The Urban Environmental Studies Program at Birmingham-Southern has launched Trek Birmingham (, an online educational and recreational resource about the natural areas and nature education centers in the greater Birmingham area.  Phase I of the project offers authoritative information about the ecology, geology, biodiversity, and watersheds of Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Site, Southern Environmental Center, Vulcan Park and Museum, Moss Rock Preserve, and Oak Mountain State Park.  Other local destinations will be added as the site grows over time.  The website was funded through grants and donations to the college from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Alabama Power, 3M, and the Stephens Foundation.  BSC’s Dr. Scot Duncan, associate professor of biology, Dr. Ed Brands, assistant professor of geography, and Jeanne Jackson, director of the Hess Center for Leadership and Service, were instrumental in development of the site.  Visit the site at, and read more at News@BSC.


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