The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC), alongside the City of Auburn, hosted the third annual S’more Fun with Mom outing on May 12 and 13. Mothers and sons shared an evening packed with arts and crafts, a cookout, hiking, roasting s’mores, and storytelling. The annual event is a Mother’s Day tradition for many families. Wendy Gray, assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Psychology, remarked “It is an event we look forward to each year. I appreciate the opportunity to have a night that is just for my son and I.”
The pairs spent much of the evening bonding around a fire through roasting marshmallows and laughing with each other. Guests also enjoyed a cook out dinner, courtesy of Publix and Sam’s Club, and crafting a nature themed bulletin board, in partnership with Home Depot. Participants also went on a evening nature hike, in search of nocturnal animals. The groups were thrilled to sight an opossum and a snake in their natural habitats.
Sarah Crim, Auburn resident and alumna of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, shared “My son and I always look forward to the S’more Fun with Mom event held at the KPNC. This was our third year in attending and every year gets better! It is wonderful to see all of the Moms enjoying an evening with their sons outdoors, away from the typical day-to-day activities…We learn about things together and come away with sweet memories of our shared experience in the woods, there is always something funny or unexpected that happens that we love to remember and laugh about. I look forward to participating in this event for years to come!”
Gibbs Couch concluded the evening by entertaining the attendees through storytelling. Attendants gathered at the outdoor amphitheater to listen to her tell humorous stories about life lessons and chilling tales of ghosts. Couch is a lifelong Auburn resident and teaches storytelling courses at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
The event is an annual favorite for both City of Auburn residents and supporters of the KPNC. Becky Richardson, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City Of Auburn, remarked “We enjoy partnering with the Kreher Preserve on the S’more Fun with Mom event. It is a lot of fun and our citizens really seem to enjoy it.”
The KPNC, 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.
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