Southern Environmental Center

Southern Environmental Center The Southern Environmental Center is the largest educational facility of its kind in Alabama, and is located on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College.
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The Southern Environmental Center (SEC) at Birmingham-Southern College is both a destination and a source for urban sustainability activity throughout the region. The Center’s Interactive Museum on campus hosts 20,000 visitors every year, sponsors statewide conferences, and provides convening space for area environmental groups and urban associations. The SEC’s Interactive Museum and Conference Center is our base of operations for broad programming in sustainability education, urban eco-planning, research, and green space development. The Southern Environmental Center’s Interactive Museum is the only museum of its kind in the nation: an interactive sustainability museum built from recycled materials and constructed inside a repurposed college swimming pool. The Southern Environmental Center’s Interactive Museum is a 52,000 square foot exhibition and meeting space housed inside the old natatorium on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College.

Operating as usual

11/27/2020
Sims Garden

Amy Milam continues to do an amazing job managing Sims Garden!

Happy Thanksgiving!
In 2020, the garden became a pandemic safe space; daily visits increased; we raised 20% of our fundraising goal (in 3 mths)! All thanks to YOU & our City Leaders!
We are indeed thankful.

Splendor In The Grass Coral-like mushrooms on BSC campus
11/25/2020

Splendor In The Grass
Coral-like mushrooms on BSC campus

Hands on Birmingham volunteers mulch EcoScape to protect from winter freeze.
11/22/2020

Hands on Birmingham volunteers mulch EcoScape to protect from winter freeze.

10/13/2020
Cool kinetic art @ our GeoDome

Local artist Hunter Bell new exhibit at Birmingham-Southern College GeoDome. Each hallway portal highlights a different aspect of Alabama's ecosystem, and everything is made from locally sourced scrap materials.

10/09/2020
You're gonna gobble this up!

Resident turkeys checking out construction site for our new classroom pavilion @Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Fall colors - Help support Sims Garden and pick up some pumpkins today!
09/14/2020

Fall colors - Help support Sims Garden and pick up some pumpkins today!

Come get your pumpkins! These heirloom beauties will last a looong time in the shade and air conditioning. Jack-O-Lanterns too (but resist the temptation to carve them now)

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve summer interns Emily Wise and Lora Dunn planting coneflower, beautyberry, mountain mint & b...
06/16/2020

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve summer interns Emily Wise and Lora Dunn planting coneflower, beautyberry, mountain mint & bee balm at Birmingham-Southern College EcoScape. These are just a sampling of the many native plants Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve has available for sale!

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
06/08/2020

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

This Friday's fun fact is about the Warrior Bass. Have you ever caught one while fishing at TCNP?

06/03/2020
North Birmingham EcoScape

As part of our efforts to rehab vacant lots, we partnered with REV Birmingham and local artists Laurie A. Kramer, Julie Peerson Carpenter, and Magic City Mural Collective to create a small urban oasis.

The Hugh Kaul EcoScape @ BSC showcases some of the coolest art work in Birmingham
05/20/2020
Ecoscape Outing

The Hugh Kaul EcoScape @ BSC showcases some of the coolest art work in Birmingham

This is "Ecoscape Outing" by Ecofest 2019 on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

05/04/2020
Moments from the Hilltop #7

BSC's EcoScape provides the perfect remedy for these difficult times. This video also serves as a reminder that there's some serious weeding to be done out there. Volunteers?

Birmingham-Southern College

A perfect occasion to load up with native goodies for the backyard!
04/16/2020

A perfect occasion to load up with native goodies for the backyard!

How are you doing?

We hope this message finds you healthy and safe.

Are you familiar with the Native Plant Sale we have with Turkey Creek Nature Preserve every April? Well, it's still gonna happen this year!

Just a bit differently.

Starting today through May 1st, you can shop for native plants online here: https://ruffnermountain.org/nativeplantsale and choose from pick-up or delivery options.

- Please allow 5-10 business days for your order to be filled.

- You will be contacted with a specific day and time for delivery or pickup.

- Plant quantities are limited as Ruffner Mountain Members were given the opportunity to shop first.

