UAB Meadow Classroom to open Sept. 25 in Red Mountain Park

After two years, more than 600 UAB volunteers and 2,400-plus hours of work, Red Mountain Park’s UAB Meadow Classroom will open Sept. 25. The classroom is situated amid the urban mega park, comprising 1,500 wooded acres located in Birmingham, that is a place to explore the history of the city’s ore-mining operations, plus geology, biodiversity and other natural resources and get some exercise and find adventure.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony 2 p.m. Sept. 25 in the UAB Meadow Classroom is reachable by a 30-minute hike into Red Mountain Park.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Sept. 25 in the outdoor classroom, which sits on a restored meadow accessed by recently beautified hiking trails, all work done by UAB volunteers. It is reachable by a 30-minute hike into Red Mountain Park. UAB Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President of Financial Affairs and Administration Allen Bolton, along with UAB and Red Mountain Park supports, will cut the ribbon.

Red Mountain Park is a community partner of the UAB Benevolent Fund and is one of the designated nonprofits to which UAB employees can direct their Benevolent Fund donations. Other UAB groups who contributed resources and volunteers include the schools of Public Health and Nursing, UAB National Alumni Society, the Department of Anthropology, UAB students studying environmental science and sustainability and volunteers from the Into the Streets campaigns. Student groups such as Phi Gamma Delta, Theta Chi, Delta Epsilon Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Kappa Sigma, Circle K International and the Ultimate Frisbee Club also contributed.

  • More than 600 UAB volunteers, including students from the spring 2017 Into the Streets campaign, contributed more 2,400-plus hours of work building features, restoring the meadow and beautifying surrounding trails in Red Mountain Park, a community partner of the UAB Benevolent Fund.
  • UAB's Theta Chi fraternity is just one of the many groups who volunteered at Red Mountain Park.
  • Volunteers from the spring Into the Streets campaign moved logs as part of the meadow cleanup.
  • Volunteers removed dozens of tires from the classroom site.
  • The value of UAB volunteer efforts, such as those from the National Alumni Society, to build classrooms and beautify trails to get to the classrooms exceeds $58,000.
  • The classroom is situated amid the urban mega park, comprising 1,500 wooded acres located in Birmingham.
  • The classroom sits on a restored meadow accessed by recently beautified hiking trails, all work done by UAB volunteers.