Co-hosted with the City of Auburn, the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center held its 2nd annual S’more Fun with Mom event in honor of Mother’s Day on May 7 and 8. With crickets chirping and lightning bugs twinkling, mothers and sons shared a festive evening that included a nature hike, craft, cookout dinner, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and storytelling.
“I heard about the event last year and knew that I wanted to take my son this year,” said attendee Karen Burton. “I found out about it again this year and think it’s a really unique event and decided that it would be something fun for my son Joey and me, because he loves science and is very nature oriented,” she added.
Over 50 mother and son pairs attended the program each night; enjoying the outdoors while learning interesting facts about the local flora and fauna during a naturalist-led nature hike through the KPNC that included a hands-on learning experience with some of the “critters” that call the preserve home. After a cookout dinner, the mother and sons visited the covered pavilion to build a picture frame and sit for a keepsake portrait.
Much of the evening was spent around the campfire enjoying the fresh evening air while roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. “I never thought I would use a fire pit until tonight,” said Karen Burton. “Joey has loved it and we have had so much fun making s’mores together!” she said.
To conclude the evening’s activities, storyteller Lee Piskorz captivated the audience gathered at the outdoor amphitheater with her animated tales of fun characters learning positive life lessons of courage and loyalty. “This is my first year getting to tell stories at this event and I have really enjoyed it!” said Ms. Piskorz.
According to KPNC outreach administrator, Jennifer Lolley, “It is wonderful to see these mothers and sons having this time together in the outdoors. It really does create a bonding memory for them to share long after the night is over.” Lolley went on to state, “We really have to credit our sponsors: Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau, Publix at Cary Creek, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and JRogers Photography, for making this fun event possible for our community. The fact that tickets sold out for both nights tells us that these types of experiences are important for families, and the support from our sponsors confirms they absolutely agree!”
The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. The 120-acre property features five miles of hiking trails, amphitheater, pavilion and nature playground. The preserve offers ample parking, restrooms and drinking fountains and is open to the public daily at no charge from sunrise to sunset.
Candid event photos available for download via Facebook.
Contacts: Jennifer Lolley, (334) 707-6512, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jamie Anderson, (334) 703-2953, (email@example.com).