All About Lichen - Lecture & Hike
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

All About Lichen - Lecture & Hike

Registration is FULL for this program. Please email Christine@ruffnermountain.org with your name and phone number if you would like to be put on the waiting list. 

Lichen: Is it a plant? Fungus? Join Naturalist and Biology Professor Carl Sloan for this lecture and hike to discover the world of lichens and how they play a role in our ecosystems. We will examine the intricacies of this wonderful organism, including what makes them so unique. 
There is limited capacity for this program, please register below: 

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Music with Ms. Meg
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

Join us once again in celebrating our “neighbors” in urban wildlife!

This year’s classes will still expose students to singing, dancing, book reading, crafting, and a whole bunch of ecology, but in two age brackets: 0-3 and 4-6.

In the 10:00 am class for ages 0-3, Meg will focus on motor development, social and language skills, early exposure to music and nature, and, for parents, resources for being musical at home with your infant or toddler.

Then at 2:00 pm, our 4-6 year old class will meet to explore the connections between music and wildlife as we did last year! Both classes will last approximately one hour. Registration for this program is highly appreciated.

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Guided Hike: Mining History
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Hike: Mining History

This hike has a limited number of spots open!

 

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 nature center. Please bring water and feel free to bring 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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Fresh Air Family Presents: Gross Out Camp 2018
Mar
26
to Mar 30

Fresh Air Family Presents: Gross Out Camp 2018

Spring Break Gross Out Camp 2018
(It's science, but please don't tell the kids!)

Details: 

Ruffner Mountain
$225 members, $250 non-members
Ages 6-11

Session Date:
March 26-30

From 9AM to 5PM, daily
Before and Aftercare Available
$25

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.grossoutcamp.org/spring-break

Contact:
Amanda@FreshAirFamily.org

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Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plant Sale 2018

Ruffner Mountain, in partnership with Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, is proud to announce The Annual Spring Plant Sale.

Featuring: more than 40 species of native plants, including bottlebrush buckeye, scarlet buckeye, mountain mint, gray-headed coneflower, silphium, and a selection of native trees and grasses.

BIOPHILIA, n. : A love of the natural world.

Poster and additional info coming soon!

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Music with Ms. Meg
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

Join us once again in celebrating our “neighbors” in urban wildlife!

This year’s classes will still expose students to singing, dancing, book reading, crafting, and a whole bunch of ecology, but in two age brackets: 0-3 and 4-6.

In the 10:00 am class for ages 0-3, Meg will focus on motor development, social and language skills, early exposure to music and nature, and, for parents, resources for being musical at home with your infant or toddler.

Then at 2:00 pm, our 4-6 year old class will meet to explore the connections between music and wildlife as we did last year! Both classes will last approximately one hour. Registration for this program is highly appreciated.

Guardian Name *
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Music with Ms. Meg
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

Join us once again in celebrating our “neighbors” in urban wildlife!

This year’s classes will still expose students to singing, dancing, book reading, crafting, and a whole bunch of ecology, but in two age brackets: 0-3 and 4-6.

In the 10:00 am class for ages 0-3, Meg will focus on motor development, social and language skills, early exposure to music and nature, and, for parents, resources for being musical at home with your infant or toddler.

Then at 2:00 pm, our 4-6 year old class will meet to explore the connections between music and wildlife as we did last year! Both classes will last approximately one hour. Registration for this program is highly appreciated.

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Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Cherokee Leaf Pounding
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Cherokee Leaf Pounding

The Alabama Folklife Association is pleased to offer our 4th Cherokee Leaf Pounding workshop at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. Mrs. Rosa Hall, a naturalist, educator, and Native American living historian will serve as the instructor. She will be assisted by textile artist and living historian Monica Newman Moore. 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.

**Registration is required, click here to register

You do not need experience to enjoy the morning, but you do need to bring your own supplies (see list below). Refreshments will be provided. This program is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The workshop is part of AFA's Bicentennial Cultural initiative, Common Threads: Sewing Our Stories.

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
Toothbrush

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Music with Ms. Meg
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

Join us once again in celebrating our “neighbors” in urban wildlife!

This year’s classes will still expose students to singing, dancing, book reading, crafting, and a whole bunch of ecology, but in two age brackets: 0-3 and 4-6.

In the 10:00 am class for ages 0-3, Meg will focus on motor development, social and language skills, early exposure to music and nature, and, for parents, resources for being musical at home with your infant or toddler.

Then at 2:00 pm, our 4-6 year old class will meet to explore the connections between music and wildlife as we did last year! Both classes will last approximately one hour. Registration for this program is highly appreciated.

Guardian Name *
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Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Quilt the Forest
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Quilt the Forest

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.

*Registration is required, click here to register

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.

This workshop will contribute to our program, Common Threads: Quilting Our Stories, a cultural initiative of the Alabama Folklife Association.funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Daniel Foundation of Alabama.

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B'ham Audubon Presents: Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb
18
8:00 AM08:00

B'ham Audubon Presents: Great Backyard Bird Count

Register here: https://birminghamaudubon.org/event/2018-02-17/

Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Birmingham Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with four great counts, including two field trips in support of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count.

The first of these half-day trips takes us to the Birmingham Zoo for a fun morning spent counting our city’s winter birds.

The details: Meetup is at 8 a.m. in front of the zoo’s main ticket booths, accessible from Cahaba Road. As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate (i.e., warm) attire. If you have your own binoculars, you’ll definitely want to bring them along—we’ll have only a limited number of loaners on hand.

(Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.)

The birds: You’ll find the latest eBird records for the zoo here.

