5K Trail Run Online Pre-Registration Begins

2015-5KRaceWebBannerCome explore the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center’s beautiful forested trails on this carefully measured, well- marked 5K course. Splits will be given at 1 and 2 mile marks. Those who prefer are invited to walk the course.  Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operations and environmental education programs. Sponsored by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Master Graphics. Race organized by Auburn Opelika Running and Track Association, AORTA.

The 5K race starts at 2:30 p.m.  Tot Trot starts at 3:30 p.m. and the Sunday Stroll begins at 4:00 p.m. Race day registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Registration fees vary and include t-shirt, snacks and door prizes.  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. T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered entrants the day of the race. A signed waiver is required for participation.  Register securely online at the KPNC Events Online Marketplace. Online pre-registration will close May 1, 2015.

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 award.

Visit auburn.edu/preserve or mail preserve@auburn.edu for more information. Race held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, Al. Email preserve@auburn.edu or contact Jennifer Lolley at 334-707-6512 with questions.

Music in the Forest Benefit Concert, Ticket Sales Begin March 11


The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Auburn University Department of Music invite you to Music in the Forest, a concert benefiting children’s educational programs and music student scholarships, featuring the popular ensemble group, the AU Singers, under the direction of Dr. Dale Farmer.

The AU Singers will perform during a late afternoon outdoor concert and reception to be held Saturday, April 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The performance will be held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center amphitheater. Attendees are welcome to bring picnic blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be provided by event sponsor, Toomer’s Coffee.

Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds benefit the AU Music Department student scholarship fund and Kreher Preserve & Nature Center children’s educational programs.

Rain date will be 4/12, same time. Purchase tickets online at the KPNC Events Online Marketplace.



S’more Fun with Mom, Registration Begins March 16




Join us for 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 7 and 8, 2015 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 by JRogers Photography ($10 per image – proceeds benefit the KPNC). Rain dates are Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15. Ticket sales begin March 16 and are $20 per mother/son couple, $5 per additional son.  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, Sam’s Club, and JRogers Photography. 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.

Scale Back Alabama Event, Tai Chi Class, 3/19

Escape from the chaos of the work week and enjoy Tai Chi at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. The essence of Tai Chi practice is balance and harmony. Tai Chi allows us the opportunity to slow down and be present in a fast-paced and often stressful world. The slow, gentle, mindful way of moving imparts grace to the body, calmness to the mind and lifts the spirits. A centuries old practice, Tai Chi is being recommended by health organizations around the world as an effective exercise that can improve balance and posture, prevent falls, build immunity, reduce stress and chronic pain, and even promote cognitive function. The instructor, Kitty Frey, is certified in several Tai Chi for Health programs.

Tai Chi class is free and scheduled at the pavilion from 5:15 – 6:15, on Thursday, March 19, 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 and the entrance is just north of the AU Fisheries complex. Canceled in the event of rain.

Astronomy Night, March 21


EVENT CANCELED – Due to cloud cover and anticipated rain, the spring Astronomy Night has been canceled.

Join Kreher Preserve & Nature Center staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society on March 21 at Kiesel Park in Auburn for a star studded event featuring a short astronomy program, educational space movie, powerful telescopes, laser constellation program and some out-of-this-world snacks. Remember to bring a flashlight and dress warmly. Please be aware, this program is not recommended for children under 5.

Admission is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is not required. Member program passes will be accepted for free admission for up to 2 adults and 3 children. Members (Magnolia level or above) must provide a program pass issued with their  membership fulfillment. New members who join may choose to redeem a pass for this event. Please visit the Rules and Information webpage to learn more about admissions policies.

Program held at Kiesel Park located at 520 Chadwick Ln, Auburn, AL. For more information email preserve@auburn.edu or call 334-707-6512. Canceled if mostly cloudy or raining.

Spring Break Camp, Registration Begins March 2



The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center will offer its Spring Break Camp March 23, 24, 25 from 7:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. for 1st – 6th grades. Children will enjoy a day outside learning all about our blossoming Alabama plants, busy honey bees, fish and native animals through hiking, fishing, gardening and other fun activities around the preserve. Snacks will be provided; however children should bring their lunch and a refillable water bottle each day.

Sessions are $40 per day or $100 for all three days. $30 per day per additional child. Registration begins March 2. To register, download the registration form (1 per child) and email the completed form to preserve@auburn.edu or mail to Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL 36830. Drop off is at 7:30 a.m. and pick up is at 3:30 p.m. The camp is held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, AL.  Contact 334-707-6512 in the event of rain.

Spring Forest Friends, Registration Begins March 6



This award-winning program is a unique educational experience for pre-school children and their parents that incorporates hands-on activities with nature and environmental awareness. This six-week session begins Tuesday, 3/31 and Friday, 4/3 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. There will be no sessions on April 21 and 24. Each session features a unique theme, including: First Signs of Spring, Bird Beaks, Feet and Tweet; The Busy Beaver; Web of Life; What’s the Buzz about Bees and Pollination; Native American Cultures in Alabama.

