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

Guided Fall Hike with Michelle Reynolds

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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8th Annual Cahaba Fry-Down: Fish Fry Competition & Festival
Oct
1
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Oct
7
8:00am 8:00am

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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Wildlife Up Close
Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

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

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

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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Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

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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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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Nov
11
8:00am 8:00am

Barber's-Mayfield Shades Creek Restoration Work Day

Join Ruffner Mountain and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve for an exciting work day on the banks of Shades Creek!

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! 

Additional details and full plant list forthcoming. 

 

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

Music with Ms. Meg

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

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

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

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Nov
18
9:00am 9:00am

Visual Ecology: Shinrin-yoku Eco Art with Jon Woolley

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 nature sculptures using found materials. Support well-being through sensory immersion in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan
(4-5 hours).

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free

  • Donations towards program material costs welcome

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Interested? Just fill out the form below to reserve your space.

Have a question? Contact info@ruffnermountain.org.

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Dec
16
9:00am 9:00am

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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Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

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 Workday
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Community Workday

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

Music with Ms. Meg

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

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

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

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Birmingham Audubon Presents: Gosse Nature Walk #7
Sep
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Birmingham Audubon Presents: Gosse Nature Walk #7

From Birmingham Audubon:

"The seventh installation of our Gosse Nature Walk Series takes us back to Ruffner Mountain for a lunchtime nature break. Join us for birds, botany, and the beginning of fall!

The details: Meetup is at noon in the main Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve parking lot, located on the northwestern face of the mountain, at the far end of 81st Street South.

As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire. Since part of this trip involves a moderate walk up the mountain side, good walking shoes are a must.

(Mobility issues? Email us—we’re always happy to accommodate your needs.)

Trip leader: Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director Ansel Payne leads this trip. Email him to RSVP, or call 205-719-3678, ext. 2."

This event is FREE. 

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Birmingham Audubon Presents: Russ Bailey Memorial Bird Walk
Sep
4
8:00am 8:00am

Birmingham Audubon Presents: Russ Bailey Memorial Bird Walk

Join the Birmingham Audubon Society for the annual half-day event celebrating the life and legacy of Birmingham birder Russ Bailey. Over the years, Russ dedicated countless Labor Days to impromptu field trips in pursuit of southbound migrants, a tradition that continues with this great half-day field trip to Ruffner Mountain.

The details: Meetup is at 8 a.m. at the main Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve parking lot, located on the northwestern face of the mountain, at the far end of 81st Street South.

As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire. Since part of this trip involves a moderate walk up the mountain side, good walking shoes are a must.

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

The birds: Participants will enjoy good odds for fall migrants, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, and Broad-winged Hawks. You can check out the latest eBird checklists for Ruffner here.

Trip leader: Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director Ansel Payne leads this trip. Email him to RSVP, or call 205-719-3678, ext. 2.

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Wildlife Up Close
Sep
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

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. Please register by filling out the form below and complete the waiver for each participant attending. Please arrive early if you need to complete the waiver the day of the program.

WAIVER

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Guided Hike: Mining History
Sep
2
10:00am10:00am

Guided Hike: Mining History

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

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! Please check our calendar for more upcoming programs!

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. Join Gary Bostany and discover Ruffner’s role in the mining heyday of Birmingham while exploring these sites and artifacts up close.  Learn about the extended railroad system “the old mineral railroad” that serviced Ruffner and the rest of Red Mountain.

The hike is approximately 4 miles total, usually about 3.5 hours, with moderate inclines and slopes. The hike will take us to Mine Site #3, the limestone quarry and overlook. Adults and children 10 and up are welcome. We will meet at the nature center. Please bring water and any snacks or a bag lunch if you'd like. Registration is required for these hikes as well as a completed waiver for each participant attending.

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.

Please complete the waiver here: WAIVER

 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Fugitive Nests & Shelters
Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Fugitive Nests & Shelters

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

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

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

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

  • Please register below

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

  

 

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Community Work Day
Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

Community Work Day

Are you interested in working outside, learning more about native faun (like the Great horned owl), 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 working on outdoor animal exibits, including cleaning the Great Horned owl cage and building a new hide box, cleaning the hillside of brush and overgrowth in front of the outdoor cages.

In addition to this, we may continue work to extend the split-rail fence along the top of parking lot.

We hope to see you there!

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

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. 

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

Music with Ms. Meg

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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Night Festival
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Night Festival

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


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


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

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

Hairy, Scary but Mostly Merry Fairies!

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

Nature Observations through Fairy Tales with author Renee Simmons Raney

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

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

 

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

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. 

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

July Community Work Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only 20 spots open, so register today!

Please complete our waiver below:

Click here for waiver

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Name
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Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner
Jul
11
9:00am 9:00am

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. 

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