Bio Blitz is Closely Approaching!

What is a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz is a hands-on, citizen science event to promote interest in local biodiversity. People will have the opportunity to work in the forest alongside scientists from Auburn University and the local area while discovering the diversity of insects, fish, fungi, plants, mammals, herpetofauna, birds, and bats.

Where? Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, 2222 N. College St. Auburn, Alabama.

When? This come-and-go event is open to the public from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017. Stay for a couple of hours or stay for the day. It is up to you.

Who can attend? Anyone who loves nature and learning about the natural world! All are invited to attend, including students, teachers, and families.

Does it cost anything to participate? The cost is $5 per person for all participants 10 years old and up. Each participant will get an Explorer’s Kit, which will include a notebook, pencil, and hand lens along with information about Alabama’s forest and wildlife. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Water, light snacks and bathroom facilities will be available on site.

I still have questions. Who can I contact? For more information, contact BioBlitz coordinator Becky Barlow, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Forestry Specialist. Phone: 334-844-1019 Email: rjb0003@aces.edu.

 

Summer Ecology Camp is Filling Up Fast!

This year’s summer ecology camp theme is The Web of Life for 1st– 4th graders! Hungers Games camp will be held for 5-7th graders.Campers will enjoy learning all about the water cycle and the role water plays in our natural ecosystem. Have you ever asked yourself where water came from? How it helps plants to grow? Or, where it goes after it rains?

Learn all this and more at this year’s summer ecology camp! Explore the importance of water in the lives of animals, plants, and humans as well as the impact we can have on wise use and management of our water resources through active and participatory nature studies, crafts, games, hikes, and more!

Camps are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Except Camp Discovery, Explorers) Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. Camps are for children in upcoming grades 1st – 7th.

Registration is $110 and includes a daily snack, activities, and a camp t-shirt. KPNC membership at the Magnolia level ($35 or above) is required for registration. Visit auburn.edu/preserve to join.

Visit the KPNC Marketplace to register.

Available camps include:

May 31 – 3
Camp Discovery – for upcoming 3rd and 4th grades. This session will be Tuesday – Friday and will include a night session on Thursday, May 29th, for the whole family to attend.

June 6 – June 10
Young Naturalist I – for upcoming 1st and 2nd grades.

June 13 – June 17
Hunger Games – for upcoming 5th through 7th grades. In addition to activities related to the summer camp theme, Water Wonders!, campers will also learn about the responsibilities of park/wilderness rangers, including outdoor survival skills such as fire and shelter building, first aid, and more.

June 20 – June 24
Young Naturalist II – for upcoming 1st and 2nd grades.

June 27 – June 30 (SOLD OUT) 
Explorers – for mixed ages, upcoming 1st through 6th grades. Ideal for siblings. This session will include a night session (no camp on Friday due to the holiday weekend) on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00-8:30 for the whole family to attend.

All camps are held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, just north of the AU Fisheries complex. Email preserve@auburn.edu or call 334-844-8091 for more information.

Individuals from 13 – 17 years of age who would like to participate in the Summer Ecology Camp program as a Counselor In Training (CIT), may click here to fill out the Counselor in Training Application. 

S’more Fun with Mom Registration to Begin 3/14

Join us for the 4th Annual S’more Fun with Mom, Lee County’s Mother/Son adventure, co-hosted by the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center and the City of Auburn. S’more Fun with Mom will be held for two evenings; Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  This fun evening will include a night hike, craft, cookout, s’mores, and storytelling!

Our mother/son duos may commemorate this special night with a 5×7 portrait (proceeds benefit the KPNC). Rain dates are Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19. Ticket sales begin March 14 and are $30 per mother/son couple, $10 per additional son. Recommended ages are 4 – 12 years. Visit the KPNC Online Marketplace to purchase tickets (one Mother/Son ticket per purchase). Registration is limited to 50 couples per night.

Co-hosted with the City of Auburn. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau, Publix of Cary Creek and Home Depot. Proceeds benefit the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center.  In the event of rain date cancellations; purchased tickets will be applied as contributions.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but refunds cannot be issued. A tax receipt for donations may be provided upon request.

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, AL. For questions, please email preserve@auburn.edu.

 

Forest Friends Registration Open!

Go to aub.ie/ffspring2017 to register for the Spring Session of our award winning preschool program, Forest Friends!

Forest Friends incorporates hands-on activities with nature and environmental awareness for preschoolers and their care-givers.
 
Spring’s six-week session begins Tuesday, 3/21 and Friday, 3/24 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
 
Topics this year include: Sowing Seeds, Web of life; Silly Senses, ABC Woods, Wiggle, Crawl, Worms & All; and Fabulous Feathers.
 
Session fee is $45 per child. Membership with the KPNC at the Magnolia level ($35) or above is required.  Membership can be obtained online.  
 
Forest Friends Registration starts on March 7th.  Space is limited. 
 
This program will be held at the Louise Kreher Preserve & Nature Center unless otherwise noted. The nature center is located at 2222 N. College Street near the AU Fisheries and Hwy 280. For more information, visit auburn.edu/preserve, email preserve@auburn.edu, or call 334-707-6512.

 

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13th Annual 5K Trail Run, Tot Trot & Sunday Stroll

Come explore the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center’s beautiful forested trails on this carefully measured, well- marked 5K course. Those who prefer are invited to walk the course. Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operations and environmental education programs. The 5K race is on March 26, 2017 and starts at 2:30 p.m. The Sunday Stroll starts at 2:45 p.m., and the Tot Trot starts at 3:30 p.m. 5K and Sunday Stroll will run/walk the same trail, while the Tots get their own shorter trail to stroll themselves. Race day registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Registration fees vary and includes a t-shirt, snacks and door prizes. T-shirts are only ordered for those who pre-register before March 17. Pre-registration is $20 per runner, $10 for tots, and $15 for strollers. Race day registration is $25 per runner. Same fees apply for tots and strollers. 5K Awards: Top 3 male and female; 1st and 2nd in 10 year groups; 1st Master male and female. Tot Trot Awards: All finishers receive a finisher’s ribbon. Register online at KPNC 5K Trail Run Race held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, Al.

