In 1990, Ruffner had approximately
30,000 annual visitors and over a 1,000 members.
Today, Ruffner has approximately
100,000 visitors each year, but fewer than 500 members.
Ruffner is still free to enter after all these years – 40 to be exact –
because of member support.
WHAT IS MEMBERSHIP?
Put simply, membership is like a use fee for all the things you have access to at Ruffner—14 miles of trails, public restrooms, educational programs, a parking lot, the Nature Center and the Back Porch pavilion—all for free. To keep these in operation and open to everyone, we ask those that can afford it to please sign up for membership.
So, if you walk, hike, or run the trails, if you enjoy the panoramic vistas, if you love learning about the natural world, or simply like having a place to park and take a break from city life, now is the time to become a Ruffner member. Check out your options below...
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Ruffner Mountain is the largest nature preserve in the Birmingham Metro Area and one of the largest urban nature preserves in the United States. It is a site for Citizen Science programs, Bio Blitz events, native bat and amphibian surveys, research into the causes of American Chestnut Blight, and groves of new growth long leaf pine. Each year, through nature education and eco-arts programming, it impacts the lives of countless students and scores of schools and universities across the state.
Ruffner does not receive federal, state, or county funding, nor does it have an endowment. Approximately 47% of its annual budget comes from donations.
If you believe in its mission to advance the understanding of ecology in a rapidly changing world, support Ruffner with a gift today.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT RUFFNER?
Volunteers can join...
THE HABITAT GARDEN CLUB
Join us as we expand our Habitat Demonstration Gardens. Learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills! Tasks include garden bed prep, planting, transplanting, weeding, and site cleanup. Habitat Garden Club meets every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in front of the Nature Center.
THE RUFFNER TRAIL TEAM
Help to build new trails and maintain those existing on the mountain. This opportunity is best for individual volunteers who are active and interested in physically demanding work and learning more about how to build the best hiking and walking trails possible.