Discover Shooting Stars and native plants on Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain this Spring

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Ruffner Mountain’s executive director Carlee Sanford discovered 1980s Nature Preserve newsletters called the Shooting Stars. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just after she became Executive Director for Ruffner Mountain, Carlee Sanford unearthed copies of the organization’s first newsletters from the early 1980s. The name of the publication?

The Shooting Star.

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Birmingham featured in family getaway story by the popular website Scary Mommy

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Supporting McWane Science Center is a hands-on activity at Beaker Bash. Photo submitted

Just in time for Spring Break, Scary Mommy, a digital publication with over 3.9 million “likes” on Facebook, has published a story featuring Birmingham as an ideal family getaway.

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94 ways to get healthier in Alabama and have fun at the same time

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View from Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by Linda Cato Wurstner-Oak Mountain State Park

Our forests, rivers and public lands in Alabama are chock full of opportunity for adventure. But, did you know they offer more than a great place to fish, hunt or hike? They actually help you stay healthier! Read on to find out how.

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Don’t miss 4 guided hikes led by Birmingham conservation groups in October, including Red Mountain Park

Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust

Breakout your hiking boots Birmingham.  4 local conservations groups will be leading specially guided hikes in October. Here is your chance, to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, recharge your batteries and meet folks.

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4 natural treasures Alabama has protected through the Forever Wild Program

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Family hiking DeSoto State Park which has been expanded by the Forever Wild Program. Photo from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Billy Pope

In November 1992, the Forever Wild Constitutional Amendment was approved by an 84% statewide vote,a national record for a conservation ballot measure at that time. Twenty years later, in 2012, when the Forever Wild amendment was re-authorized by referendum, an overwhelming 76% of Alabamians voted to continue the successful program.

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April is Earth Month in Birmingham. Check out our tip sheet

Cahaba RIver Society’s Latonya Scott

Forty-eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was held in Alabama, the United States and the world. That one event launched the global environmental movement.  Today in Birmingham, nearly five decades later, Earth Day is a month-long celebration.

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