Auburn Area Community Theater and KPNC to Present Peter Pan at the Preserve, February 20th

PeterPanAuburn Area Community Theater’s Young Performers &  the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center Present
Peter Pan at the Preserve, Saturday, February 20th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Everyone, the young and the young at heart are invited to come to “Neverland” where you will interact with Peter, Wendy, the Lost Boys and of course Captain Hook and his devious pirates. As you arrive, you will be asked to choose a side…Lost Boys or Pirates. After a brief introduction to Neverland, you will have a chance to prepare for battle! You will face off at the playground in an epic game of capture tag.

For those that don’t want to join the melee, Wendy will be telling stories by the fire. There will be marshmallows for roasting, hot cocoa and spiced cider. Heavy rain or snow cancels the event.

The KPNC is located at 2222 North College Street, Auburn.  For more information contact Melanie Brown: supersugarmel@gmail.com. This a FREE event.

Birding 101 Scheduled for Saturday, February 13

2016 Science on Saturdays Series Opens with Birding 101

bluebirdsJoin Rita Kempf of the Auburn Birding Group and the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC) staff on Saturday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m. to learn all about counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will teach you the common winter birds found in our part of the state, ways to attract birds to your yard, and bird watching tips. Become a citizen scientist and help researchers gain a clearer picture of bird populations with the data you gather in a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. We will enter some live entries to the Cornell site after a group 15-minute count.

Proceeds from this program will be used to buy food for the preserve bird feeders. Cost: $4 for members/$5 non-members. The KPNC is located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, AL. Email preserve@auburn.edu for more information. Cancelled if severe weather.

Registration Opens for 2016 Spring Break Camp

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Enroll your child in the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, 2016 Spring Break Camp, to be held Monday, March 14, through Wednesday, March 16. Campers will spend three days with our staff naturalists welcoming the arrival of spring! While enjoying the fresh air and outdoors, the children will learn all about our Alabama plants, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals through hiking, gardening, arts and crafts and other fun activities out and about the preserve.

For grades 1st – 6th grades. The 3-day camp is offered from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and includes a drink and mid-morning snack. Drop off is at 7:45 a.m. The camp fee is $120 for members and $130 for non-members per child. Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes (that can get dirty-to play) are recommended.

You may download your registration form and email to: KPNC, 3301 SFWS Building, Auburn, AL 36849 or e-mail to: preserve@auburn.edu. The registration fee may be paid by check and is due by or on the first day of camp.

New Education Director and Volunteer Coordinator Joins KPNC Staff

photoAnna Bryant joined the staff of KPNC in September to serve as the new Education Director and Volunteer Coordinator. Anna, who was born and raised in Auburn, brings a wealth of knowledge about the environment to the preserve. She has worked as an environmental educator at Camp McDowell, a resident camp located in Northwest Alabama, and Camp Beckwith, located on the Alabama coast. She has a BS in Biology from University of South Alabama and Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. She has experience in raptors, wildlife rescue, kayaking, team building, ropes courses, and marketing and is a certified wilderness first responder. Anna will be a great asset to the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. Come by and meet her when you get a chance!

Auburn University Facilities Projects Set to Begin Early 2016

With the financial support and guidance of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC) pursued and was awarded an Auburn University Facilities Management FY15 Repair & Renovation (R&R) competitive matching grant for funds needed for the installation of new lighting, a playground vault restroom unit, and an automated gate for the Farmville Road entrance.

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The turtle pond, wetland and stream areas, located on the north boundary of the property, feature educational displays, benches, observation decks, a floating dock and boardwalks.

The addition of a restroom within the playground will offer an added convenience for visitors to this area and enable the KPNC to better serve large crowds during events. This restroom would also allow the pavilion and amphitheater to be more fully used for academic purposes and private groups when it is not being used for educational programs.

New low-impact lighting fixtures will be installed on the property along the Wax Myrtle Lane, leading from the parking area to the pavilion, from the pavilion to the amphitheater, and within the handicap parking area. The improved lighting will allow the nature center to expand its program offerings into the evening hours, enable nighttime private rentals for weddings and other events, and provide a safer environment for staff that may need to patrol the trails and buildings at night.

The addition of an automated gate at the Preserve’s north entrance parking area located on Farmville Road will provide greater public access to some of the Preserve’s natural elements such as the turtle pond, stream, wetland, and waterfall, as well as to improved areas such as the butterfly garden, historic Cooper Homestead and vegetable garden, and many trails and boardwalks that transect the north property. These features are now off-limits to many people who would enjoy this area, but are unable, or prefer not, to traverse the distance from the College Street entrance. Opening the Farmville Road parking area will allow a larger segment of the population to conveniently access these features while enabling the Nature Center to more easily incorporate these elements into its educational programming.

This matching grant award represents a significant investment by Auburn University to provide funds required for materials, design, and construction with the remaining half to be matched by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center through the School’s general funds and private donations to the KPNC. Bidding for the projects has been completed and it is anticipated the projects will be completed by the spring of 2016.

Individuals or groups wishing to support these projects with their tax-deductible contributions may do so online or by contacting Sharon Tatum, SFWS development coordinator, at (334) 844-1983 or via email at sst0003@auburn.edu.

KPNC to Host Annual Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike on Saturday, 12/5

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The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center will host its annual Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike this Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Make time in your busy holiday schedule to join us for this fun “santa-hunt” where we will hike the preserve looking for this elusive visitor in red. Later we will return to the amphitheater where we will gather for a cup of hot cocoa and a warm fire!

