Forest Ecology Preserve Summer Ecology Camp Registration Begins

Register Today for Summer Ecology Camp!

This year’s camp theme is Go Native! Campers will learn how Alabama’s Native American people; the Muskogee, Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes; lived and prospered in our area. Using the natural environment of the Forest Ecology Preserve, children will also learn about the native and invasive plants and animals found there through nature studies, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Camps are held each summer during May and June for children in upcoming 1st – 7th grades. Each camp is held for one week,  Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., except where noted below.  Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, activities, and a camp t-shirt. Magnolia level membership or above is required for registration. To join, visit the JOIN/RENEW page of our website and return a copy of your email receipt with your registration form.

Camps dates for each grade level are as follows:

May 27 – 30          Camp Discovery, Upcoming 3rd & 4th Grades *                                            
June 2 – 6             Young Naturalists I, Upcoming 1st & 2nd Grades
June 9 – 13           Hunger Games Training Camp, Upcoming 5th – 7th Grades **
June 16 – 20         Young Naturalists II, Upcoming 1st & 2nd Grades
June 23 –27          Explorers, Upcoming 1st – 6th Grades

Please Note:
* All camps are Monday – Friday, except Camp Discovery, which is held Tuesday through Friday and includes a Thursday evening session.
** This camp is designed for older children to learn basic wilderness skills. 

You may also view camp dates for each grade level within the interactive calendar. To register, download the most recent camp REGISTRATION FORM and mail to Forest Ecology Preserve, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, Alabama, 36849-5418.

Counselors-In-Training Program (CIT)

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Ecology Camp Counselor-In-Training Program (CIT). Eligible candidates must be between 13-18 years old. Responsibilities will include assisting teachers with camp preparation, programs, group hikes, and daily clean-up. Please download the application using the below link and return to Jennifer Lolley via mail or email at preserve@auburn.edu. For more information you may contact Jennifer at 334-707-6512.

http://wp.auburn.edu/preserve/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2014CITAPPLICATION.doc

Forest Ecology Preserve and the City of Auburn to Co-Host, S’more Fun with Mom!

Join us for Lee County’s first Mother/Son adventure, co-hosted by the Forest Ecology Preserve and the City of Auburn! This fun evening will include a night hike, professional storytelling by Zechariah Hook, and fireside cook-out! Our mother/son duos may also visit a craft station to create their own keepsake photo frame and commemorate this special night with a 5×7 portrait by Jenny Rogers Photography. Portraits are $10 per couple, with proceeds benefiting the preserve.

S’more Fun with Mom will be held on Friday, May 9 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Forest Ecology Preserve. A rain date is scheduled for Friday, May 16.  The Forest Ecology Preserve is located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, just north of the AU Fisheries complex.

Tickets are  $20 per mother/son couple and $5.00 per additional child. Recommended for children ages 4-12.  Tickets are available online at the following link:

http://www.active.com/auburn-al/s-more-fun-with-mom-mother-son-event-2014

Forest Ecology Preserve Holds Donor Reception, February 2014

Dr. and Mrs. Scott Morrell of Auburn, AL recently hosted a donor reception and wine tasting at their lovely home on behalf of the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve (FEP). The reception was given in appreciation of donors who made contributions in support of the City of Auburn’s challenge grant previously issued to the preserve in 2013 and renewed for 2014. The FEP needed to increase contributions by 20% each year to qualify for the full grant award of $50,000.

“We are very happy to receive this grant once again from the city of Auburn.” said Jennifer Lolley, outreach administrator at the preserve. ”With the City’s funding, our donor contributions will go much further to complete needed improvements to support the FEP’s 20,000 plus annual visitors. Our donors are really the backbone of everything we are able to do. Without their help it would be impossible to sustain this level of growth or offer so many programs.” Lolley went on to say that priorities include building and grounds improvements, additional restroom facilities, as well as part-time staff to expand educational programs.

Dr. Edward Loewenstein, Assistant Dean of the Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS), introduced Lolley and Sharon Tatum, development coordinator for the FEP, who gave a brief talk about community impact, improvements to facilities and grounds, and the leadership’s vision going forward. Also in attendance were Angie Stephens, VP of Development for Auburn University, and Heather Crozier, Director of Development for the SFWS, and several FEP Advisory Board members including, Dr. Richard Brinker, Margaret Holler, Dr. Ross Ann Craig, Johnny Lawrence, and Jocelyn Zanzot.