Home-school Registration Open!

Nature’s Explorers environmental education program, designed for home-schooling families offers a unique educational experience for home-schooled students and their parents.

Classes meet the 2nd Monday (except March due to Spring break so will be held on March 20th) of the month (March- May). This hour and a half class incorporates hands-on science with nature and environmental awareness.

Topics include Geology, Eggciting, Food Webs & Habitats.

Family membership to the Kreher Preserve at Magnolia level ($35) or above is required for registration. Registration is available on-line at aub.ie/explorenature.

Registration is required. $15 for first child; $27 for two children, $40 for three children and $50 for four children. Children 3 and under are free. Children must all be in same family. Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The sessions will consist of approximately a 45 minute lesson and a 45 minute hike.

In case of bad weather, they will be made up on the 3rd Monday of the month.

This program will be held at the Louise Kreher Preserve & Nature Center unless otherwise noted. The nature center is located at 2222 N. College Street near the AU Fisheries and Hwy 280. For more information email preserve@auburn.edu.

Guided Nature Walks, Offered Monthly for Adults

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Take an interpretive tour through the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center with a trained naturalist.  Nature Walks offer excellent opportunities to socialize and learn, while enjoying fresh air and exercise in our beautiful outdoors. If you are new to the area or uneasy venturing out on your own, this is a great way to safely explore the outdoors while learning about the plants, wildlife, and ecology of our area. Guided Nature Walks feature a different topic each month chosen from a variety of seasonal themes. 2016 themes include:

January – Warm for the Winter: This month we will teach you how animals stay warm for the winter, what they eat, where they sleep as we hike out looking for birds and mammals who stayed for the winter.

February – Watersheds: This month we will learn all about state watersheds, river basins and our own Saugahatchee watershed!

March – Invasive Plant: We will investigate plants that have snuck into Alabama from other countries and why they are so detrimental to our ecosystems. We will enjoy a hike looking and pulling up any of these bad invasive plants and planting some good native plants!

April – Earth Day: Enjoy a walk on our wonderful earth learning all about the history of Earth Day and ways to take care of our favorite planet!

May – Native Americans: Learn about the Native American tribes of Alabama and the Muscogees (upper Creeks) that once lived at the preserve.

June –  – No hike offered

July – Butterflies: Learn all about beautiful butterflies. Walk to our butterfly garden to observe butterflies in all stages of life cycle.

August – Carnivorous Plants: Learn all about the fascinating world of bogs and the incredibly adaptive plants that live there!

September – Honey Bees: This month learn all about these fascinating insects and taste some local honey- from our own hives. We will learn all about pollination and the waggle dance while out on our hike to see our bees.

October – Fall Foliage: Come and learn all about seasonal changes and the signs of fall!

November – White-tailed deer: Hikers will investigate the wonderful world of the white-tail deer.

December – 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. Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count and become a citizen scientist to help researchers gain a clearer picture of bird populations with the data you gather in a fun activity the whole family can enjoy.

Walks are offered the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Canceled in the event of rain. Hikes are free to the public. Donations are welcomed. All hikes are offered at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn. The nature center is located 3 miles north of Toomer’s Corner. Traveling from the south, the KPNC entrance is on the right, just north of the AU Fisheries complex.

 

Discovery Hikes, Families & Children Exploring Nature

 

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Explore the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center and learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration, and exercise! Guided Discovery Hikes feature a different topic each month chosen from a variety of seasonal themes. 2016 nature themes include:

January – Warm for the Winter: This month we will teach you how animals stay warm for the winter, what they eat, where they sleep as we hike out looking for birds and mammals who stayed for the winter.

February – Watersheds: We will learn all about state watersheds, river basins, and our own Saugahatchee watershed!

March – Invasive Plants: We will investigate plants that have snuck into Alabama from other countries and why they are so detrimental to our ecosystems. We will enjoy a hike looking and pulling up any of these bad invasive plants and planting some good native plants!

April – Earth Day: Enjoy a hike on our wonderful earth learning all about the history of Earth Day and ways to take care of our favorite planet!

May – Native Americans: Learn about the Native American tribes of Alabama and the Muscogees (upper Creeks) that once lived at the preserve.

June – – No hike offered

July –Butterflies (9:00 a.m.): Learn all about beautiful butterflies. Hike to our butterfly garden to observe butterflies in all stages of life cycle.

August – Carnivorous plants (9:00 a.m.): Learn all about the fascinating world of bogs and the incredibly adaptive plants live that live there!

September – Honey Bees: This month learn all about these fascinating insects and taste some local honey- from our own hives. We will learn all about pollination and the waggle dance while out on our hike to see our bees.

October – Fall Foliage: Come and learn all about seasonal changes and the signs of fall!

November – White-tailed deer: Hikers will investigate the wonderful world of the white-tail deer.

December – 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. Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count and become a citizen scientist to help researchers gain a clearer picture of bird populations with the data you gather in a fun activity the whole family can enjoy.

For families and other adults accompanying children. Walks are offered the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Canceled in the event of rain. Hikes are free to the public. Donations are welcomed. All hikes are offered at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn. The nature center is located 3 miles north of Toomer’s Corner. Traveling from the south, the KPNC entrance is on the right, just north of the AU Fisheries complex.