Monday Night Yoga
Jul
31
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Aug
1
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Aug
8
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Music with Ms. Meg
Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Register by filling out the form below!

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Monday Night Yoga
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Aug
15
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Aug
19
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Fugitive Nests & Shelters

Participants will be led on a short hike to collect objects from the natural environment (nothing may be broken or picked from any living thing—only lying or resting objects) under the supervision of the two teachers. Each person keeps their object hidden from all other workshop attendees. After the hike, each person is given the opportunity to build a small nest shelter for his or her new "nature friend". They come up with a name, and a way to care for and protect the friend as if it was still in a natural environment. There will be a guided meditation journaling module within the project. If you would like to attend, please register by filling out the form below. 

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10 the day of the event

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

  • Please register below

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone

 

Have a question? 
Contact us at (205) 833 - 8264

  

 

Monday Night Yoga
Aug
21
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Aug
22
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Aug
26
10:00 am10:00

Story Time on the Mountain

Nature inspires creativity. Come join us as we will listen to nature-themed stories read by longtime Ruffner volunteer, Ms. Jerri.  Then make a fun craft to take home! Program is recommended to families with children ages 4 - 8 years old.

Monday Night Yoga
Aug
28
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Aug
29
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Wildlife Up Close
Sep
3
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands - on presentation focusing on the reptiles that roam through our forests. Going relatively unnoticed, these reptiles have unique adaptations such as camouflage that keep them hiding out of sight. Experience an up-close encounter with Ruffner's reptile animal ambassadors and learn more about why they play a key role in our ecosystem. 

This program is best suited for individuals and families with children ages six and up.

Music with Ms. Meg
Sep
9
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Sep
16
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Lifecycle Calligraphy Contours

Participants will create and experiment with ink and drawing tools made from plants at Ruffner. We will use leaf, insect, and animal plastic contours and talk about identification in the forest through silhouette. Participants will gain useful knowledge of creating inks and paints from local plant sources as well as myriad drawing and calligraphy techniques useful for illustration, drawing, and journaling (4 hours). 

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

 

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

Oct
7
8:00 am08:00

Crusher Ridge Run

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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. Most of 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 option will be available. Cahaba Brewing Co is providing beer for the festivities. Families are welcome to eat as well!

Wildlife Up Close
Oct
15
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands - on presentation focusing on the reptiles that roam through our forests. Going relatively unnoticed, these reptiles have unique adaptations such as camouflage that keep them hiding out of sight. Experience an up-close encounter with Ruffner's reptile animal ambassadors and learn more about why they play a key role in our ecosystem. 

This program is best suited for individuals and families with children ages six and up.

Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Eco-Printing & Sewing Workshop

Eco-printing is contact printing of plants onto fabric. Participants will learn about plants, fabrics, paper equipment, process, and bundling techniques. Participants will sew/applique and experiment with fabric abstraction to capture the essence of their favorite flora and fauna. Silk and linen fabric and various papers will be used as they have an affinity for plants and create fantastic prints. We will look at various traditional ways to design using natural dyes including print, paints or tie and then dye in the vat. Using bandhani and leheria techniques. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and enjoy the bounties of nature. (6 - 8 hours)

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

Music with Ms. Meg
Nov
11
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Nov
18
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Shinrin-yoku Watercolor & Marbling Nature Lab

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in phytoncides, or wood essential oils, which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as α-Pinene and limonene. This lab workshop will focus on observing and heightening awareness of textures and patterns observed at Ruffner and learning how to create beautiful watercolor washes and other watercolor and marbling techniques to promote field inquiry and your artistic and mediation practice. Support well-being through sensory immersion in the forest and through establishing a daily watercolor practice. Shinrin-yoku is a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan
(4-5 hours).

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

Dec
16
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Kirigami Native Birds & Bees of Ruffner

In this workshop, participants will experiment with drawing, folding, and simple sewing to create a wonderful, re-imagined habitat sculptural landscape zine (small book) out of paper. Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting paper (from Japanese  "kiru" = to cut, "kami = paper), rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami. (4 hours)

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org


Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jul
25
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jul
24
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Night Festival
Jul
22
7:00 pm19:00

Night Festival

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

There will be a panel discussion starting at 7:15 pm so come with your questions about all things nocturnal. Also, we will have guided hikes at 8:30 pm, but come early to sign-up at the Nature Center, as spots are limited and are sure to fill quickly.


Also featuring:
- Live classical and ambient music throughout the night
- Mothing sheets and stations
- Local nocturnal-themed art and merch available for purchase.


