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Gosse Nature Walk: Pelham

October 15, 2021 , 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Thursday, October 14th.

Registration is now closed. Check out our upcoming events here.

Our Gosse Nature Walk series is back! We love these short nature breaks and think you will too. This one will be at the Treetop Nature Trail at Oak Mountain State Park. The elevated boardwalk is approximately 600 feet long and fifteen feet above ground level. There are six elevated raptor cages spread out along the boardwalk as well as benches for those who want to sit and enjoy the surroundings. The boardwalk winds through a beautiful wooded valley, so it’s a treat to be there. Join us as we take a treetop stroll along the elevated boardwalk with special guest Anne Miller, founder of the Alabama Wildlife Center and the one responsible for getting this trail built back in 1985. All abilities welcome!

The details: Meet at the pavilion parking lot on the right on John Findlay Dr. just before the entrance to Oak Mountain State park (33.317698, -86.781516). Together, we will caravan to the Treetop Nature Trail (those who feel comfortable can carpool from here). Treetop Nature Trail is on the left side of Terrace Drive, and is well marked. General parking is directly across the street from the trail. Accessible parking is available. Please note, although our Gosse Nature Walks are free, there is a fee to get into Oak Mountain State Park, so be sure to bring cash—adults are $5 each and seniors are $2 each.

Those not using accessible parking will climb these forty or so stairs to get to the boardwalk trail.

Feel free to bring your binoculars, water and snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire.

In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable.

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Treetop Nature Trail has an accessible parking area at the level of the main walkway. Continue past the parking on the right and look for the handicap parking sign on the left immediately after the sign for the “Treetop Nature Trail.” The boardwalk is completely level with gradual rises that meet ADA standards. The parking lot on the right requires stairs to get to the boardwalk. Please email us if you will need accessible parking as there are four or five spaces, but we could probably park others behind each other if necessary.

Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.

Trip leaders: Alabama Audubon Outreach & Communications Director Sarah Randolph co-leads this trip with Anne Miller. Sarah’s cell is 205-422-4124 (day of event only, please).

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.