Admission to the Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike is $3 per person. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the East Alabama Food Bank. Pre-registration is not required. Cancelled in the event of rain.

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is located at 2222 North College Street, Auburn, AL. Email preserve@auburn.edu for more details.

Tiger Giving Day a Great Success for the KPNC!

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Auburn University donors contributed more than $411,936 during the university’s first-ever Tiger Giving Day, a 24-hour university-wide crowdfunding initiative on Dec. 1. The university set out to raise $327,500 for 24 unique projects based in Auburn’s colleges, schools and units. Of those 24 projects, 18 met or exceeded their goals, some by as much as 350 percent.

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Office of Development chose the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC), an outreach program of the School, as its focus for the inaugural crowd-funding campaign, with a project funding goal of $6,000 for the purchase and installation of a spider web playground apparatus for its nature playground.

The KPNC nature-based playground, one of the first of its kind in Alabama, offers children rich naturalistic play spaces and creative structures such as a beaver lodge, eagle’s nest, tree house, and teepee. With this funding, the KPNC will incorporate a “spider web” into the playground to compliment the other structures in the play area. The bouncy character of the secured rope web offers children of all ages the opportunity to develop climbing skills. As they master the web, the climbing helps the children to develop their muscle strength and coordination, while building their self-confidence and a positive association with arachnids.

The KPNC is grateful to the donors who helped the campaign to exceed its initial goal, raising a total of $9,370 or 155% of its goal, during the 48 hour period. Additional funds beyond the cost of the apparatus will enhance the playground area with with an Arachnid Learning Kiosk and a much-needed picnic area for visitors to the playground.

This campaign was considered a success for many reasons. The AU Tiger Giving Day was an excellent opportunity for the SFWS to raise awareness in the community about the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center and to underscore its purpose to help youth by exposing children to the wonders of nature, educating them about conservation, and encouraging them to be active and fit.

Since 1993, the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center has provided the community with an outdoor preserve – complete with five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater, a pavilion and a nature playground – open from sunrise to sunset with no admission fees. Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner gifted the 120-acre property to Auburn as a place where School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences students and faculty could engage the community through educational programs and also conduct field studies and academic research. Now one of the area’s most popular nature destinations, the preserve attracts more than 25,000 visitors annually and provides educational programs for nearly 5,000 K-12 students and 3,000 residents each year.

To read more about Auburn University’s Tiger Giving Day, visit AU Newsroom.

 

Support the KPNC on Tiger Giving Day, Dec 1st

JenSpideronHeadBio-BMark your calendars for the first-ever Auburn University Tiger Giving Day on Tuesday, December 1st! This 24-hour fundraising event will highlight the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center’s Spider Web as well as other projects across campus. Donations to this project will support the purchase and installation of a spider web playground apparatus to enhance the nature playground for children visiting the preserve!

Stay tuned to tigergiving.org! In the meantime, you can learn more about the KPNC Spider Web project with this short video or contact Sharon Tatum, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Development Coordinator, at 334-844-1983 or email sst0003@auburn.edu to make your donation today!

Please help us to spread the word about this crowd funding project! Share the video with your friends on your social media networks and ask them to make a donation on Dec. 1st! All contributions will help to make this great playground feature a reality for the kids!

 

 

 

Permanent endowment for the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center created in honor of the late Nicholas Holler

Shown with Holler (center) during a recent program held at the KPNC are its Outreach Administrator Jennifer Lolley (left) and School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Development Coordinator Sharon Tatum (right).

Shown with Holler (center) during a recent program held at the KPNC are its Outreach Administrator Jennifer Lolley (left) and School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Development Coordinator Sharon Tatum (right).

A recently established permanent endowment by Margaret Holler of Auburn will benefit the operations and community programs of the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, also known as the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, or KPNC. Equally important, it honors the devotion to conservation and environmental education demonstrated by her late husband, Nicholas “Nick” Holler.

Since 1993, the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center has provided the community with an outdoor preserve – complete with five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater, a pavilion and a nature playground – open from sunrise to sunset with no admission fees. Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner gifted the 120-acre property to Auburn as a place where School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences students and faculty could engage the community through educational programs and also conduct field studies and academic research. Now one of the area’s most popular nature destinations, the preserve attracts more than 25,000 visitors annually and provides educational programs for nearly 5,000 K-12 students and 3,000 residents each year. Read more

KPNC and City of Auburn to Host Fall Family Fun Day

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Bring the entire family out to the Preserve for a day in the woods! On Saturday, September 19 the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center and the City of Auburn / Auburn Parks and Recreation will host Fall Family Fun Day from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities like face painting, music, storytelling by the Auburn Public Library, a fall themed craft for kids, decorating hay bales and nature hikes lead by Preserve staff naturalists! The Discovery Hikes will introduce your family to plants and wildlife living in our area.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from local food vendors during the event. Families will also be able to pose for and purchase portraits with JRogers Photography at a cost of $10 for a 5×7 print. This event is sponsored by the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau and is FREE to the public.

The Kreher Preserve is located at 222 College Street, highway147 near highway 280 and the AU Fisheries. For more information, please contact either the Kreher Preserve by visiting www.auburn.edu/preserve, email to preserve@auburn.edu, or calling (334) 844 – 8091 or the City of Auburn / Auburn Parks and Recreation at www.auburnalabama.org/parks, emailing Ann Bergman at abergman@auburnalabama.org, or calling (334) 501 – 2936.