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

Monday Night Yoga
May
29
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
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. 

Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

Work Sites will span the mountain, from our Eastside Park property, to our 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.

Please register ahead of time by completing this form:

 

Name *
Name
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.

Registrant's Name *
Registrant's Name
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!

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. 

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 Michelle Reynolds for a hike to the limestone quarry where we will observe and discuss the native plant species that inhabit there including the false aloe.  Hikers will notice the vast difference between the limestone quarry ecosystem and the forest canopy found throughout the mountain.

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

CLICK HERE FOR WAIVER

Name of Participants *
Name of Participants
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.

CLICK HERE FOR WAIVER

Name of Participants *
Name of Participants
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!

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. 

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 Cherokee Leaf Pounding workshop 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

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!

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. 

Wildlife Up Close
Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this presentation focusing on the birds that roam through our forests. 

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

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!

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. 

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.

Community Work Day
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

Work sites will span the mountain from our Eastside Park property, to our 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.

Please complete our waiver below:

Click here for waiver

Jul
21
Jul 31

Moth Week

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
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.

Aug
19
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Fugitive Nest & 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.

  • 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

  

 

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.

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
May
23
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
May
22
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!

Citizen Science: Frogwatch USA
May
20
5:00 pm17:00

Citizen Science: Frogwatch USA

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join one of Alabama's few FrogWatch USA's chapters for a volunteer certification training in citizen science!

Frog and Toad populations are declining dramatically. Learn how to track local populations that will get entered in to a nation-wide database in one of the largest citizen scientist initiatives in the United Sates!

See registration information below. You must register for this class to attend. Space is limited.

The class is 4 hours long: 2 hours for the lecture, and 2 hours in the field.

This event is FREE.

Pizza will be provided. Field portion will consist of a one mile walk outside in limited light - rain or shine, cold or warm. Ages 10+

Limited spots are available, so if you plan on attending please reserve your spot below and complete our waiver:

WAIVER

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
May
16
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
May
15
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!

May
13
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

Work Sites will span the mountain, from our Eastside Park property, to our 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.

 

Please pre-register by completing the form below:

 

Name *
Name
Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
May
9
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
May
8
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
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

**REGISTRATION IS FULL! Please check our calendar for more upcoming programs!

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this presentation focusing on the birds of prey that roam through our forests. Often unseen, these animals play a vital role in our ecosystem. Also, experience an up-close encounter with one of Ruffner's Resident Animal Ambassadors! 

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

**This program is at capacity

WAIVER

 

Music with Ms. Meg
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

**Registration for this class is full. We'll see you next time!**

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.

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
May
2
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. 

Spring Native Plant Sale
Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

Spring Native Plant Sale

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Ruffner Mountain, in partnership with Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, is proud to announce its annual spring plant sale will be Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The selection will include more than 40 species of native plants, including Bottlebrush Buckeye, Coreopsis, Dwarf Crested Iris, and a selection of native trees and grasses.

We hope to see you there!

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Apr
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. 

Guided Hike: Alabama Ecology and Geology
Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Guided Hike: Alabama Ecology and Geology

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Hike Ruffner Mountain for Earth Day while celebrating the amazing biodiversity of Alabama.  This nature hike will include a trip to Ruffner's limestone quarry where we will learn about the ancient fossils found there.  We will then head up to the overlook for the best view of Bham!  Hike is approximately 3.2 miles overall and is suited for individuals and families with moderate hiking experience. 
 

Limited spots are available, so if you plan on attending please reserve your spot below and complete our waiver:

WAIVER

 

REGISTRATION FORM:

Name *
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Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Apr
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. 

Guided Hike: Native Plants with Jamie and John
Apr
15
2:00 pm14:00

Guided Hike: Native Plants with Jamie and John

 

If you missed our first wildflower hike of the season, join Ruffner's Conservation Director, Jamie Nobles and John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a Spring time hike on the mountain.

Participants on this walk will have the opportunity to view, learn to identify and discuss the numerous spring-flowering plants that grace Ruffner Mountain. The forests and fields of Alabama are magical in the spring because of our state’s incredible biodiversity. 

To attend this hike, please read and complete our waiver and fill out the registration form:

Waiver: Click here for waiver

Registration form:

Name *
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Community Work Day
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain

Work Sites will span the mountain, from our Eastside Park property, to our 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.