Keep in mind that this is new for us and we hope you will be patient as we work to fulfill your order while keeping everyone safe.

Disclaimer: To ensure the safety of our staff and customers, we are following the shelter-in-place recommendations in accordance with the City of Birmingham's ordinance issued on March 25, 2020. To keep it even more real: The online plant sale is subject to change in accordance with any updates to the City of Birmingham shelter-in-place ordinance and/or state of Alabama recommendations regarding COVID-19.

Happy Planting!

Great job, kids. Mother Earth thanks you!
04/16/2020
Shades Cahaba students organize plastic straw ban

Great job, kids. Mother Earth thanks you!

The plastic straw ban was organized by five fourth-grade students at the school after their teacher, Rebecca Smith, asked them to think about ways they could make a difference.

Our community is going to be stronger once these guys take over: Troop 351 @ Southern Environmental Center.
02/10/2020

Our community is going to be stronger once these guys take over: Troop 351 @ Southern Environmental Center.

Our community will be stronger once these guys take over! Pack 351 @ Southern Environmental Center
02/10/2020

Our community will be stronger once these guys take over! Pack 351 @ Southern Environmental Center

Amy Milam (second on left in picture), who manages our Sims Garden site in Edgewood, was recently honored for her work w...
01/29/2020

Amy Milam (second on left in picture), who manages our Sims Garden site in Edgewood, was recently honored for her work with the Homewood Environmental Commission & helping to restore the forest along the Shades Creek Greenway. Way to go, Amy!

Ecofest Market & Auction is tonight! We will provide a complimentary valet service to keep you out of the rain.It's not ...
11/07/2019
The Southern Environmental Center Market & Auction – Mark your calendar for an evening of food, fun, and shopping benefitting the Southern Environmental Center’s Magic School Bus Project!

Ecofest Market & Auction is tonight! We will provide a complimentary valet service to keep you out of the rain.

It's not too late to purchase your ticket, visit http://secmarketandauction.org/.

Get your tickets for an evening of food, fun, and shopping benefiting the Southern Environmental Center’s Magic School Bus Project!

FINALLY!!!!! Tomorrow night is Ecofest Market and Auction! Exciting silent auction items and your favorite local vendors...
11/06/2019

FINALLY!!!!! Tomorrow night is Ecofest Market and Auction! Exciting silent auction items and your favorite local vendors and artists will be The Theodore from 5pm - 8 pm (Nov 7th). Among our list of vendors, Goddessté will be selling their kickin' apparel. We love the t-shirts and tanks that fit the stylishly young at heart!

Ecofest Market and Auction is Nov 7th! Check out this new silent auction item: Catered Viewing Party for 30 @ the eclect...
11/05/2019

Ecofest Market and Auction is Nov 7th! Check out this new silent auction item: Catered Viewing Party for 30 @ the eclectic Geodome visual arts theater on the Birmingham-Southern College campus! Bid on this super cool venue for your next Super Bowl Party, World Cup, Kentucky Derby, or your own media event and view on a 20' custom screen with state of the art 4K projection! Please share!

Need to stock up on hostess gifts for the holidays? Ecofest Market and Auction has you covered with Honeycreeper Chocola...
11/05/2019

Need to stock up on hostess gifts for the holidays? Ecofest Market and Auction has you covered with Honeycreeper Chocolate, a local favorite and one of our awesome artisans for 2019!

Ecofest Market and Auction 2019 is so happy to have Smallwoods Studios at our Market! These ONE OF A KIND gifts are made...
11/04/2019

Ecofest Market and Auction 2019 is so happy to have Smallwoods Studios at our Market! These ONE OF A KIND gifts are made with intentional care,.......in the words of the artist,........."With every embroidered piece, I have the chance to strike a balance of pleasing design, precise stitch placement, and unabashed artistic voice. I aim to connect with the viewer whether the message is one of pulling heartstrings, challenging viewpoints, or laughing for a moment of levity. The world can make us weary, but the Smallwoods is a place of rest." -Tamara Harper

