Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Visual Ecology: Suminagashi & Shinrin-yoku Eco Art with Jon Woolley

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

Registration for this program is closed. Please contact meg@ruffnermountain.org to be added to our waiting list.

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.

Suminagashi means "floating ink" and is a wonderful way to create vibrant, striking patterns on paper. This ancient technique uses ink and water to create ethereal marbling patterns.

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). If you plan to attend please register by following the link below.

Ages 12 and up

*Please wear appropriate clothing/shoes for the hiking portion of the workshop, and be sure to bring a sketchbook or notebook to take notes.

Free

B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Donations welcome for program materials

Have a question?

Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

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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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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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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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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:

 

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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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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)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

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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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Guided Hike: Night Hike with Christine
Nov
15
4:30 PM16:30

Guided Hike: Night Hike with Christine

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

Come test your senses as we take a leisurely hike after sunset to uncover the nocturnal mysteries of the mountain! We will begin by walking without our flashlights to learn about bio-luminescence and night vision. We will spend the second half of the hike with our flashlights on, then return to the Nature Center for an animal encounter. This family-friendly night hike is best suited for ages 9 and up. There is a limited number of spots for this program. **Registration and a completed waiver per participant are required**

 

Click here to register and complete waiver

 

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Habitat Garden Club
Nov
14
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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Barber's-Mayfield Shades Creek Restoration Work Day
Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

Barber's-Mayfield Shades Creek Restoration Work Day

Join The Nature Conservancy in Alabama, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and Ruffner Mountain for an exciting work day on the banks of Shades Creek!

We will meet at the planting site, 2721 5th Ave. S, Irondale, AL 35210, at the western end of the Publisher's Warehouse building. We will be working along that section of the upper Shades Creek starting at 9AM until noon or 1PM. We plan to plant hundreds of native, riparian plants along the creek banks as the first planting of this restoration efforts with The Nature Conservancy and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.

If you would like to attend the Friday set-up date or the Saturday planting date please email Jamie Nobles at jamie@ruffnermountain.org or Charles Yeager at cyeager@bsc.edu.  We will be grateful for all assistance for this project."

Some of the most vital habitats and ecosystems for native plant and animal life in the area are located along Shades Creek and its watershed. Through creek bank recontouring and the planting of riparian native plant species, we will create a built-in safeguard against invasive species in the area that will also act as a natural nursery for native plants. Finally this new riparian (creek side) biome will serve as a much-needed educational environment for local public schools and universities. 

So, come on out and help us beautify Irondale and Birmingham as we work to ensure a healthy future for all of our native flora and fauna and learn more about biodiversity and ecology in the process! 

 

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Habitat Garden Club
Nov
7
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
Oct
31
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

This Tuesday's Habitat Garden Club, weather permitting, will be a seed picking day in the quarry. 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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Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2017 Native Plant Conference
Oct
26
to Oct 29

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2017 Native Plant Conference

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrating the Astounding Biodiversity of the Southeast

2017 Native Plant Conference

Celebrating the Astounding Biodiversity of the Southeast

October 26, 27, 28 & 29

Members of BBG & Sponsoring Organizations and Businesses - $165

Non-members - $185

Full Time Students - $135

(All prices include lunch both days)

Student Scholarships Available

Conference Honoree – Bill Finch

Featuring: Pre-conference workshops, sales of books authored by presenters, plant sales, student poster session, field trips and a special evening dinner with entertainment.

For more information, visit https://bbgardens.org/npc.php

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Habitat Garden Club
Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

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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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

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

Registration for this program is closed. Please contact meg@ruffnermountain.org to be added to our waiting list.

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 

  • Donations towards program material costs welcome

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

 

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Ruffner Turns 40!
Oct
21
8:00 AM08:00

Ruffner Turns 40!

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On October 21, Ruffner will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition. Yes, it really has been four decades! We can’t believe it either.

Ruffner was founded in 1977 when a small group of dedicated individuals decided to save a mountain threatened by deforestation and development. This was the start of the modern nature movement as we know it today in Birmingham.

Over the years, Ruffner has grown from a few acres to more than 1,000, making it one of the largest privately held, urban nature preserves in the country. It is the urban forest of the Magic City.

