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    PARKS

    Birmingham has a rich and varied cultural heritage. Its diverse urban parks help to celebrate a history of industrial development and the artistic creativity of our great city. Birmingham Parks provide iconic venues for local recreation, family activities, music and concerts, and renowned cultural events, all connecting the inhabitants of a thriving city. You can find those activities by clicking here.

    Railroad Park

    Presented by Railroad Park at Railroad Park, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as "Birmingham's Living Room," Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family ...more


    Introduction to Native Plant Conservation (core)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 27, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Bob Boyd, Ph.D., Professor, Auburn University
    Saturday, August 27 | 8:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $80|Non-members $90...more

    Introduction to Flower Arranging 2

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 28, 2016

    Instructor: Zhaleh McCullers

    Sunday, August 28 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    Members $30 | Non-members $35

    This introductory class will...more

    Alabama Splash Adventure

    Presented by Alabama Splash Adventure at Alabama's Splash Adventure Waterpark, Bessemer

    May 28 - September 5, 2016

    Alabama Splash Adventure offers two theme parks including family rides and slides for one great price. The amusement park has grown to be Alabama’s premier destination offering a day of family...more

    Seasonal Series

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 10, 2016

    Instructor: Hank Siegel
    Saturday, September 10 | 9-1 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $65|Non-Members $75

    Learn the techniques, tools and skills...more

    Sebastian’s RunWalk for a Cure

    Presented by Children's of Alabama at Veterans Park - Hoover, Hoover

    September 10, 2016

    Families and friends will have the opportunity to join others in the fight against childhood cancer at Sebastian’s RunWalk for a Cure on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Veterans Park in...more

    Southeastern Outings Dayhikes, Picnic, Swim, Bicycle Ride

    Presented by Southeastern Outings

    September 10, 2016

    Clear Creek National Recreation Area on Smith Lake in the Bankhead National Forest, Manchester, Alabama, about 15 minutes out of Jasper in Walker County

    Enjoy easy hiking, swimming,...more

    Introduction to Botany - The Science of Plants (core)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 10, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Tom Diggs PhD, Asst. Professor, University of North Georgia
    Saturday, September 10 | 8:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members...more

    Lunch & Learn: All About Bulbs

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 14, 2016

    Speaker: Amanda Clark
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Easy care and low maintenance? Yes, and they bring...more

    Whiskeys of the World

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 15, 2016

    Instructor: Brooke & Nathan McMinn
    Thursday, September 15 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members: $30 | Non-members: $35

    Back by...more

    Cahaba Medical Care Health Fair

    Presented by Cahaba Medical Care at DeBardeleben Park in Downtown Historic Bessemer, Bessemer

    September 16, 2016

    FREE Community Health Fair 

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    1:00pm - 6:00pm

    Cahaba Medical Care, in partnership with Henry Schein, Inc., presents the Healthy Lifestyles,...more

    Preserve Jazz - Over The Mountain Music Festival

    Presented by Moss Rock Management, LLC at Town Hall at The Preserve, Hoover

    September 17, 2016

    An early fall, world-class, outdoor jazz festival held annually in the Birmingham/Hoover, AL metro area.


    The Art of Making Paper from Native Plants (new elective)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 17, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Doug Baulos, Asst. Professor of Drawing and Book Arts, UAB
    Saturday, September 17 | 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $45 |...more

    Southeastern Outings Dayhike on the Black Creek Trail in Fultondale

    Presented by Southeastern Outings

    September 18, 2016

    Walk on a rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way. This smooth trail is wide and level. No hills! This finely-crushed rock surface trail goes through mostly...more

    Burningham10 ArtMusicDance Fest

    Presented by Burningham Birmingham at Oak Mountain State Park , Pelham

    September 24, 2016

    Our 10th anniversary DIY arts festival with Fire Dancers at sundown! plus henna, drums, improv, and art. All ages FREE with park admission. Noon until 10:00 pm rain or shine. at REDBUD...more

    Plant-Soil Relationships (core)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 24, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Henry Hughes, Director of Education, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Saturday, September  24 | 8:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens...more

    Boulevard Blast 5K in Historic Norwood

    Presented by Norwood Resource Center

    September 24, 2016

    Boulevard Blast 5k in Historic Norwood  - 3rd Annual Race

    The Boulevard Blast 5K is held in the Historic Norwood Neighborhood in the Northside Birmingham Community,...more

    Love Your State Parks Day Festival with participation by Southeastern Outings

    Presented by Southeastern Outings and Oak Mountain State Park

    September 24, 2016

    Join with a great many other people at this most enjoyable event dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of and generating community support for preserving, nurturing and supporting our...more

    Southeastern Outings Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park on a Saturday afternoon

    Presented by Southeastern Outings

    September 24, 2016

    On a Saturday afternoon during the Love Your State Parks Day Festival Southeastern Outings will lead for your enjoyment a relatively easy, approximately three-mile walk on trails in the woodlands...more

    Lunch & Learn: Transplanting and Caring

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 28, 2016

    Speaker: David Doggett
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Discover the tried and true techniques of planting,...more

    Autumn at Moss Rock Preserve (field trip)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 1, 2016

    Trip Leaders:
    Patrick Thompson, Arboretum Specialist, The Davis Arboretum at Auburn University
    John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Saturday,...more

    Bark in the Park

    Presented by Shelby Humane Society

    October 1, 2016

    You don't want to miss Bark in the Park!  Hosted by Alabaster Parks & Recreation and organized by The Best Friends of Shelby Humane, Bark in the Park is the family-friendly and...more

    Paws for the Cause 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run/ Dog Walk

    Presented by Shelby Humane Society at Veterans Park - Hoover, Hoover

    October 8, 2016

    Shelby Humane Society is the only open-admission animal shelter in Shelby County.  We care for over 5,000 lost, homeless & unwanted pets each year.  We rely on fundraisers such as...more

    Lunch & Learn: Ask the Experts!

