Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is home to more than 550 plant and 450 animal species. Visiting humans can marvel at these florae and critters by walking the certified wildlife habitat's more than 15 trails. Ranging from 0.3 to 1.5 miles, these trails wind past everything from persimmon trees to tranquil quarries, as well as native wildflowers and migratory birds every spring and summer.
More glimpses of the natural world await in the preserve's environmentally green Tree Top Visitor Center. Here, you can spot fowls from the bird viewing nook or observe real Alabama animals housed in realistic habitats. Besides its awe-inspiring scenery, Ruffner invites guests to enjoy events such as family-friendly pumpkin carving or Geocaching, a GPS-powered outdoor treasure hunting game.
Programs that build character, leadership, and valuable skills for young people are at the heart of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama’s main mission. Today more than 8,000 children and teens count on the four area BGCCA clubs as a place where they can learn to grow and hone their abilities. By providing a safe place where children and teens can both learn and have fun, the centers hope to promote healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and a greater readiness for the working world. That mission is most apparent in the success of program graduates, who graduate from high school at a rate of 90%, compared to 66% nationally.
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Fresh and flavorful Chinese favorites flood the menu at Lincoln's China Star Chinese Restaurant.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at China Star Chinese Restaurant, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
China Star Chinese Restaurant wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Get ready to savor all the wonderful flavors of traditional Chinese cooking when you stop by for a meal at China Star Chinese Restaurant.
On a photo tour of Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary, you'll see colorful plumage, barnyard animals, playground slides, and plenty of other enticing activities. More impressive, the entertainment here extends beyond visuals to the tactile fun of petting the animals. Youngsters (and adults) commune with pigs, cows, goats, and the aviary's unusual feathered denizens, including pheasants and peacocks. Visitors forge a greater appreciation for nature through supervised pony rides and hayrides that grant a wider view of the fun to be had all over the facility.