Guests enjoyed a musical performance by harpist, Ms. Cindy Harris, and refreshments from event sponsors; Hodges Vineyards & Winery, Crepe Myrtle Café, Sam’s Club, and Zoe’s Kitchen.

To view or download photos from the event, visit Shutterfly.com.

Ribbon Cutting for New Fire Circle Scheduled

On Wednesday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m., a ribbon cutting will be held for the new fire circle at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Representatives from Auburn University’s School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, the City of Auburn and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce will join staff for the “ribbon cutting” and inaugural lighting.

The fire circle includes an attractive seating area comprised of large-scale boulders and a professionally designed and constructed stone-built fire ring with improved ground cover for safety. Located near the amphitheater, the fire circle was built as an amenity to improve the visitor experience during outdoor programs during the colder months.

The fire circle was completed with the help of in-kind donations from several local businesses and individuals, including Creative Habitats, The Backyard, M&M Trucking, and Mr. Charles Carey Pick. Fifteen Auburn University student volunteers  assisted with landscaping.

“Creative Habitats is always excited to have an opportunity to support what we are passionate about – education and the preservation of nature.  We are thankful for the opportunity to help the preserve,” said Corey O’Steen, owner of Creative Habitats, which provided coordination and design services for the fire circle.

Sharon Tatum, development coordinator at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, coordinated the in-kind donations. ““We are so grateful these local businesses were able to work together to improve this wonderful resource for the enjoyment of our community.”

The fire circle will be a central part of the upcoming “S’more Fun with Mom” on May 9, which is co-sponsored with the City of Auburn and is Auburn’s first and only mother/son special event. Registration for this event will open on March 31.

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 daily to the public at no charge from sunrise to sunset. The preserve is located on North College Street, just north of the Auburn University Fisheries.

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to www.auburn.edu/preserve.

KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc to Sponsor 5K Trail Run

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. presented a check for $5,000 to Jennifer Lolley, administrator of the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in December to sponsor their 5k Trail Run, Sunday Stroll and Tot Trot to be held at the Preserve this March.

Corinne Hodges, Manager of Public Relations at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc., says that this partnership is an investment in one of the company’s key focus areas for corporate responsibility – the environment. She says KMMG seeks to have an impact in communities where team members live or where key dealerships in the region are located, and was seeking an opportunity in the Auburn area. She herself lives in Auburn and is familiar with the Preserve, so she contacted Lolley to see whether there would be an opportunity for KMMG to support the Preserve. Together, they selected the trail run as a good fit for an initial collaboration. This sponsorship represents the first corporate partnership for the Preserve, says Lolley. The gift from KMMG will be further leveraged in the form of the 5-to-1 matching grant previously pledged by the City of Auburn.

The trail run, slated to occur on March 9th at 1:30 p.m., will feature a Tot Trot and Sunday Stroll in addition to the main race. “We’re trying something different,” says Lolley. “This race is special – there aren’t a lot of runs or walks through a beautiful forest. We are hoping to attract a lot of first time participants, so we will be trying to raise awareness and visibility for the event. Our goal is to show off this beautiful property and promote fitness at the same time.”

Randy Jackson, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, was on hand to present the check, and said, “We’re glad we can help. Hopefully we can grow with you.”

Visit the upcoming events calendar for race details and registration.

City of Auburn Renews Its Support

 

For the second year, the City of Auburn has pledged a five-to-one match for individual and corporate contributions of up to $50,000 for the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

According to the agreement, the city is providing the grant in the form of matching funds in order to encourage community engagement and support for this resource for outdoor recreation and education.

“We are happy to have this support once again from the city of Auburn leadership.” said Jennifer Lolley, outreach administrator at the preserve. ”Community and regional use of the preserve is growing as people discover this “hidden jewel” right here in our own backyard. However, the existing facilities are not sufficient to meet the demand. With this city grant, donor contributions will be multiplied by five in support of much needed improvements to support its 20,000 plus annual visitors.” Lolley said that priorities include building and grounds improvements, additional restroom facilities, as well as part-time staff to expand educational programs.

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and has five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge.

Individuals, companies and organizations wishing to make financial contributions to benefit the Forest Ecology Preserve as part of this matching-funds program can visit the FEP online giving page or mail your donation to the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL 36849-5418. Charitable donations such as this, because the Auburn University Foundation receives them on the university’s behalf, are tax deductible.