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 12, 2016

    Speaker: TBD
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Bring your garden related questions and ask the panel. Trees,...more

    American Girl Girls Just Like Me: Monarch Butterfly Journey with Lanie

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 13, 2016

    For children age 5 and above
    Instructor: Robin Geurs
    Thursday, October 13 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    $20 Members | $25...more

    National Eating Disorders Awareness Walk

    Presented by National Eating Disorders Association at Avondale Park--Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, Birmingham

    October 15, 2016

    2nd Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Walk

    NEDA Walks are educating affected individuals and their families, while raising vital funds in the fight against eating disorders. Help...more

    Glorious Containers

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 15, 2016

    Instructor: Gloria Clemmensen, Designer & Gardener
    Saturday, October 15 | 9:00 am - Noon
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $15 | Non-Members $20

    Think...more

    The Science and Art of Green Roofs (new elective)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 14 - October 15, 2016

    Instructors:Ed Snodgrass, Proprietor, Emory Knoll Farms, Inc., Maryland
    Julie Price, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Friday, October 14|8:30-4:30...more

    Fall History Festival

    Presented by Oak Hill Cemetery at Oak Hill Cemetery , Birmingham

    October 16, 2016

    Bring your families and lug out the strollers! It'll be a great day of learning a little more about the history of Birmingham and Alabama, in general, and you'll get to meet some amazing people....more

    American Girl Girls Just Like Me: Monarch Butterfly Journey with Lanie

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 16, 2016

    For children age 5 and above
    Instructor: Robin Geurs
    Sunday, October 16 | 2-4 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    $20 Members | $25 Non-Members

    Inspired by...more

    Lunch & Learn: They're So Wicked

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 26, 2016

    Speaker: Verna Gates
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Discover what plants are harmful or toxic, how to control...more

    Life Time Cycle All-level Avondale Ride

    Presented by LIfe Time Fitness at Avondale Park--Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, Birmingham

    April 3 - October 31, 2016

    This is an all-level bike ride sponsored by Life Time Fitness that is open to all adults (members and non-members). We all meet at Avondale Park every Sunday ready to ride at 2:30. There are...more

    Whiskeys of the World

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    November 3, 2016

    Instructor: Brooke & Nathan McMinn
    Thursday, November 3 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members: $30 | Non-members: $35

    Back by popular...more

    Southern Tales at The Gardens

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    November 6, 2016

    Story by: Dolores Hydock
    Music by: Bobby Horton
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Linn Henley Lecture Hall
    Sunday, November 6 | 2:00 p.m.
    GENERAL ADMISSION...more

    MLK Day 5K Drum Run - Birmingham

    Presented by Leftover Energy, LLC

    January 14, 2017

    The MLK Day 5K Drum Run/Walk is a celebration of the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in Birmingham, Alabama. Starting and finishing in Kelly Ingram Park in the Civil Rights District,...more

    Ave Maria Grotto

    Presented by Ave Maria Grotto at Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

    Ongoing

    Known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of...more

    Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park

    Presented by Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park at Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park, Birmingham

    Ongoing

      The Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park honors Birmingham native and Temptations lead singer Eddie Kendrick, who traveled the world but never forgot his Alabama roots. Sculpted by Ronald Scott...more

    Lakeside Park

    Presented by Pell City Parks and Recreation Department at Lakeside Park, Pell City

    Ongoing

     Lakeside Park is located on 65 acres adjacent to the Pell City Civic Center. Picnic areas are available under the trees at no charge. Pavilions with individual restrooms are priced below....more

    Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center

    Presented by Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center at Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center, Tuscaloosa

    Ongoing

    From 1886 to the Present…
    Experience the star-studded history of Daimler-Benz, the world's premier automobile manufacturer. The story is chronicled in the Mercedes-Benz Visitor...more

    Moundville Archaeological Park

    Presented by Moundville at Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville

    Ongoing

    The Moundville site, occupied from around A.D. 1000 until A.D. 1450, is a large settlement of Mississippian culture on the Black Warrior River in central Alabama. At the time of Moundville’s...more

    Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park

    Presented by Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park at Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park, Brierfield

    Ongoing

    Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park is located on the site of the historic Bibb Naval Furnace, the only ironworks owned by the Confederacy. Brieffield Ironworks Historical State Park...more

    Oak Mountain State Park

    Presented by Oak Mountain State Park at Oak Mountain State Park , Pelham

    Ongoing

    The day-use activities at Oak Mountain State Park set it apart from the rest. With the oldest continuously operating BMX Track in the nation, over 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails...more

    Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

    Presented by Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    History and Background
    Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition, Inc., a 501 ( c ) 3 non profit organization, founded in 1977 operates as the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. From...more

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