Outdoor Alabama Expo to be Held at Oak Mountain State Park May 2, 2009

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold the 2009 Outdoor Alabama Expo at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and offers the public a chance to experience the natural wonders of Alabama in the state’s largest state park. Admission is free.
The Outdoor Alabama Expo is a free family friendly event that is open to the public. Participants will enjoy outdoor recreation and learn about conservation through a variety of exhibits, presentations and hands-on activities. Experts will help introduce Expo visitors to activities such as birding, fishing, boating safety, shooting sports, rock climbing and wildlife watching.
Other Expo activities include: archery, a fish touch-tank containing live fish and other aquatic species from the Gulf, a birds of prey and snakes of Alabama presentation, a guided nature walk and boating safety activities, musical entertainment, and a helicopter water rescue demonstration.
In addition to ADCNR activities there will be informational booths and demonstrations from other conservation organizations as well as booths from various food and retail vendors.
“The Expo provides a unique opportunity for the public to experience Alabama’s natural resources in a festival-like atmosphere,” said Barnett Lawley, ADCNR Commissioner. “The event is free and open to the public so we invite everyone to come be a part of it.”
The Oak Mountain Interpretive Center will also hold its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony as a part of this year’s Expo. The center houses a 45-seat auditorium and 2,500 sq. ft. of interactive exhibit space where visitors can learn about the park’s ecology and wildlife.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.