Community Programs

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, also known as the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, hosts a variety of science, arts, and nature-based events, programs and activities serving area residents and families. Preserve programs serve “pre-k through gray” with activities designed for all ages. See the interactive calendar or visit the Upcoming Events page for a complete list of current programs and events or download a PDF version of the calendar flyer for your home or office.


Birding 101 Workshop

Join Rita Kempf of the Auburn Birding Group and the KPNC staff 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. Cancelled if severe weather.


Science on Saturdays

Attend one of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center’s regularly scheduled educational programs provided by Auburn University staff, faculty and visiting scientists. Program topics offered include sciences, conservation and sustainability, as well as recreation hobbies such as geocaching and caving. Children’s hands-on activities are offered during events where appropriate. Programs are scheduled at 10 am. Admission fee applies, member discount provided.


Native Plant Workshop

Join Dee Smith, Dennis Pinkard, Nancy Loewenstein and the KPNC staff to learn all about the importance of planting natives for birds, animals and humans and ridding our yards (and preserve) of invasive plants. Great handouts to take home and door prizes from local nurseries will be awarded. Participants will head out after the talk to check out some of KPNC’s beautiful natives. No registration required. Canceled in the event of heavy rain.


S’more Fun With Mom

Join us for S’more Fun with Mom, Lee County’s Mother/Son adventure, co-hosted by the KPNC and the City of Auburn. S’more Fun with Mom will be held for two evenings; Thursday and Friday, May 6th and 7th 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.


 AUsome Reptiles & Amphibians

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.


Fall Family Fun Day

Bring your family to the preserve for the Fall Family Fun Day! This will be an exciting day to celebrate the fall season harvest with music, scarecrow decorating contest, pumpkin painting, face painting, and storytelling. Kreher Preserve & Nature Ctr Staff naturalists will also lead discovery hikes where your family will learn fun facts about the plants and wildlife that live here!


Creepy Wonderful Critters

Enjoy a program on the amazing alligator with live alligators from an alligator farm.


Kreher Preserve & Nature Center 5K Trail Run 

Explore the preserve’s beautiful forested trails on this carefully measured, well- marked 5K course. Splits will be given at 1 and 2 mile marks. Race proceeds support the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center! Those who prefer are invited to walk the course. Race t-shirts, food and door prizes are included. Registration begins in September.


Ho Ho Ho Hike!

Make time in your busy holiday schedule to join us for this fun nature “Santa-hunt” where we will hike the preserve looking for animals and 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 for a homemade goodie.

See the interactive calendar or visit the Upcoming Events page for a complete list of current programs and events or download a PDF version of the events calendar for your home or office.