Join us on Saturday, October 21st at Ruffner Mountain for live music courtesy of Seasick Records, guided nature and history hikes, ecoarts activities for all ages, plus a good ol’ fashioned cookout (or grill out, or barbeque, or get-down), sponsored by Alabama Power, Bud’s Best, and Golden Flake. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s sure to be a great time.

Additional activities and events planned. Check back later for more details.

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Habitat Garden Club
Oct
17
8:00 AM08:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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Wildlife Up Close
Oct
15
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. 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. 

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

*A completed waiver is required for this program. Please arrive a couple minutes early to fill one out or print and complete one here, following the link below. 

WAIVER

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Ruffner Trail Team Workday
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Ruffner Trail Team Workday

Join us on the Crusher Trail as we remove invasive plants and improve drainage near The Crusher. This is a great opportunity to get out and get a little sun and exercise while learning more about trailwork, trail building, native flora, and Ruffner itself!

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants or high socks, sunscreen if necessary, and gloves. We will also provide gloves for as many participants as we can.

We'll see you at the Nature Center!

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Habitat Garden Club
Oct
10
8:00 AM08:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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Oct
7
8:00 AM08:00

Crusher Ridge Run

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!

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Habitat Garden Club
Oct
3
8:00 AM08:00

Habitat Garden Club

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. 

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8th Annual Cahaba Fry-Down: Fish Fry Competition & Festival
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

8th Annual Cahaba Fry-Down: Fish Fry Competition & Festival

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Come Down, Get Down, Fry Down!

  CAHABA RIVER FRY-DOWN 2017, presented by Amerex

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017 | 12 - 4 PM | RAILROAD PARK

Each October the Cahaba River Society hosts an event that's not only good for the planet, but also the palate! This event has become another staple in Birmingham's dynamic food scene as culinary masters, old and new, battle it out for the top catfish cooking prizes.

The Fry-Down, generously sponsored by Amerex, allows CRS to continue its work to restore and protect the Cahaba (Alabama’s longest remaining free flowing river), the river's watershed and its rich diversity of life. 

his event features fun for all ages with a carnival-like atmosphere, live music, amazing food, a climbing wall, hula-hoopers, a children’s parade, face-painters, educational games, petting zoos, a beer garden and more! Come bring your family, bring your friends, and celebrate with us as we raise awareness on the importance of the Cahaba River, as well as party in celebration of all that river provides for this community, state & country!

ickets are $20 and include catfish and sides from our Fry Teams.

Kids 12 and under--FREE!

For tickets and additional information visit https://www.frydown.com.

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Guided Fall Hike with Michelle Reynolds
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Guided Fall Hike with Michelle Reynolds

***Registration is full for this hike! Please check our calendar for upcoming programs: https://ruffnermountain.org/calendar/

During September, late summer blooms persist while fall flowers begin to emerge on the mountain. A profusion of gold, blue, pink, and purple wildflowers appears along the trails and on the limestone quarry floor. Butterflies are everywhere, bees are buzzing, and the birds are active. Join us on a hike to the limestone quarry to see blue mistflower and salvia, purple wild petunia and aromatic aster, yellow composites, sneezeweed and goldenrod, pink false foxglove, and white blooms of boneset, thoroughwort and wingstem. We’ll also see plenty of interesting berries and birds along the way.

To best prepare for this hike, we recommend the following:

- Wear proper footwear for hiking such as closed-toe shoes. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip and consists of varried terrain.
- Bring a water bottle
- Though Ruffner loves having leashed dogs on the trails, please leave your furry friends at home for our Guided Hikes.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 205-833-8264

Michelle Reynolds is a gardening writer, artist and naturalist who has a vast knowledge in native plants. Space is limited for this hike. Reserve your spot by registering below. Please complete a registration for each participant attending the hike. You will also need to complete a waiver (below) or arrive early to fill one out.

WAIVER

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Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Lifecycle Calligraphy Contours

**Registration for this program is closed. Please email meg@ruffnermountian.org to be added to the waiting list.

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.

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

  • Donations towards program material costs welcome

  • Registration is required

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

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Community Work Day
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Community Work Day

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

Are you interested in working outside, learning more about native fauna, gardening, 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!

For this particular work day we will be painting fence posts at mine entrances, and removing invasive plants at Mine #2.   

We hope to see you there!

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