UPDATE: Ecofest 2019 Silent Auction at The Theodore: Birmingham Rooftop experience. 2 night stay in Birmingham's Greenes...
11/04/2019

UPDATE: Ecofest 2019 Silent Auction at The Theodore: Birmingham Rooftop experience. 2 night stay in Birmingham's Greenest Hotel. Enjoy panoramic views of Birmingham's skyline from the Westin Hotel's rooftop pool. Package includes a Topgolf experience for two. Get your tickets at www.secmarketandauction.org

Give a gift of Eco- beauty to someone you love this Christmas. Natural gemstones and raw wood diffuser bracelets, neckla...
11/02/2019

Give a gift of Eco- beauty to someone you love this Christmas. Natural gemstones and raw wood diffuser bracelets, necklaces, and earrings designed by Lily+Oaks Collective. Ecofest Market and Auction on Nov 7th 5-8pm at The Theodore.

Great Bear Wax Co.JUST ADDED to our SUPERB list of local vendors for Ecofest Market and Auction!!!! Also introducing Eco...
11/01/2019

Great Bear Wax Co.JUST ADDED to our SUPERB list of local vendors for Ecofest Market and Auction!!!! Also introducing Eco-products from Bungalow Bungalow. Refillable dish/laundry detergents, body wash, etc. A perfect fit for Ecofest 2019 @ The Theodore Nov 7th 5-8pm!

NEW: Ecofest Market and Auction 2019 Auction Item: Tribute to Tom Petty & Fleetwood Mac. 4 tickets to an unforgettable e...
11/01/2019

NEW: Ecofest Market and Auction 2019 Auction Item: Tribute to Tom Petty & Fleetwood Mac. 4 tickets to an unforgettable evening of Running Down a Dream and Rumours at IronCity on 11/29. Get your bid in on Nov 7th www.secmarketandauction.org

Looking for an engaging gift for a creative type on your Christmas list? Check out these knitting kits by Scottie Lanier...
11/01/2019

Looking for an engaging gift for a creative type on your Christmas list? Check out these knitting kits by Scottie Lanier, local fiber artist and founder of The Stitchers, Hookers, and Lapworkers Social. The hat or scarf starter packages include yarn, needles, and TWO LESSONS! Ecofest Market and Auction

Address

900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL
35254

General information

See the EcoScape gardens & find the one closest to your community at http://www.bsc.edu/sec/ecoscape/index.cfm

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(205) 226-4934

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The Southern Environmental Center (SEC) at Birmingham-Southern College is both a top field trip destination and a resource for urban sustainability throughout the region. The Center’s Interactive Museum, GeoDome Theater & EcoScape Garden on campus host 20,000 visitors every year https://www.bsc.edu/sec/visit.html SEC also provides educational programs at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, a 466 acre Forever Wild property located within a short drive from Birmingham https://turkeycreeknp.com/programming/ The Southern Environmental Center’s Interactive Museum is the only museum of its kind in the nation: an interactive ‘eco’ museum & meeting space built from recycled materials and constructed on top of a re-purposed college swimming pool. It provides an ideal setting for field trips, birthday parties, or corporate retreats. Combine your visit with a tour of our sensory EcoScape garden filled with recycled art sculptures and year round color, and prepare yourself for jaw dropping drone & GoPro video coverage of Alabama’s natural wonders in our GeoDome Theater.


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I’m a big fan of the tight knit community of environmentalists that I’m seeing on this page. I would love to further the conversation around the environment and recommend the upcoming Netflix documentary called “Kiss the Ground.” I actually just watched the official movie trailer on YouTube and was fascinated by its solution for climate. Directors and Josh and Rebecca Tickell brought together familiar faces like Woody Harrelson and Ian Somerhalder to present the idea of regenerative farming. This will allow for us to remove excess carbon dioxide from the air and bring it into the soil, which creates healthier crops and ecosystems. I’m excited to join the film’s global watch party for when it starts streaming next week on September 22nd!
Join us April 15th for a chance to see me in costume!
A small collection of photos depicting the DEPLORABLE condition of the Sims' Ecoscape. Birmingham-Southern College and City of Homewood, Alabama does this place make you proud?