This is a low light event, bring a flashlight and a friend!

Hairy, Scary but Mostly Merry Fairies!
Jul
18
10:00 am10:00

Hairy, Scary but Mostly Merry Fairies!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL. Check back on our calendar for more upcoming programs!

Nature Observations through Fairy Tales with author Renee Simmons Raney

Join author Renee Simmons Raney for this free program at Ruffner Mountain. Listen to her fairy tale stories for inspiration then venture out to create your own "leave in the woods" fairy house! All ages are welcome for this program, from the little ones to the young at heart!

Space is limited for this program. Please fill out the registration form below to reserve your spot!

 

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jul
18
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jul
17
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

July Community Work Day
Jul
15
8:00 am08:00

July Community Work Day

Are you interested in working outside, learning about trail-buildling, gardening, or carpentry, or just getting a little exercise? If you said yes to any of these, then this is a great opportunity to get out and engage with your community, and maybe get your hands a little dirty in the process!

On this particular work day we will be working on five different projects, with five team leaders: Jon Woolley, Michelle Reynolds, Jamie Nobles, Mike Randolph, and Reid Robertson. All projects will take place at or around the Nature Center.

Reid will be rebuilding the pathway and installing drain boxes to help with runoff.

Jon will be working in the Habitat Garden and around the Nature center removing ragweed, pruning various plants and other various weeding and work around the garden and surrounding areas.

Michelle will be working in the rain garden removing invasives, thinning out plants, and removing/cutting back unwanted plants.

Jamie will be working around the back of the Nature center above the retaining wall removing and cleaning out the area in front of the animal cages. If time allows, he will also continue progress on the split rail fence across the parking lot.

Mike will be grading and working around our new trailhead sign. He will also be helping Reid with other runoff and drainage issues.

Only 20 spots open, so register today!

Please complete our waiver below:

Click here for waiver

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jul
11
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Story Time on the Mountain
Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

Story Time on the Mountain

Nature inspires creativity. Come join us as we will listen to nature-themed stories read by longtime Ruffner volunteer, Ms. Jerri.  Then make a fun craft to take home! Program is recommended to families with children ages 4 - 8 years old.

Monday Night Yoga
Jul
3
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jun
27
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Wildlife Up Close
Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands - on presentation focusing on the habitats, diets, and adaptations of our native animals. Experience an up-close encounter with an Animal Ambassador and learn more about how they play a key role in our ecosystem and why conservation is important.

This program is best suited for individuals and families with children ages six and up.

Please complete our waiver here  and register by filling out the form below. 

Name *
Name

 

 

Pollinator Workshop
Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Pollinator Workshop

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Did you know that a single bee can pollinate up to 6,000 flowers in its short lifetime?

Are you interested in creating habitats for native bee species in order to increase the number of local pollinators in your own backyard?  Come out to Ruffner and assemble your own pollinator condo and learn how this promotes biodiversity!

Details:

- Discuss misconceptions of bees and pollinators

- A step-by-step construction of your own bee condo and discussion of how we can be more effective in our home gardens and creating biodiversity.

- Tour of Ruffner's habitat garden where we will point out elements that you can replicate in your own yard.

- You will also receive native pollinator seeds to take home and plant to help your garden thrive.

- Resources will be available to take home that can add to your pollinator knowledge and create a successful habitat in your yard.

- Please bring your own power drill and or/hammer if you have one

**We have a 20 person capacity for this workshop. If you sign up and cannot attend, please let us know asap, so that we can make room for all who would like to attend. 

**Due to limited resources, we ask that you only make one per household if you are attending with family members.

Please click on the release waiver and complete. 

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TO REGISTER FILL OUT FORM BELOW:

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Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jun
20
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jun
19
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Cherokee Leaf Pounding Workshop
Jun
17
9:00 am09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Cherokee Leaf Pounding Workshop

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

The Alabama Folklife Association is pleased to offer a Common Threads workshop on Cherokee Leaf Pounding at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. We are fortunate to welcome Mrs. Rosa Hall, naturalist, educator, and Native American living historian, as the instructor. She will be assisted by her daughter, an author and living historian, Monica Newman Moore. AFA is pleased to be able to provide these workshops. We will be pounding away on The Back Porch, shaded by the pavilion while enjoying the surrounding woods and gardens. In accordance with federal laws, AFA events are held at facilities that meet ADA. If you need any specialized accommodations for other disabilities, please contact the AFA via email: alabamafolklife@att.net or phone 205.956.9888. You do not need experience to enjoy the morning, but you do need to bring some supplies. Refreshments will be provided. We would like to thank the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama State Council on the Arts for making this event possible.


VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

Bring your own supplies:

  • A wooden cutting board with a smooth surface --not the other kind-wooden and smooth

  • 4 or 5 leaves (do not take from the park)

  • 100% COTTON material, preferably MUSLIN, but MUST be 100% cotton

  • Small hammer with a smooth-faced head

  • Wide masking tape

**Register is required for this workshop, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cherokee-leaf-pounding-2017-tickets-30277792693

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jun
13
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Guided Hike: Mining History with Gary Bostany
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Hike: Mining History with Gary Bostany

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Miner’s Hike At Ruffner Mountain:

Join Gary Bostany on a hike at Ruffner Mountain while learning the history and its early beginnings. View some of the mining relics, iron-ore crushers and discover their purpose. Learn about the extended railroad system “the old mineral railroad” that serviced Ruffner and the rest of Red Mountain.

Ruffner Mountain was once home to the Sloss-Sheffield Mines where iron-ore and limestone were extracted and sent to the blast furnaces at Sloss. Discover Ruffner’s role in the mining heyday of Birmingham while exploring these sites and artifacts up close.

The hike is approximately 3 miles total, usually about 3.5 hours, with moderate inclines and slopes. The hike will take us to the iron ore crusher #3, and the Quarry. Adults and children 10 and up are welcome. We will meet at the tree house at the nature center and please bring water and any snacks or a bag lunch. Registration is required for these hikes.

Gary Bostany is a volunteer educational docent at Vulcan Park and Museum, and a history buff regarding Birmingham’s early days of the making of Iron and steel.

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Guided Hike: False Aloe with Michelle Reynolds
Jun
10
9:00 am09:00

Guided Hike: False Aloe with Michelle Reynolds

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join native plant enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds, for a hike to the limestone quarry where we will observe and discuss the plant species that inhabit there including the blooming false aloes (Manfreda virginica). The glade-like quarry floor is home to redbuds, eastern red cedar, rusty blackhaw, and gnarled hackberry trees. Grasses dominate the landscape where Lindheimer’s beeblossom, wild bergamot, wild petunia, and milkweeds bloom throughout the summer.   Hikers will notice the differences between the limestone quarry ecosystem and the forest canopy found throughout the mountain. This hike is 2.5 miles roundtrip with moderate inclines.

*Please register below to reserve your spot for this hike AND complete the waiver.

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Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jun
6
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Monday Night Yoga
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Yoga

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Music with Ms. Meg
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

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Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

Join us for a Community Work Day! We will be harvesting and pruning bamboo near the wetlands side of the mountain for an upcoming workshop. This is a great opportunity to get out and engage with your community, and maybe get your hands a little dirty in the process. Number of volunteers needed for this project:10

Please bring the following if possible:

- hand pruners

- loppers

- water bottle

- wear long pants, closed toed shoes

Meet at the nature center at 9am

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Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
May
30
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

CANCELLED - Monday Night Yoga
May
29
6:00 pm18:00

CANCELLED - Monday Night Yoga

MONDAY NIGHT YOGA HAS BEEN CANCELLED THIS WEEK IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY. See you next time!

Join us at the Back Porch by the Nature Center for Monday Night Yoga. This class is Beginner's Vinyasa Flow, and it is a community class. Donations are accepted but not required. Come flow with us!

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Quilt the Forest
May
27
9:00 am09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Quilt the Forest

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join textile artist and nature enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds, for this fun quilt block workshop. Design, cut, layer, and stitch to make a one-of-a-kind fabric-art block to take home. The event is FREE, open to people of all ages, and no experience is necessary to participate.

Find inspiration in nature, develop ideas, and learn to tell a story through art. Using fabric and applique techniques, you will combine color, pattern, and texture to create a square. Enjoy camaraderie of fellow participants and explore techniques that work for you. Fabric and supplies will be provided.

In accordance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all programs of the AFA are held in venues that meet these standards. Special accommodations will be made for persons with visual, hearing, or other disabilities upon request. Please contact alabamafolklife@att.net or 205.956.9888.

Creating nature-inspired art from recycled fabrics and telling stories through her writing, teaching, and through her story quilts, Michelle Reynolds strives to weave together lessons in sustainability and appreciation for the natural world. In addition, she is a columnist for Alabama Gardener, native plant specialist, and contributes to numerous organizations and community projects dedicated to conservation, education, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quilt-the-forest-2017-registration-30278645243#tickets