Count leaders: Matt Hunter (205-915-8186) leads this trip.

More information: To learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how to participate at your home feeder, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT https://birminghamaudubon.org/event/2018-02-17/.

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Music with Ms. Meg
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Birmingham-based musician, Meg Ford, and Big Bee are back for another year of MMM!

This year’s classes will still expose students to singing, dancing, book reading, crafting, and  a whole bunch of ecology, but in two age brackets: 0-3 and 4-6.

In the 10:00 am class for ages 0-3, Meg will focus on motor development, social and language skills, early exposure to music and nature, and, for parents, resources for being musical at home with your infant or toddler.

Then at 2:00 pm, our 4-6 year old class will meet to explore the connections between music and wildlife as we did last year! Both classes will last approximately one hour.

Join us once again in celebrating our “neighbors” in urban wildlife! Registration for this program is highly appreciated--please let Meg know that you’ll attend by registering here:

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Wildlife Up Close
Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands - on presentation focusing on the animals that roam through our forests. In this family-friendly program we will discuss the unique adaptations that allow these animals to survive. Also, we will experience an up-close encounter with Ruffner's animal ambassadors and learn more about why they play a key role in our ecosystem. Meet us at the nature center!

*No registration required

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Friends of Shades Creek Salamander Festival
Jan
27
2:30 PM14:30

Friends of Shades Creek Salamander Festival

FREE

The Salamander Festival is Coming!

Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Road, Homewood, AL

Learn about Salamanders! 

Displays about fish, frogs, turtle, and birds - Free Arts and crafts for kids to make. 
Food plate with chocolate - $1.00 fossils, microscopes, recycling
Tree and Plant displays, and much more.

Schedule of Events: 
2:00 - Guided Nature Hike at Patriot Park - before the festival

3:00 - Festival Begins with Animal and Plant displays 

4:00 - Welcome from:
            Friends of Shades Creek & The City of Homewood

4:00 - Awards and The Salamander Story

4:30 - Presentation - Oak Mountain Wildlife Center Birds

4:40 - Ambers Wilson - Whooping Crane Outreach Program
           Enjoy Music with Rob Angus and his Band!

Food and drinks may be purchased at The Salamander Festival for $1.00. 

Sponsored by America's First Federal Credit Union and The City of Homewood


 

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Storytime on the Mountain
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Storytime on the Mountain

Nature inspires creativity. Come join us at the Nature Center as we will listen to stories read by longtime Ruffner volunteer, Ms. Jerri.  For January's program, we will be hearing the story "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson. Then make a fun craft to take home! No registration required.

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Southern Stopovers: Wheeler & the Whooping Cranes
Jan
5
5:30 PM17:30

Southern Stopovers: Wheeler & the Whooping Cranes

The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to protect cranes, and the ecosystems they depend on. Here in Alabama we have two species of crane, the Sandhill Crane and the Whooping Crane, both of which come to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge during the winter. The Whooping Crane is one of the rarest birds on the planet with only around 500 individuals in the wild, currently.

Come to the Ruffner Nature Center to learn about the what makes cranes so unique in cultures around the world, why the Whooping Crane became so endangered, how researchers are working to protect this species and how you can help! This program is presented by Amber Wilson of the International Crane Foundation.

*No registration is required for this program

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Habitat Garden Club
Dec
19
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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

  • Donations towards program material costs welcome

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

To register, please fill out the form below.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone

 

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

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Habitat Garden Club
Dec
12
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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Bib & Tucker Sew-Op Presents: The March Quilts
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op Presents: The March Quilts

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a non-profit in Birmingham with the mission of cultivating skills for those who sew or want to sew. We have a vision of being a hub for sewing activities that empower, educate and engender economic development. We achieve our goals through programs such as The March Quilts.

This community art project chooses a theme of human or civil rights annually and sheds light on the theme through open sewing sessions where facilitators help participants embroider or appliqué quilt blocks. Members of Bib & Tucker then sew the blocks into quilts. In three years, the Sew-Op has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the Selma to Montgomery marches and the Supreme Court ruling on Loving V. Virginia. It has also raised awareness of the gender wage gap. We have facilitated the creation of over 650 quilt blocks and sewn six quilts. For year 4, Bib & Tucker has chosen the theme of Environmental Awareness. This year, The March Quilts aims to foster a sense of connection to the natural world, promote sustainable development and encourage conservation of irreplaceable natural resources and vulnerable plant and animal species. We will facilitate sewing sessions at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Ruffner Nature Center, UAB Hospital and more. To learn more visit: http://www.bibandtuckersewop.org/the-march-quilts.html

There are limited spots for this program. To guarantee your spot, register below:

 

Name *
Name
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Trail Team Workday
Dec
9
8:00 AM08:00

Trail Team Workday

Join us on the Quarry Trail, Saturday, December 9, for our monthly Trail Team Workday!

We will be working to further update the quarry trail drainage and widening the trail itself. Also, we will remove invasive honeysuckle along the Quarry and Overlook trails.

If you plan to attend, please fill out a waiver form, which you can find here: WAIVER, and please sign up using the form below. 

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
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ASAN Food & Farm Forum
Dec
8
to Dec 9

ASAN Food & Farm Forum

The ASAN Food & Farm Forum is the central annual gathering of ASAN’s statewide network of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and good food advocates. Approximately 250 diverse participants from across the state will come together for a weekend of “cross-pollinating” and collaboration to build a more robust local food system throughout Alabama. You don't want to miss it! 

For more information visit: http://asanonline.org/forum17/

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Habitat Garden Club
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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Habitat Garden Club
Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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