Woodland Wonders 2021-2022 Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration for the 2021/2022 Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool school year is now open. To register, click here. Woodland Wonders is Auburn’s first nature preschool and the second nature preschool in Alabama. “Nature preschool” is an innovative educational strategy that allows your child to learn about, with, and through nature, embracing the great outdoors as their classroom. Classes are offered to preschool children (ages 3-5) each day of the week and students can sign up for a 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day option. More information on the program can be found on the Woodland Wonders website, or feel free to email us at natureeducation@auburn.edu to discuss the program.

Registration is open for our Winter sessions of Forest Friends and Tree Tots!

Alabama Winter months are made for exploring with your children and we are offering some great programs to help you continue to enjoy the great outdoors!

Tree Tots (ages crawling to 3 years) and Forest Friends (ages 2 to 5 years) are part of the KPNC’s award-winning Forest Friends series. This series offers unique, hands-on, nature-based education for children and their caregivers, creating a meaningful and impactful connection to nature that will last a lifetime. Tree Tots meets on Thursday’s from 9:30-11:00am and Forest Friends meets on Friday’s from 9:30-11:00am. Both programs begin the second week of January (14th for TT and 15th for FF) and continue for six weeks until February 18 & 19 respectively. The cost for either program is $45 for the full six week session and registration can be found here: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175

For any questions, please feel free to email us at natureeducation@auburn.edu


Vulture Vlog

We are excited to announce our new Vulture Vlog which documents a local Black Vulture nest from eggs to hatchlings. This series of videos is produced in collaboration with Lew Scharpf, a widely acclaimed photographer and nature enthusiast. The Black Vulture is a protected bird of prey which has a common presence in the southeast. Their nest site is typically found on the ground or in the hollow of the tree. Follow along on our Black Vulture journey through our Facebook posts or on Lew Scharpf’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/Lejun40

Forest Friends and Tree Tots Programs Go Virtual

Our award winning preschool program, Forest Friends, together with our new addition, Tree Tots, are taking their spring session online! This spring’s theme is ‘Spring into Motion’ where each week, an animal movement will be explored starting with slithering and continuing with climbing, jumping, swimming, running, and flying. New videos are posted every Thursday on our Facebook site, @ForestFriends, for six weeks beginning April 9th and continuing through May 14th, 2020. This program is free for everyone… Come join us!!

Valentine’s Day Self-Led Hike

Celebrate the love of nature with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day by enjoying a hike through the trails of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. Along the hike we will have several spots for you and your loved ones to enjoy the scenery. This self-led hike will cover around a mile of the preserve’s lovely trails and takes around an hour to walk through. Hiking can begin at 9:00am and will be available throughout the day until sunset. No admission fee but donations are welcome.

Registration for Summer Ecology Camp: Alabama Rocks begins today!

Register online at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175

Camps include:
Camp Discovery, May 28-31 (with evening session on May 30), Upcoming 3rd /4th graders
Young Naturalists, June 3-7, Upcoming 1st and 2nd graders
Explorers, June 10-14, Upcoming 1st-7th graders
Junior Rangers, June 17-21, Upcoming 5th-7th graders
Explorers, June 24-28, Upcoming 1st-7th graders

Spring Break Camp Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our annual Spring Break Camp for students in 1st-6th grade. https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175

Camp will be held March 11-13 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm at the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. This year campers will learn about the role of food, water, and shelter as they enjoy hands on activities in shelter-making and pond based activities. The cost for camp is $120 for members of KPNC and $150 for non-members and includes all camp activities and a snack for each day. Those interested in joining KPNC can do so here https://aub.ie/KPNCmember with memberships starting at $35/family.

Any questions please contact us at preserve@auburn.edu or 334-844-8091.

Nature Explorers Registration begins for Spring Session

Nature Explorers, our program for home-school students and their families, will begin again this March through May. Through this program, we will explore science related topics through interactive learning in our 120-acre classroom. Each session will include an educational program and an interpretive hike through the property. Topics for the spring session include:

Our Spring series consists of 3 sessions, each from 10 to 11:30 AM:
March 4: Weather
April 8: Incredible Insects
May 13: Amazing Alabama

Advanced registration is required. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/d7Lavi1t2t393OOG3

The sessions are $5 each per child ($15 for the entire series), due on the first day of class. Current membership with the Kreher Presreve & Nature Center is required to register.

We must have at least 5 families registered or the session will be cancelled.

If you have any questions, please contact us at preserve@auburn.edu. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Get ready for camps…

Registration for our Spring Break Camp and Summer Camps are just around the corner. Spring Break Camp will take place March 11-13 from 8:00am-3:00pm for first through sixth graders, registration begins Jan 21st online. Our summer camps this year will take place during the month of June and go from 8:00am-12:00pm. This year’s theme is ‘Alabama Rocks’ and will focus on the intriguing world of geology. Registration begins February 4th online and camp dates are as follows: For more information contact us at preserve@auburn.edu.

Camp fees are as follows:

Spring Break: $120 for members/$150 for non-members. Fees include all materials used at camp and snacks for all three days.

Summer Camp: $125 per student per week. Fees include all materials used at camp, daily snacks, and a t-shirt. Children must have a KPNC membership to attend (Family memberships start at $35/year).

Ages(s) Camp Sessions Date(s)

3-4 grades Camp Discovery 5/28-5/31

1-2 grades Young Naturalist 6/3-6/7           

1-7 grades Explorers I 6/10-6/14

5-7 grade    Junior Rangers 6/17-6/21

1-7 grade Explorers II 6/24-6/28    

Hike it Baby monthly hikes begin Jan.3

Our partnership with Hike It Baby continues this year on January 3 at 3:30pm as we discover and learn about nests. On the first Thursday of each month we will lead a hike for our smallest explorers. All are welcome and there is no charge. We will meet at the covered pavilion and head our from there. To learn more about Hike It Baby, check out their website at https://hikeitbaby.com/.