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Oak Mountain Interpretive Center
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Location: Oak Mountain State Park
Pelham, AL 
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Contact Phone: 205 726-4537
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An observation deck can be used as an outdoor classroom or an opportunity to view Oak Mountain's beauty

The Oak Mountain Interpretive Center is a center for environmental education, ecological research and family recreation.

The Interpretive Center is located in Oak Mountain State Park, the largest park in the state of Alabama. The Center is the product of a collaboration between Samford University, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Shelby County, Alabama; the Alabama Wildlife Center and the Friends of Oak Mountain.

The mission of of the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center is to promote appreciation for Oak Mountain State Park as a natural habitat and to provide a hands-on interactive educational experience that enables children and adults to learn about Alabama's biodiversity, students and teachers to research its wonders, and all visitors to understand the importance of environmental stewardship.

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Current and Upcoming Events For This Facility

Date Event Title
3/11/2018
Exploring Natural Alabama: Carnivorous Plants of Alabama
Chris Oberholster - Birmingham Audubon Director of Partnership & Policy, Guest Speaker. Complimentary refreshments are offered at 1:30 pm at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center (next door to AWC) followed by the program at 2:00 pm. Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients (but not energy) from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. These plants have adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcroppings. The endemic Alabama canebrake pitcher plant is but one species of pitcher plant found in this state. Venus fly traps and sundews can also inhabit pitcher plant bogs. Weather permitting, an informal nature walk follows the program so be sure to bring your camera, binoculars & field guides.
5/6/2018
Exploring Natural Alabama: The Amazing Fishes of Alabama
Mike Howell-Professor Emeritus, Samford Univ. Dept. of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Guest Speaker. Complimentary refreshments are offered at 1:30 pm at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center (next door to AWC) followed by the program at 2:00 pm. Alabama is blessed with an abundance of waterways, from mountain streams to black-water sloughs to coastal bays, Alabama has it all. Beneath these 77,000 miles of freshwater rivers and streams lies more aquatic biodiversity than any other state, including 38% of all North American fish species. Collectively, darters are among the most colorful of these fishes. This program will showcase not only this dazzling array of darters, but also many other fish species that call Alabama's waterways home.

Shelby County