Playdate and registration will begin on March 6 at the nature playground at 10:00 a.m. Rain date is 3/9 at 10:00 a.m. Session fee is $45 per child. Membership with the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center at the Magnolia level ($35) or above is required. Join online. Download the registration form and email to preserve@auburn.edu.

The Dean’s Brass Quintet Appreciation Concert, March 13 – By Invitation

2015 KPNC-AUMD Appreciation Concert


Please be aware, the Dean’s Brass Quintet Appreciation Concert has been canceled for Saturday, 3/14, due to forecasted rain and wet conditions at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center.

In appreciation for their support, the Auburn University Music Department’s Dean’s Brass Quintet will perform for Kreher Preserve & Nature Center members and donors and AU Music Department patrons during this early evening reception and outdoor concert on (RESCHEDULED) Saturday, March 14 to be held from 5:30 – 6:45 pm. Music will begin at 6:00 p.m. By invitation only, RSVP required. Picnics and chairs are welcomed. Light refreshments will be provided by Publix.



Preserve Adopts New Informal Name and Launches Rebranding Campaign

KPNC LRG VERTWith the release of its newly developed quarterly e-newsletter, the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve announces it has begun a branding campaign through which it will also be known as the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC). The new shortened name was adopted to better illustrate the expanding scope of the preserve’s community and outreach programming. An outreach program of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the property continues to operate officially using the name it has carried since its donation to the university in 1993, but additional use of the new moniker signals the growth in programming made available on the grounds.

“This interchangeable use of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center ‘sub-brand’ more accurately describes the management and public use of the property as green space and the breadth of the educational resources provided there,” said Dr. B. Graeme Lockaby, the school’s interim dean and McClure professor.

Jennifer Lolley, preserve outreach administrator, concurred, noting that its identity as both a “preserve” and “nature center” speaks fully to the facility’s scope of programming. “We want the community to understand it is welcomed to enjoy all that the preserve offers, and we feel this change will help to achieve that goal,” she said.

In conjunction with the name change, the nature center commissioned the graphic design firm, The Creative Wing, to produce new graphics and redesign of the informational brochure as the centerpiece of the organization’s rebranding campaign. The new “informal” logo depicts a deer, bird, pinecone and human head against a palette of green shades often found in nature. These images are meant to convey the essence of the nature center’s values to serve as green space for the community, conserve and protect the plants and wildlife found there, as well as to provide educational opportunities for residents, students, and children. This concept continues with a new tagline created by School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Natural Resources Management students, “Where Leisure Meets Learning.”

The newly adopted branding will continue to unfold with professionally designed signage, updated web graphics, and printed collateral materials. Moving into 2015, the nature center’s website will also receive an update and redesign to enhance its appearance and functionality with new graphics, an interactive calendar and streamlined navigation. Finally, to help area residents and visitors easily find information about the nature center, efforts are underway to link all of its web identities including, Trip Advisor (listed as the #2 destination for Things to Do in Auburn), Google, Yelp, You Tube, and Facebook. Staff and leadership feel this comprehensive rebranding effort will communicate the quality and professionalism of the nature center’s programming and operations; underscoring its value as an important resource for environmental education and green space for the East Central Alabama region.

For more information about the rebranding campaign please email preserve@auburn.edu or call staff members, Jennifer Lolley at 334-707-6512 or Jamie Anderson at 334-703-2953.

The KPNC brochure was provided with support by the Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau. Download a copy of the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center brochure.

2015 Events Calendar Now Available

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC) has unveiled an exciting calendar of events that will appeal to all age groups with a diverse array of themes including arts, science and hobbies; plus many new opportunities for those who wish to enjoy special events at the nature center. Dates are available for all preschool programs and day camps, including the expanded dates of the spring break camp and summer ecology camps.

Learning About Upcoming Events

  • Visit the home page to “Join Our Mailing List” to receive email notifications about upcoming events.
  • Visit the interactive calendar for details about programs.
  • Download and print a current events calendar.

Admission Policies

Admission prices vary for programs and events and pre-registration is not always required. Please visit our interactive calendar to verify admission rates before attending an event.

We accept cash and checks for admission fees during events. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are unable to accept credit cards for admission. During events we are able to accept credit card payments for membership dues/payments only. Credit cards are accepted for pre-registered or ticketed events.

Free Admission and Member Discounts

Members receive discounts on most program admission fees. Magnolia level members or above receive a program pass(es) valid for free admission to one program (per pass) for up to a family of five (2 adults/3 children). Passes are valued at $20 and not redeemable for cash. Members must provide a program pass issued with their membership fulfillment to redeem free admission for a program. New members who join during events may choose to redeem their membership program pass for that event.

Membership program passes are not accepted toward payment for day camps, pre-school programs, rentals, birthday parties, or special events. Please email preserve@auburn.edu to inquire about an event. Passes do not guarantee admission for events requiring pre-registration.

Learn more about membership benefits or join online.


Admission fees, pre-paid registrations (with exceptions), and membership dues are not refundable. We are happy to apply any fees paid as a general contribution to benefit the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. A tax receipt can be provided upon request. Email preserve@auburn.edu to inquire.