Campfire Cooking

Saturday, February 4th (Soups and Snacks) and Saturday, February 25 (Desserts)

Join our resident chef, Cyndi Czerkawski, as she gives tips and tricks to how to cook a superb meal over the campfire. Both programs will be from 2:00-4:00pm, February 4th will focus on soups and snacks and February 25th will be desserts! Tickets are $20 per person and are available on our Marketplace. Meet at the main pavilion! More information here

Science on Saturday: Bird-Friendly Coffee

January 28, 2023 with Dr. Jonathon Valente

Protecting biodiversity while sustaining agricultural production for a growing human population is one of the greatest challenges society faces. Navigating this clash of priorities is particularly difficult in tropical regions that tend to support a rich pool of native species but also high rates of human poverty. On January 28, Dr. Jonathon Valente, a federal scientist with the USGS and assistant professor at Auburn University, will discuss his research on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, one of the most biodiverse corners of the planet, but also home to millions of coffee farmers and their families. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Dr. Valente is studying how tropical birds use forests and coffee farms in the region. Through this work, he is helping to improve the Smithsonian’s Bird-Friendly Coffee certification program which promotes biodiversity and economic stability by rewarding farmers for using wildlife-friendly farming practices. 

Tickets are $5 ($4 for members)

Ho Ho Ho Hike and Holiday Celebration December 3, 10:00am

TICKETS on SALE November 7 at 8:00am

Santa Claus is coming to town! The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center are joining together to present the Ho Ho Ho Hike and Holiday Celebration. Children of all ages are invited to this holiday celebration on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Children 23 months and younger are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket.

The cost is $15/person for participants 24 months (2 years) and older. Make sure to purchase your tickets early, because this event sells out fast! 

Tickets for this event will go on sale Monday, November 7th at 8:00am online through the KPNC Marketplace.

Visitors will engage on a “Santa-hunt” through the woods so wear comfortable walking shoes. In addition, the event will include nature-themed crafts, performances and cookies and hot chocolate. There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!


The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center offers a variety of opportunities in the Auburn area to experience both visual and performing arts, entertain and develop new ideas, cultivate new talent and provide ways for the community to come together. There are classes and workshops for all ages, art exhibits shown in the center’s gallery, community theatre programs and special events held throughout the year. To learn more about the Arts Center, you can visit

AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles Oct. 28th at 4:30pm

AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles returns this coming Friday, October 28th at 4:30pm with special guest, Aubie. Join Kayla Wilson, resident herpetologist and naturalist, for this one-hour presentation about the awesome amphibians and reptiles found in our state and beyond! Children and adults will enjoy this entertaining, hands-on program with live animals. Admission is $5 ($4 for members); children 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased here

AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles: September 16, October 28, and November 11 at 4:30pm

Join our resident herpetologist, Kayla Wilson and other KPNC educators for a one-hour hands-on presentation on the AUsome amphibians and reptiles found in our state and beyond! Children and adults will enjoy interacting with live animals and getting to meet some of these interesting species.

2022 dates include September 16, October 28, and November 11. Program begins at 4:30pm in our covered pavilion. Tickets can be purchased online through our Marketplace. More information on this program can be found here.

Fall Camp Registration Starts August 15th

Spend fall break with your friends in the forest this year! Campers will explore and learn alongside KPNC Naturalists and Teachers all the beauty that the fall brings to the woods. Camps are $75.00 per camper per session and run from 8:00am-3:00pm. Campers will bring their own lunch and water bottle and we will provide the rest! Learn more and register here: Fall Camps

Back to School, Back to Nature

We want to welcome the community back to school and invite you to come back to nature at the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. The temperatures will soon be dropping and our fall activities will be in full swing!

Family Discovery Hike, Tuesday August 9th at 3:30pm, meet in the KPNC pavilion

Nature Walk, Thursday, August 11th at 8:30am, meet in the KPNC pavilion

Family Art Fun, Saturday, August 13th at 1:00pm, meet in the KPNC pavilion

Register for our Fall sessions of Forest Friends and Tree Tots now!

Registration for Fall Camps begins August 15th!

Science on Saturday Postponed

Unfortunately we have just learned that we need to postpone our Science on Saturday event with Damon Wallace which was scheduled for July 9th. We apologize for this inconvenience and will let you know when we are able to put it back on the calendar. Thank you for supporting bees and the KPNC.