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We believe it is our responsibility to inspire a new generation of nature enthusiasts.  Join us as we explore the natural world around us.

Join Fresh Air Family At the Camp Expo
March 2, 10 am - 3 pm
Vestavia Hills Civic Center
1090 Montgomery Highway



Saturday, March 2,  1 pm  --- Wildflower Walk, TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation

Sponsored by Fresh Air Family. Led by Charles Rose.

Meet 1:00pm in front of the restrooms at the Nature Trails parking lot, TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation.  

This outing is free to the public, but you should register. This event could possibly be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather conditions or changes in the leader's work schedule.


To register or get more info, contact Charles Rose at or 256-366-1937. 
Registering is easy; all we need is: 
1. Your name.

2. The number of people in your party.

3. A contact phone number, preferably a cell phone. 
This walk will include the Hall Memorial Native Plant Garden and the TVA Small Wild Area (First Quarters Ravine). On this walk we will get a look at some of the earliest blooming wildflowers here in NW Alabama.


This is an easy walk; the total distance covered is less than a mile. The Native Plant Garden is level and the paved trails there are wheelchair accessible. The First Quarters Ravine portion includes some up-hill and downhill. You may leave earlier, if you wish, but this event will take about two hours.


For those wanting to walk a little more, we will continue on to a nearby Civil War earthwork sites, which has been recently cleared of privet. Along the way we will see even more wildflowers.


Wildflowers we hope to see in bloom on this date include False Rue Anemone, Rue Anemone, Cut-leaf Toothwort, Harbinger of Spring, Early Saxafrage, Jacobs Ladder, Boodroot and more, 
Directions: The Nature Trails parking lot is just off of Reservation Road on TVA’s Muscle Shoals Reservation.  
From Wilson Dam: Go south on Reservation Road for app. 2.5 miles. At the “Nature Trails” sign, turn right into the parking lot. 
From Hatch Blvd. (US-43) in Sheffield: Turn at the TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation sign (¼ mile north of the Clarion Inn) and go app. 1.5 miles. At the “Nature Trails” sign, turn left into the parking lot.  
From Birmingham: Take I-65 N for app. 50 miles to Cullman. Take the AL-157 exit (Exit 310). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto AL-157 N (toward Moulton). Continue on AL-157 for app. 55 miles, passing through Moulton on the way. Merging with AL-20 W (alt US-72 W), continue for another 4.3 miles into Muscle Shoals, AL. Turn right onto US-43 N. Go 4.5 miles. Soon after passing the Clarion Inn (on the left), turn right onto the TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation. (This is Reservation Road.) Go 1.5 miles and turn left at the “Nature Trails” sign into the parking lot.   
From Huntsville: Take I-565 W. I-565 will become AL-20 W. Continue on AL-20 W as it crosses the Tennessee River into Decatur. On the other side of the bridge, AL-20 immediately turns right at the light. Continue app. 40 miles more on AL-20 W to Muscle Shoals, AL. Turn right on US-43 N. Continue on US-43 N for app. 4.5 miles. Soon after passing the Clarion Inn (on the left), turn right onto the TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation. (This is Reservation Road.) Go 1.5 miles and turn left at the “Nature Trails” sign into the parking lot. 


Google Map, showing location of the TVA Nature Trails Parking Lot

Join Fresh Air Family for a Story-filled Wildflower Walk
Saturday, March 23 at 10 am

Moss Rock Preserve,  617 Preserve Parkway, Hoover
Meet in the parking lot across from the shopping strip

In this beautiful nature park, you will see sprays of colorful spring wildflowers. We will walk up to the waterfalls where rare plants show their spring glory. An easy stroll along the paths between the boulders and along the creek. Led by Fresh Air Family's founder, Verna Gates. She will tell you tales of the plant
s along the way. Free.

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