Get your green on with 6 Birmingham conservation events

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Ruffner Mountain
These Birmingham conservation events help keep our city green. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Saving the earth while having fun? Count me in. You don’t want to miss these six Birmingham conservation events happening all over the city. We have all of the details for you. Read on for the scoop.

1. Southern Exposure Film Virtual Screening September 30

Southern Exposure documentaries
Neat documentaries highlighting AL. Photo via Alabama Rivers Alliance

First up on the Birmingham conservation event rundown is a free virtual screening of the 2021 Southern Exposure documentary films. Every summer, Southern Exposure brings together the best filmmakers from around the nation for six weeks to produce documentaries celebrating people and places in Alabama.

Tonight, four films make their debut. After the showing, Alabama Rivers Alliance Executive Director Cindy Lowry, UAB’s Michele Forman and the Southern Exposure Fellows will do a Q&A.

Event details:

2. Ruffner Mountain Native Plant Sale

Ruffner Mountain
Strollin’ through Ruffner Mtn. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Need some new greens to freshen up your garden? This weekend, don’t miss Ruffner Mountain’s Fall Native Plant Sale.

Pick up these fall plants this weekend:

  • Wild Bergamot
  • Goats beard
  • Blue Mistflower
  • Narrowleaf Sunflower

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Find the full lineup of plants on Ruffner Mountain’s website.

Event details:

  • When: Member pre-sale—Friday, October 1; Public sale—Saturday, October 2-Sunday, October 3
  • Where: Online
  • Order at RuffnerMountain.org

3. Red Mountian Evergreen Campaign

Red Mountain Park's beauty
Have you ever been to Red Mountain Park? Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Do you love Red Mountain Park and want to become a member? In the month of October, if you donate over $75, you qualify for a membership to this spectacular green space.

This fundraising event allows for Red Mountain Park to continue to be a free, inclusive nature experience for all Alabamians.

Event Details:

  • When: Campaign runs throughout the the month of October
  • Donate $75 to become a member

4. Celebrating Electric Car Week

An electric vehicles event @ Pepper Place
Are you in the market for a new electric car? Photo via Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition’s Facebook

Zoom on over to The Market at Pepper Place and learn how you can enjoy the eco-friendly + exciting experience of owning an electric vehicle. Electric vehicle owners will be showing off their sweet rides.

Love cars? Want to learn more about electric vehicles? This event is for you.

Event details:

5. Cahaba River Society Fry Down

A little competition + cat-fish
You don’t want to miss this cool, catfish conservation event. Photo via Cahaba River Society

Everyone will be talking about this catfish cook-off by the end of the weekend. The Cahaba River Fry Down celebrates the Cahaba River—The Magic City’s primary drinking water source and a treasure of biological diversity.

Tune in to this competition to see who will be this year’s catfish king.

Event details:

  • When: Sunday, October 3 from 12-4PM
  • Where: Watch live online
  • Admission: FREE for everyone to watch

6. Earthbound’s Earthfest 2021

The last, but not least conservation event: Avondale Brewery hosts Earthbound's Earthfest
Rockin’ at Avondale Brewing. Photo via Avondale Brewery’s Facebook

A conservation event at Avondale Brewing: there is truly nothing better.

Rock out to the best music in town next weekend when Earthbound headlines Earthbound’s Earthfest. This event is supporting Black Warrior Riverkeeper—a clean water advocacy organization protecting Alabama’s Black Warrior River watershed.

Oh, and did we mention that there will be beer, art AND food trucks.

Event details:

  • When: Sunday, October 10 from 2-8PM
  • Where: Avondale Brewing Company, 201 41st St S Birmingham, Al 35222
  • Admission: FREE, suggested $5 donations at the door will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Which Birmingham conservation event are you most excited about? Let us know on Instagram.

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