Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

Wildlife Up Close

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

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

Music with Ms. Meg

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  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guided Hike: Mining History

This hike is full. Please email Christine Johnston at christine@ruffnermountain.org with your preferred phone number to be added to the waiting list. You will be notified if a spot becomes available.

Miner’s Hike At Ruffner Mountain:

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

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

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

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

 

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

Storytime on the Mountain

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

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

Southern Stopovers: Wheeler & the Whooping Cranes

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

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

*No registration is required for this program

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Habitat Garden Club
Dec
19
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

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

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

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

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

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Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Kirigami Native Birds & Bees of Ruffner
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

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

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

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free

  • Donations towards program material costs welcome

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

To register, please fill out the form below.

Name *
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Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

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Habitat Garden Club
Dec
12
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

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

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

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

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

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

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op Presents: The March Quilts

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

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

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

 

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Trail Team Workday
Dec
9
8:00 AM08:00

Trail Team Workday

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

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

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

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

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ASAN Food & Farm Forum
Dec
8
to Dec 9

ASAN Food & Farm Forum

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

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

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Habitat Garden Club
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

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

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

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

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

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Habitat Garden Club
Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

Habitat Garden Club

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

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

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

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

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

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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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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

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  • 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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