Wild Alabama heads into March with numerous events scheduled. For anyone who wants to get involved or participate in a hike, there are plenty of opportunities.
Every Tuesday afternoon, Wild Alabama will work to clean up trash in the ditches along AL-33 and Cranal Road. The work will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Black Warrior Work Center on AL-33 under the Smokey the Bear sign.
On Friday, March 17, Wild Alabama’s Janice Barrett will lead a forest bathing hike. The trail will be easy to moderate hiking and be approximately one and a quarter miles round trip. Participants are encouraged to bring food and water, plus a journal and cloth to sit or lay on during times of reflection. It will last from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Email Janice@wildal.org for details or to sign up.
On Saturday, March 18, Barrett will host an Art Talk at the Somerville Library. Details TBA. Email Janice@wildal.org for details.
On March 18 through 19, Wild Alabama will hold a Leave No Trace Trainer Course. According to Wild Alabama’s website, “This course is appropriate for anyone that wants a full immersion in the ethic and is perfect for recreational leaders, scout leaders, and youth group leaders. Anyone that takes groups into an outdoor setting to perform outdoor activities from hiking to rock climbing will benefit from this course.” It involves 12 to 16 hours of instruction. Day one of the course will take place at the Wild Alabama office in downtown Moulton. Day two will take place near Bankhead National Forest. Email Kim@wildal.org for details or to sign up.
On Sunday, March 26, Wild Alabama will lead a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Practice Hike. Anyone who is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger or who is interested in learning about the role is welcome to join. The group will practice map reading, visitor contact, plant identification, situational awareness, and using the Survey 123 app. The hike will be between four to nine miles and last from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Email Lindsay@wildal.org for details or to sign up.
On Monday, March 27, Madison will lead a traditional tools workday in the Sipsey Wilderness. Participants will utilize crosscut saws, hand saws, loppers, trimmers, axes, hatchets, and more to clear fallen trees and obstructions from a Sipsey trail. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. The location will be announced later. Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water. Email Lindsay@wildal.org for details or to sign up.
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