Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Description:Located 10 minutes from downtown Birmingham, Ruffner Mountain is located on 1,000 acres of land. There are trails for hiking, and a nature center for learning about natural resources. There are many programs offered and their website includes a link to homeschool programs.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1214 81st Street South
Address 2:
City:Birmingham
State/Province:AL
Zip Code:35206
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:M-Sat 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sun 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission:free/donations welcome
Telephone:(205) 833-8264
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Esther G., Co-op Member
Our homeschool group of about 25 went on a field trip to the wetlands of Ruffner Mountain. It was a good field trip.

We arrived at the Nature Center, toured the indoor nature center, gathered our group and then carpooled over to the other side of the mountain to the wetlands area. That was a little hairy, but we were given a map and directions, so we all made it. To get to the wetlands area, there is an easy 1/2 mile walk on an old road bed, through some beautiful woods.

Our group was divided into two groups, Pre-K through 2nd grade and 3rd and up. Each group was led by a Ruffner Mountain guide. The guide were very knowledgeable and good with kids. The children used nets to scoop in the marsh and found many amazing creatures and plants. The children were led on a short hike around the marsh, look at the flora and fauna of a marsh, and learn the importance of wetlands.

We were also able to walk to a spring and the children were able to feel the water and talk about the the mining industry that once inhabited the area.

After our tour, we walked back to our cars, returned to the nature center and had lunch in their nice outdoor pavilion.

It was a relaxing, interesting, and educational field trip. The only part that was a little difficult was the car trip to and from the wetlands area.
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