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 Pavilion. To keep these in operation and open to everyone, we ask that those who can afford it please sign up for membership, or give $3 if you are not already a Ruffner member.

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.



Ruffner Mountain is a 1,040 acre urban nature preserve in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama providing science and nature education programming, 14 miles of trails, and a protected area for thousands of species of native flora and fauna. It is a site for Citizen Science programs and an array of scientist conducted research projects, including 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 EcoArts programming, it impacts the lives of countless students and scores of schools and universities across the state.

Ruffner Mountain does not receive federal, state, or county funding. It does not have an endowment. Approximately 47% of its annual budget comes from donations. 

If you believe in our mission to advance the understanding of ecology in a rapidly changing world, support Ruffner with a gift today.


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Ruffner HICA Volunteers

Individual volunteers 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.

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.

Due to staffing limitations, Ruffner Mountain will not be accepting volunteer groups at this time.


You can also check the Calendar to find your next volunteer opportunity!