One of the things we love about Ruffner

is that it's free and open to everyone. Help us to keep it that way.

Find the option that's right for you.



Are you a Ruffner regular? Do you know the Mountain like the back of your hand? It's time to support Ruffner through membership. 

    Membership Goal
  • 100%


  • Members as of 8/16/17
  • 31%




Be the cool kid in the parking lot

Sign up for Membership and receive an exclusive Ruffner Member Car Decal

Volunteer and become a part of one of the largest

urban nature preserves in the United States


You can join...

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.

Work sites span the mountain from the Eastside Park property, to the Nature Center, to Ruffner Road. This is a great opportunity to get out and engage with your community, and maybe get your hands a little dirty in the process. Work days are typically the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon, meeting at the Nature Center.  Check the calendar for more details.  Community work days are a great way to involve your office group, church group, school, or other community program in volunteering at Ruffner. Pre-register your group on the appropriate Calendar event page, or by contacting our Conservation Technician at

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.


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you can also check our calendar to find your next volunteer opportunity.