Read Across the Preserve, February 28 – March 2

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Kreher Preserve and Nature Center to host “Read Across the Preserve” in celebration of the national literacy program, Read Across America. Visitors are welcome anytime between Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1 to enjoy this self-guided program. Children may pick out books at the Little Free Library located within the nature playground or travel along the “Story Walk” as a favorite book unfolds. Specially marked maps will help children discover fun reading spots along the preserve trails.

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, AL. Open and free to the public seven days a week. For more information visit http://wp.auburn.edu/preserve/event/read-across-the-preserve/

Spring Break Camp, Registration Begins March 2

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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

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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. Registration forms can be downloaded at auburn.edu/preserve (beginning March 6) or you may request forms at preserve@auburn.edu.

Science on Saturdays, March 7

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Kreher Preserve and Nature Center to offer “Science on Saturdays – Bears!” the first program of the 2015 educational series, on Saturday, March 7. Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences professor, Dr. Todd Steury, will offer an engaging talk about Alabama’s native bear populations. We’ll learn about their diet and habits, as well as their territories; and whether you’ll likely see bears in our area.

Admission is $5 for non-members and $4 for 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 during this event may choose to redeem their membership program pass. Please visit the Rules and Information webpage to learn more about admissions policies.

Program held at the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn. Canceled in the event of rain.

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

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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 Friday, March 13 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.  Rain date will be 3/14, same time.

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S’more Fun with Mom, Registration Begins March 16

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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, cookout, s’mores, and storytelling!

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 JRogers Photography ($10 per image – proceeds benefit the KPNC). Rain dates are Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15. $20 per mother/son couple. Ticket sales begin March 16. Visit auburn.edu/preserve or email preserve@auburn.edu for more information.

Co-hosted with the City of Auburn. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau, Publix and Sam’s Club. 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 gift tax receipt may be provided upon request.publixSamsclub

Mosaic Tile Workshop, March 17 & 18

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Help the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center to complete 3 new mosaic tile benches for the grounds while practicing this craft with your own trivet. Participants will complete this art class with skills to create their own bench for their home. Local artist, Cindy Mask and nature center staff will teach this introductory two-part class held at the nature center pavilion. Registration is $25 per person for both sessions. To register, email your name and number in your party to preserve@auburn.edu.

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street, just north of the AU Fisheries complex.

Scale Back Alabama Event, Tai Chi Class

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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, 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.

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

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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. A link will be provided for ticket sales beginning March 11 at auburn.edu/preserve.

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Astronomy Night, March 21

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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.