Sunday, February 01, 2009

BEN Special - Calendar of Events 2009 (Updated)

The Old Railroad Bridge (now a "walking" trail) on the Tennessee River From Sheffield, Alabama

Dear BEN Readers:

Below is a partial list of conservation activities occurring throughout Alabama in 2009.  This year, we are committed to update this list at the end of each month.  Please contact BEN at to submit information about an event in your neighborhood.

Thank you for caring about Alabama's environment .  I look forward to seeing you at some of these events or out on the trail!

Best Wishes,

Pat Byington

Publisher, Bama Environmental News - BEN


Schedules - Visit these websites to access up to date calendar of events in your community:

Environmental Education Centers: Museums, Zoos and Gardens

Dauphin Island Sea Lab -

Friends of Locust Fork River -

Weeks Bay Foundation -

Anniston Museum of Natural History -

Huntsville Botanical  Garden -

Landmark Park in Dothan -

Birmingham Botanical Gardens -

Auburn Forest Preserve -

Montgomery Zoo -

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center -

Dauphin Island Sea - 

McWane Center -

Burrtitt in the Mountain -

Birmingham Zoo -  http;//

Alabama Museum of Natural History -

Environmental Education Hikes, Outings, Tours, Clean-ups, Tree Plantings

Wild South -


Freshwater Land Trust -

Fresh Air Family -

Jones Valley Urban Farm -

Central Alabama Grotto -

Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club -

Alabama Hiking Trail Society -

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama -

Shoals Earth Month - or

Alabama Power's Renew Our Rivers -

JSU Field Schools Schedule -

Birmingham Audubon Society -

Alabama Wildlife Federation/Alabama Nature Center -

Alabama Coastal Foundation -

Alabama Wildlife Center -

Camps/Environmental Education Centers

Camp McDowell -

Coastal Wonders - Environmental Education Programs at Beckwith -

Camp ASCCA -

YMCA Camp Cosby -

Sumatanga Camp and Conference -

The Water Course -

Southern Environmental Center -

Special Fundraisers

Ducks Unlimited -

Alabama Wildlife Federation (Wild Game Cook-Offs) -

State & Federal Events and Tours

Department of Conservation's Special Programs -

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Tours -

Television Schedule

Discovering Alabama -


February - June - Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama's Spring Burst Hikes - Visit  for the schedule.

February 9-10 - Baldwin County Water Festival in Daphne, Alabama - For details call the Alabama Coastal Foundation at 251-990-6002 or visit 

February 14 - Wild About Chocolate - The Alabama Wildlife Center 5th Annual Wild About Chocolate Valentine Gala - 7:00 PM at Workplay in Birmingham, Alabama - Tickets in advance are $75 and can ordered at 205-663-7930.  For additional details visit 

February 16 - "Climate Change: A Call to Community" at Miles College in Birmingham, 8:30am to 4:30pm - Keynote speaker: Sr. Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices - visit the Alabama Faith Council website -  for details.

February 22 - Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Center (near Fort Payne) Dedication & Grand Opening - For details call 256-782-5697 

February 23-25 - The Alabama Fisheries Asociation's 25th Anniversary Meeting at Auburn University -

February 27 - Fish Fry Fundraiser Suppers to Benefit the North Sand Mountain Farmer's Market - 3-7pm at Upper Sand Mountain Parish, Hwy 75, Sylvania, Alabama - For details call 256-657-7247.

March 2 - South Alabama Ducks Unlimited - "Date Night" with Dinner & IMAX - 6:00pm at the Gulf Exploreum, Mobile, Alabama - Tickets Single -$50 & Couple - $75 - For additional info call Craig Brantley 251-423-2020. 

March 6-7 - Alabama Hiking Trail Society Conference - The Alabama Hiking Trail Society's 7th Annual Conference, at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama.  For complete details about this event, visit .

March 7 - Mulberry Races: 2nd race of the Alabama Cup - Visit

March 19-21 - EEAA Conference - The Environmental Education Association of Alabama - Annual Conference - titled "Woods and Water: Connections in Nature" -  the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama.  For information about the event, visit   or call 256-426-5871.

March 20-22 - ARA Watershed Leadership Conference - The Alabama Rivers Alliance 11th Annual Watershed Leadership Conference at beautiful Camp McDowell.  Visit for details.

March 21 - Green Resource Center for Alabama's "Clover Crawl" 2009 Green Home and Garden Expo - Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Alabama - visit

March 25-26 - Southeast Land Trust Alliance Conference - The 2009 Southeast Land Trust Conference - Auburn University's Dixon Conference in Auburn, Alabama.  Check out  the conference schedule and details at  (visit "events" on the webpage)

March 28 - Final race of the Alabama Cup "Locust Fork Classic" - King's Bend, Cleveland, Alabama, 9-5 - 205-706-4376 -

March 28-April 9 -Hummingbird Spring Banding at Fort Morgan State Historical Park, Fort Morgan, Alabama -Hours are from dawn until mid-afternoon - Contact Bob and Martha Sargent at 205-681-2888 or - Visit

April 19 - Earth Fest - Tuscaloosa's Annual Earth Day Event on the University of Alabama campus  -

April 22 - 18th Annual Auntie Litter Parade and Celebration - Birmingham -

April 25 - Earth Day Mobile Bay 2009 - 19th Annual Mobile Bay Earth Day - 10:00am to 7:00pm - Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, Alabama.

April 25 - Shoals Earth Day and Earth Month - April 25th, 11:00 to 6:00 at Wilson Park in Florence, Alabama - Visit or contact or 256-767-2909.

April 26 - Earth Day at the Gardens - 12th Annual Earth Day at the Gardens -  Birmingham Botanical Gardens -

April 28 - Coastal Kids Quiz in Daphne, Alabama - Contact the Alabama Coastal Foundation for details at 251-990-6002.

May - June - Cahaba River Society will hold  canoe trip each weekend to view the Cahaba lilies - contact them at for details.

May 7-10 - 32nd Annual Audubon Mountain Workshop - Mentone, Alabama -

May 13-14 - 5th Annual State of Our Watershed Conference at the Betty Carol Graham technology Center, Central Alabama Community College, Alexander City, Alabama - for conference info, visit

May 30 - Spring Hill Medical Grandman Triathlon - Event benefiting Mobile Baykeeper - Visit Mobile Baykeeper at for details

May 30 - The Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton, Alabama

June 23-25 and July 13-16 - Alabama Forestry Foundation's Teacher's Conservation Workshops - visit

September 25-26 - Green Coast 2009 - Pensacola, Florida - 251-928-2309 -

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