to bring water, snacks, walking shoes, and seasonally appropriate attire. Cameras are also a great idea! (We can provide a limited number of binoculars and field guides, but encourage you to bring your own, if you have them.) Hope to see you there!

Oct
15
8:30 am08:30

The Science and Art of Green Roofs

Instructors:Ed Snodgrass, Proprietor, Emory Knoll Farms, Inc., Maryland
Julie Price, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, October 14|8:30-4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, October 15|8:30-12:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens and other locations
Members:  $110 | Non-Members $125
 

All over the world, more and more green roofs are being installed on a variety of structures - ranging from dog houses and garden sheds to large industrial complexes. Replacing bare roof-tops with live plants accomplishes many purposes, among them: reducing the costs of power by forming a “natural” layer of insulation to regulate building temperatures; prevention of water run-off; aesthetics of plants, rather than bare surfaces; habitat for many living organisms, especially pollinators.
This event will begin in the classroom where participants will learn the basics of green roof design, installation and maintenance. Plant selection will be discussed and images of many green roofs around the world will be shown. The class will then go to a site nearby where we will have a hands-on experience planting a green roof!
The following morning, we will visit several green roofs in Birmingham, each very different in scope. 
 

CLASS CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Refunds (minus a $15 processing fee) given if notification is made at least 10 business days prior to class start date. (You are always welcome to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.) A $15 processing fee will be charged for class transfers at any time. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to lack of participation; if we cancel a class as such, we will issue a full refund. Please be aware that we strive to hold classes regardless of weather, so plan accordingly. In the unlikely event a class has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, we will attempt to notify you, and a refund (minus a $15 processing fee) will be issued.

Sign up here: http://www.bbgardens.org/the-science-and-art-of-green-roofs-new-elective.php

Oct
16
4:30 pm16:30

Ruffner Mountain and Alabama Wildflower Society Present: The First Annual Cheesy Marty Hike

Join us on Sunday, October 16, at 4:30 PM for our first annual wine and cheese hike to honor Marty Schulman, a long-time champion of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, and one of its most beloved naturalists. This is a great opportunity to meet and hang out with someone who knows the mountain like the back of his hand, and he may even share a story or two. Come out and let Marty guide you to one of his favorite spots on Ruffner Mountain. Once there, we will take in the majestic beauty of Birmingham. We hope to see you there

Rain Date: Sunday, October 23

Oct
27
6:00 pm18:00

BUTS Thursday Evening Ruffner Runs

Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS) conducting evening runs on Ruffner Mountain every Thursday starting at 6PM.  Typically low numbers of runners (>10) but may increase over time.  Trails and route TBD by trip leader each week.  All runners should wear headlight or bring secondary light source.  Off-use trails will be assigned by Ruffner's Land Manager, J. Nobles.  Jeff and Hunter will also be issued a key for the Back Porch restrooms.

Event contact: 
Hunter Lane (1st and 3rd Thursdays)
hunter@newtonrunning.com
cell: 615-440-7577
Jeff Cornelius (most Thursdays)

Ruffner contact: J. Nobles
jamie@ruffnermountain.org
cell: 205-789-9141


Sep
5
7:00 am07:00

Russ Bailey Memorial Bird Walk

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Russ Bailey was a long-time member of Birmingham Audubon, and “back in the day” when we held only one field trip per month, Russ would have an impromptu field trip on the Labor Day holiday. His philosophy was that with the southbound migration well underway it was pointless to waste a perfectly good day of birding!

Russ usually went to Lake Purdy to look for shorebirds but the past few years the shorebirding there has been lackluster due to changing water levels in the lake. Therefore, this year we’re headed to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, a well-known local birding hotspot. Ruffner’s woodland habitat and myriad hiking trails will provide excellent birding opportunities as we look for colorful warblers, vireos, tanagers and thrushes. You can read more about Ruffner Mountain on the Alabama Birding Trails website, here.

Plans: Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the main parking lot at the entrance to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, which is located at 1214 81st St S., Birmingham, AL 35206. Ruffner's phone number is (205) 833-8264. We will bird in the vicinity of the parking lot first, as it often provides excellent views of birds in the shrubby vegetation and adjacent hardwoods. We will then proceed up the mountain in search of more migrants.

Trip leader: Greg Harber, 205-807- 8055 (cell).

Aug
27
9:00 am09:00

MHO, BMR, & Ruffner Present: Outside Birmingham

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Are you a hiker? A camper? Maybe you’re someone who simply loves to get outside. Well, you’re in luck because on Saturday, August 27, Ruffner Mountain, Mountain High Outfitters, and Birmingham Mountain Radio are teaming up for the first annual Outside Birmingham, an outdoor event where we give you the chance to hit the trail and try out the newest in camping and outdoor gear and accessories.

Stations will include: Packs & Poles, Hammocks & Tents, Cooking & Water Filtration, Orienteering, and Trail Running. There’s really going to be something here for everyone. While you’re there you can enjoy a beer courtesy of Cahaba Brewing, Octane coffee, and learn more about making you’re outdoor experience the safest and the best that it can possibly be from Ruffner’s very own wildlife curators.

So join us on Saturday, August 27th, at Ruffner Mountain for Outside Birmingham. Get outside. Re-discover Birmingham.

Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Pokémon Go! Hike

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Come out to beautiful Ruffner Mountain and catch all your favorite Pokémon! 

Jul
25
Jul 29

"Gross Out Camp"

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Fresh Air Family's award-winning hands-on biology science camp studies in the forest and creek beds

  • Students entering grades 1-4
  • 9 am to 5 pm
  • $200/$225 non-members

Gross Out camp studies biology, chemistry, and physics, all in hands-on field work in creek beds and science experiments. All as it relates to the Gross World. 

Register here: http://www.freshairfamily.org/#!ruffner-mountain-camps/c1jrw