From Roebuck to west Birmingham, from Turkey Creek to a pond on the property of Faith Apostolic Church, the EcoScapes created by the Southern Environmental Center are transforming sites across Jefferson County. The transformation is real and tangible, as workers replace litter with landscaping and make sculpture gardens out of brownfields.
Since the creation of the first EcoScape in 1996 on the Birmingham-Southern College campus, this work has continued to expand, with a total of 10 sites now providing space for people to learn about their environment and experience the outdoors in a new way. EcoScapes protect endangered species, provide outdoor classrooms and provide examples of best practices to conserve water, control storm water runoff and incorporate recycled materials into amazing sculptures.
Your Community Foundation is proud to have supported some of these projects, because we see the larger impact on health and economic development, as well as the potential to connect people to our great green spaces and to one another.