Valentine’s Day Self-Led Hike

Celebrate the love of nature with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day by enjoying a hike through the trails of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. Along the hike we will have several spots for you and your loved ones to enjoy the scenery. This self-led hike will cover around a mile of the preserve’s lovely trails and takes around an hour to walk through. Hiking can begin at 9:00am and will be available throughout the day until sunset. No admission fee but donations are welcome.

Registration for Summer Ecology Camp: Alabama Rocks begins today!

Register online at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175

Camps include:
Camp Discovery, May 28-31 (with evening session on May 30), Upcoming 3rd /4th graders
Young Naturalists, June 3-7, Upcoming 1st and 2nd graders
Explorers, June 10-14, Upcoming 1st-7th graders
Junior Rangers, June 17-21, Upcoming 5th-7th graders
Explorers, June 24-28, Upcoming 1st-7th graders

Nature Explorers Registration begins for Spring Session

Nature Explorers, our program for home-school students and their families, will begin again this March through May. Through this program, we will explore science related topics through interactive learning in our 120-acre classroom. Each session will include an educational program and an interpretive hike through the property. Topics for the spring session include:

Our Spring series consists of 3 sessions, each from 10 to 11:30 AM:
March 4: Weather
April 8: Incredible Insects
May 13: Amazing Alabama

Advanced registration is required. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/d7Lavi1t2t393OOG3

The sessions are $5 each per child ($15 for the entire series), due on the first day of class. Current membership with the Kreher Presreve & Nature Center is required to register.

We must have at least 5 families registered or the session will be cancelled.

If you have any questions, please contact us at preserve@auburn.edu. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Hike it Baby monthly hikes begin Jan.3

Our partnership with Hike It Baby continues this year on January 3 at 3:30pm as we discover and learn about nests. On the first Thursday of each month we will lead a hike for our smallest explorers. All are welcome and there is no charge. We will meet at the covered pavilion and head our from there. To learn more about Hike It Baby, check out their website at https://hikeitbaby.com/.

Halloween Enchanted Forest, Oct 25 & 26

This fun, family-friendly Halloween event takes our guests on a magical hike in our Enchanted Forest where they will be greeted and entertained by our costumed forest friends. Admission is $5 per person. This event is not recommended for children under 3 who might be afraid of costumed characters. Reservations are required.

Buy tickets and sign up for a set time slot. Group hikes will lead out every 10 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m. with last hike leaving out at 7:30 p.m. Hikes will last approximately 45-50 minutes. You will need to arrive and check in at pavilion a minimum of 15 minutes before your hike slot. Children’s activities will be available until hike starts including pumpkin bowling and various crafts. Wear your Halloween costume and comfy walking shoes. Bring a flashlight. Event will end at our amphitheater with a campfire , fortune teller and photo opportunities.

AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles Show

Join the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center staff for a one-hour presentation on the AUsome amphibians and reptiles found in our state and beyond. Children and adults will enjoy this entertaining hands-on program with live animals. Admission is $5/person. Children 3 and under are free. Pre-registration is not required.

Proceeds benefit the nature center. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

KPNC featured on RFD TV’s Simply Southern

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center was recently featured on an episode of RFD TV’s Simply Southern show.  The show highlights unique places around the state of Alabama each week.  The episode originally aired August 19 but will return on air on November 18.  In the meantime, you can follow this link below to watch, the KPNC is featured around the 10:00 minute mark.

 

 

Science on Saturday: Tree ID, June 2nd at 10:00am

Come get to know the key tree species in your community. This program will teach you the basics of tree identification as well as some key characteristics of tree species you encounter everyday. We will hike through the trails of the Kreher Preserve and learn the names of these leafy neighbors. Program is $5 for non-members, $4 for members. Children 3 and under are free.

Fire on Plains CANCELLED

Fire on Plains CANCELLED

Due to weather conditions, we are unfortunately canceling the Fire on the Plains event on Saturday. After discussing the event with our fire ecology expert, Dr. John Kush, he reported that “The FoP event is being cancelled, not due to rain, as is the usual suspect, but the lack of rain, high fuel loads, and safety concerns for the attendees as well as the forest. The lack of measurable rain over the past week has left the fuel load at the Preserve very dry. Based on a prescribed burn conducted Wednesday on the Preserve and observing fire behavior, a very difficult decision was made to postpone the event until late autumn/early winter. In addition, the forecasted weather frontal system is going to bring swirling winds that will brings even more uncertainty to using fire on Saturday.”

We want to thank you all for your interest and support of this event. If you are interested in using fire as a management tool, there are several areas on the preserve property that have been burned in the last few weeks that you can visit as a reference for the effects of fire based on different forest cover. We are happy to answer any questions that you have on these areas.

We hope to see you at the Kreher Preserve soon!

Forest Friends Registration

Forest Friends registration begins March 6 at 10:00 a.m online at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175

Forest Friends is an interactive educational preschool program designed for children and their parents.  The program meets for six weeks beginning either March 27 or 30 from 9:30-11:00am and will cover themes from the ‘Wonder of Water’ to ‘Noisy Nests’ and ‘Animal Detectives.’  Each week children will engage in their natural world through learning, crafts, hikes, and other activities. Cost is $45 per child and includes a t-shirt.  KPNC membership is required at the Magnolia ($35) level.  For any questions, email us at preserve@auburn.edu.