***This workday we will be weeding and improving the habitat demo garden next to the nature center. Volunteers please wear closed toed shoes and bring water and gloves if you have them (Ruffner will have extra pairs if needed). Keep in mind with spring in full swing, there is poison ivy present and volunteers are also advised to dress appropariately, long sleeves and pants are ideal. We will need around 10 volunteers to help with this project.
 

Please fill out our waiver below and pre-register.

Click here for waiver

Name *
Name
Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club meeting with Darryl Patton
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club meeting with Darryl Patton

Join the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club for their April meeting in which renowned herbalist and forager Darryl Patton will lead a plant walk/discussion at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve.  

We will meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center at 6:00p and walk from there along the Geology Trail where Darryl will point out medicinal and edible plants "in the wild" as it were.

Darryl Patton is a wilderness survival expert, outdoorsman, adventure traveler, and herbalist who studied under the tutelage of Tommie Bass - one of the last of the old Appalachian Mountain herb doctors. Patton teaches wilderness survival skills around the country and is an instructor with Randall's Adventure Training in Ft. Payne, has been a consultant for the Discovery Channel's 'Man vs. Wild' with Bear Grylls, and also is the author of 'Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass.'

Patton's walk will last about forty-five minutes and he will focus on presenting the traditional edible and medicinal uses of many of the indigenous plants that can be found in the Appalachian region of the southeastern states. 

The walk will not be strenuous and is suitable for all ages. Time permitted, we will meet on the back porch at Ruffner to continue the discussion.

To learn more about the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club check them out here: http://www.sierraclub.org/alabama/cahaba

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Apr
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. 

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Apr
4
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. 

Registration is closed - Guided Hike: Spring Wildflowers with Michelle Reynolds
Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

Registration is closed - Guided Hike: Spring Wildflowers with Michelle Reynolds

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS HIKE.  Please check our calendar for more guided hikes!

Come enjoy the spring beauty offered by the countless wildflowers on the Mountain. Our own Michelle Reynolds will guide you down the trail, while sharing her vast wildflower knowledge. 

To attend this hike please read and sign our waiver and complete the registration form below.

Waiver:

Click here for Waiver

 

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Mar
28
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. 

Native Pollinator Workshop - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

Native Pollinator Workshop - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

We are at capacity for this workshop and registration is full.  Please check our calendar for more upcoming educational workshops, hikes and community workdays. 

Did you know that a single bee can pollinate up to 6000 flowers in its short lifetime?

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

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

This workshop will consist of a number of activities aimed at raising awareness of our native pollinators while becoming more effective in our home gardens and creating biodiversity.

Details:

  • Bee scientists from Auburn University will be in attendance to discuss pollinators and to answer questions. Common misconceptions of bees and pollinators will also be addressed.

  • Become a citizen scientist by identifying the pollinators you would like to have in your backyard habitat, and inputting your findings into a world wide database, iNaturalist.org that will help scientists learn more about the pollinators populations.
     

  • Discuss common misconceptions of bees and pollinators.
     

  • Resources 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

Click here for WAIVER

 

 

 

Mar
21
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. 

Community Work Day
Mar
18
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Work Sites will span the mountain, from our Eastside Park property, to our 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.

Meet at the nature center for March 18th workday.  This volunteer opportunity will be focused on improving one of our owl exhibits!

 

Please fill out our waiver below and pre-register 

Click here for waiver

Name *
Name
Mar
7
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner Mountain

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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. 

Mar
4
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg - CLASS IS FULL

  • 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.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

Mar
4
7:30 am07:30

District 9 Day of Service

  • 700 Lexington Street

Eight Projects. Seven Neighborhoods. One Day. 

The home base for the Wylam project that Ruffner will be leading is Fire Station #17 (700 Lexington Street, Birmingham, AL 35224).

Other projects will be in the Dolomite, South Pratt, East Thomas, Enon Ridge, and Evergreen neighborhoods, in addition to a second project in the Wylam neighborhood.

Ruffner will be teaming up with 1st Baptist Church East Thomas on a clean up of Tin Mill Road and 8th Avenue.

Finale/lunch celebration from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Pick-up sticks, Gloves, Vests, and Glasses will be provided by Ruffner Mountain. Trash bags and recycled bags donated by KBB and AEC.

For more information, contact Ruffner at 205-833-8264.