This weekend Kathy Stiles Freeland, Ruffner's first Executive Director, came by the Nature Center for a visit along with Betty Kimbrell and her two daughters. Betty's husband, Billie Joe, actually painted the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center sign hanging behind them in this photo; it is one of our most treasured relics at Ruffner. If it hadn't been for them, Ruffner would certainly not be what it is today. We are beyond grateful for them and that they took the time to visit us this weekend. Kathy was one of the founders of Birmingham's nature movement, and we try every day to advance the understanding of ecology and carry on the work of conservation in her spirit. It is an honor to follow in her footsteps.