Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Southern Environmental Center offering fall outdoor education programs

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Turkey Creek – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Seeking outdoor education programs this school year?

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (TCNP) and Southern Environmental Center (SEC) have options for students at home during the pandemic and schools looking to get the kids outside this fall.

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11 new EcoScapes for Birmingham schools? Now that’s a great idea

Southern Environmental Center Director Roald Hazelhoff at the BSC EcoScape. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

For nearly 25 years Southern Environmental Center’s (SEC) Roald Hazelhoff has been the “Johnny Appleseed” of EcoScape gardens in Birmingham

This upcoming school year may be his busiest year ever.

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Who’s bringing back native plants to the landscape of Alabama? Take a look and see.

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St. Stephen’s native plant volunteers (L to R)  Gwendolyn Griffith, Lois Chaplin, and Chris Boles. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“They know what to do.”

That’s how John Manion, curator of the Kaul Wildflower Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, explains why native plants are important for our gardens and natural landscapes in Birmingham.

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Learn about the “Magic City School Bus Project” and 4 ways you can support it at Ecofest on November 7

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Students at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve by their “Magic City School bus. Photo courtesy of Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

Over 14,000 students visit the Southern Environmental Center’s campus & Turkey Creek Nature Preserve facilities annually.

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A point of light: Remembering President George H.W. Bush’s visit to Birmingham-Southern College

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President George Bush shaking hands with BSC President Neal Berte in 1990, Photo courtesy of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

One of Birmingham’s fondest moments of President George H.W. Bush was his visit to the Magic City promoting recycling and conservation nearly three decades ago.

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3 things you can do now to help keep Alabama the Beautiful

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Roald Hazelhoff, director of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo courtesy of Southern Environmental Center

In our first two installments “Protecting Alabama the Beautiful by cleaning up our mess” and “Turning dumps into natural wonders” we examined Alabama’s legacy of pollution problems and remarkable comeback stories, including Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Red Mountain Park. In this, our third and final installment, we provide 3 ways you can help make, and keep, Alabama the Beautiful.

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From dumps to natural wonders. See how two communities brought back nature in Birmingham and Jefferson County

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Tire cleanup at Red Mountain Park. The park removed more than 4000 tons of garbage from illegal dumps in 2017. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

Paradise lost. That is how a long time resident once described Pinson, Alabama’s Turkey Creek Falls, in the 1990s, because of the garbage and trash that littered the streamsides, forests and majestic falls. A beloved natural wonder in Jefferson County, this special place, that use to be a playground for residents throughout the region, was surrounded by dumps, and had become a magnet for drugs, crime and a proposed jail.

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3 reasons why you need to attend the Southern Environmental Center’s Sweet Birmingham on October 5

Michelle Hampton, Office Manager at theSouthern Environmental Center shows off the “Magic Bus” people can purchase to support 60 children at the center’s programs. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Got a sweet tooth? Love nature? Here is an event for you.  Check out Sweet Birmingham.

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program needs your help

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from the Southern Environmental Center.

Located just 15 miles outside the Birmingham city limits, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson is widely regarded as the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild program.

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8 World Cup predictions from local soccer experts, including the Birmingham Legion

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Photo of the American Outlaws section at the U.S. vs Haiti Women’s friendly 2015 at Legion Field

In just a few hours, the productivity of the entire world is about to decrease for an entire month. It is not because of war, famine or a breakdown in the global economic system.  Today, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia begins.

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