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to auburn.edu/preserve.


Forest Ecology Preserve Announces Results of Its 2013 Membership Drive

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve (FEP) recently completed a successful membership drive, recruiting 78 new members (nearly 25% of its overall membership) and exceeding the organization’s goal of signing 50 new members during the 6-week campaign.

“We are extremely proud of the results of our 2013 membership drive, and we thank everyone for their participation and hard work to make this drive a success,” said FEP Outreach Administrator, Jennifer Lolley.

The FEP’s multi-faceted marketing and community awareness campaign sought to encourage area residents to explore the Auburn preserve and nature center. With its theme of discovery and learning; the membership drive conveyed its message to, “Join us at the Preserve, it’s yours to discover!”

The Preserve has become an important resource in the area for the study and enjoyment of nature and is dependent on grants and private donations for its operations. Recognizing the value of the Preserve and the need for community-wide support, the campaign reached out to residents of Lee County and surrounding areas in an effort to increase the Preserve’s membership base.

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and features five miles of hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge. Community and youth environmental education programs are regularly scheduled.

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to auburn.edu/preserve.

Contacts: Jennifer Lolley, Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, (334) 844-8091, (preserve@auburn.edu) or Jessica Nelson, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, (334) 844-9248, (jsn0002@auburn.edu)

Forest Ecology Preserve Hosts Wolves Program Saturday, June 8th

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve concluded its membership drive with a fascinating program by guest speaker, AU School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences professor, Dr. Todd Steury. Preserve attendees learned more about this misunderstood canine, its tragic history and the present day conservation efforts underway to save them.

Forest Ecology Preserve extends its gratitude to Dr. Steury, as well as Charlotte Roe and Tom Shirley, who provided the nearly 400 attendees with the rare opportunity to visit with their two gray wolves, Sassy and Broken Arrow; as well as to all the volunteers who helped with the program.

The Preserve hosts community educational programs almost monthly. To learn more about upcoming programs, visit the Preserve interactive events calendar.

Forest Ecology Preserve Launches Membership Drive on Earth Day

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, will kick off its membership drive on Earth Day, Monday, April 22.

According to Forest Ecology Preserve administrator, Jennifer Lolley, “This is an exciting time to become a member of the Preserve. We have just revamped the member program in 2012 to provide greater value for members with new benefits such as free passes to educational programs, members’ only events, as well as reciprocal admission to other nature centers. Preserve membership is a win-win for our members as well as our operations, as those funds support educational programs as well as maintenance and improvements at the Preserve.”

The membership drive will conclude with the Wolves! program on Saturday, June 8, 2013. In addition to annual membership benefits, new members who join at the $35 magnolia level during the membership drive will receive free family admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children) to Wolves! Admission to this program is $3.00 for current members and $4.00 for non-members.

The Preserve has become an important resource in the area for the study and enjoyment of nature and is dependent on grants and private donations for its operations. Recognizing the value of the Preserve and the need for community-wide support, the membership drive will reach out to residents of Lee County and surrounding areas in an effort to increase membership by 30 percent.

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and has five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge.

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to https://fp.auburn.edu/preserve/.

New Member Benefits


The Forest Ecology Preserve has recently expanded its membership benefits! New features have been  added to provide members with abundant opportunities to discover and learn about our natural world; both at home and while traveling!

New member benefits include a personalized member card and decal, discounted program fees, invitations to participate in members-only events, as well as free admission at reciprocal nature centers across the U.S. Members also receive the newly developed quarterly e-newsletter featuring details about upcoming events, informative articles, and fun ideas for nature-based activities.

Members joining at the Hickory level and above may also receive other benefits such as family passes; each good for free admission for up to 5 family members (a $15 value!) to any one of the Preserve educational programs, complimentary special event tickets, and free gift memberships to share with family and friends.  Additionally, the Preserve will proudly recognize its members on its website. Upper level members will also receive honorary recognition with a name plaque mounted to the Forest Ecology Preserve Giving Tree.

The Preserve was endowed to the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences as an outreach program and is dependent upon grants and private donations for its operations. Membership contributions also support nature-based educational programs for area residents and children. For more details about member benefits or to join, simply visit the Membership section to complete your enrollment online or call 334-844-8091.