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.


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.


Astronomy Night

Join nature center staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society 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. This program is not recommended for children under 5. Program offered bi-annually. Admission fee applies, member discount provided.

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.


Holiday Wreath Workshop

This family program is held annually in December. Join us for a fun morning of making beautiful wreaths or sprays with natural elements for your holiday enjoyment. Music and delicious snacks make the morning festive. Children 6 and older can join parent to help and make an ornament. Admission is $20 per wreath or spray. Registration begins in November.


Music and Arts 

The preserve amphitheater offers a scenic venue to enjoy music and other live performances. Local musicians and entertainers, as well as students and faculty are invited to perform at this outdoor venue. Programs are offered during the spring and fall and are open to all members of the community. Picnics and chairs are welcome. Admission varies.


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.