Upcoming Events

Please visit the home page to “Join Our Mailing List”  to receive email notifications about upcoming events. Visit the interactive calendar for details about programs or download a copy of the 2014 Calendar of Events.

 

1/9 – 12/11, Nature Hikes, Held the Second Thursday of Each Month, 8:30 a.m. (No hikes offered in June)

Enjoy some exercise while you observe the seasons unfolding at the preserve. Guided hikes offer an excellent opportunity to meet other nature-lovers while you learn more  about the plants and wildlife that can be found in our area. Hikes are offered every second Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Forest Ecology Preserve at 2222 North College Street, Auburn, AL. Groups meet at the pavilion. Free to the public. Donations welcomed. Canceled in the event of rain.

1/14 – 5/13, Discovery Hikes, Held the Second Tuesday of Each Month, 3:30 p.m.

This guided hike provides a fun outing for families with young children to enjoy the outdoors while learning more about the natural world. Discovery Hikes are free and offered every second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. for parents and children ages 5-12. Groups meet at the pavilion located at the Forest Ecology Preserve on 2222 North College Street, Auburn, AL. Donations welcomed. Cancelled in the event of rain.

2/8,   Astronomy Night, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (rescheduled from 2/1)

Join preserve staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society on February 8th 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. Program held at Kiesel Park located at 520 Chadwick Ln, Auburn, AL. Rain date is February 8th. Admission is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Visit the interactive calendar for program details.

2/28, Donor Reception & Wine Tasting, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

In appreciation of the generous contributions of $100 or more to the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve’s 2013/2014 City of Auburn Grant Fund, donors and members are invited to a reception and wine tasting at the lovely home of Dr. and Mrs. Scott Morrell. Reception sponsored by Hodges Vineyards & Winery, Crepe Myrtle Cafe and Earth Fare. By invitation.

3/9, 5K Trail Run, Tot Trot & Sunday Stroll, 1:30 p.m.

Come explore the Forest Ecology Preserve’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 development of this valuable resource for environmental education and outdoor recreation. You may register online or download a form for mailing. See event listing for registration details.

3/18,   Forest Friends 6-Week Spring Session Begins, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

This award winning program is a unique educational experience for pre-school children and their parents which incorporates hands-on activities with nature and environmental awareness. Children will learn about a different topic each week of the 6-week session. Membership at Magnolia level ($35) or above is required for registration. Registration is $45 for first child; a $5 discount for 2nd child is provided. Forest Friends sign up and playdate is March 4th at 10 a.m. at the nature playground. Visit the interactive calendar for details. FRIDAY REGISTRATION IS CLOSED (As of 3/4/14).

3/23, 3/30 & 4/6,   Music in the Forest, an AU Music Series

Join us for Music in the Forest, a relaxing afternoon of music and fellowship under the shaded canopy of the Forest Ecology Preserve ‘s open-air amphitheater. The Forest Ecology Preserve and Auburn University’s Department of Music will present the 3-week concert series, Music in the Forest, Sundays, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., March 23, March 30th and April 6th. Admission is free. Picnic blankets and chairs are welcome. Visit the interactive calendar for event details.

3/25 & 3/26,   Spring Break Camp, 8:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a day outside welcoming the arrival of Spring! Learn all about our blossoming Alabama plants, busy honey bees, fish and native animals through hiking, fishing, gardening and other fun activities around the preserve. Spring Break Camp is designed for current 1st-6th graders. Please have your children dress in comfortable (weather appropriate) clothing and close-toed shoes that can get dirty while we play. A mid-morning snack and drink will be provided. However, children will need to bring their own lunch. Registration is $20 for members and $25 for non-members per child, per day. You are welcome to register your children for both days. Visit the interactive calendar for registration instructions. NOTE: Registration is closed, both sessions are full. (As of 3/6/14)

TBD, Low Country Boil Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

In appreciation for their invaluable services, the Forest Ecology Preserve invites its volunteers (10 or more service hours) to the preserve to enjoy a traditional Low Country Boil. By invitation.

5/16,   S’more Fun with Mom, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for Lee County’s only Mother/Son adventure, co-hosted by the Forest Ecology Preserve and the City of Auburn! This fun evening will include a night hike, cook-out, storytelling, and s’mores!  $20 per mother/son couple. $5 per extra child. Recommended for children ages 4-12. Visit the interactive calendar for event details. Tickets are now available for the rescheduled date at http://www.active.com/auburn-al/s-more-fun-with-mom-mother-son-event-rain-date-2014.

5/27 – 30,  Camp Discovery, Summer Ecology Camp – Go Native!

Camp Discovery is for upcoming 3rd & 4th grades. This session will include a night session on Thursday, May 29th for the whole family to attend. All sessions are 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. All camps include hands-on nature studies, hikes, games, crafts and more! Membership is required for camp registration. Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, all activities and projects and a camp t-shirt. Download the registration form or visit the interactive calendar for camp details.

6/2-6,  Young Naturalist I, Summer Ecology Camp – Go Native!

Young Naturalist I is for upcoming 1st & 2nd grades. All sessions are 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. All camps include hands-on nature studies, hikes, games, crafts and more! Membership is required for camp registration. Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, all activities and projects and a camp t-shirt. Download the registration form or visit the interactive calendar for camp details.

6/7, Family Fun Day! 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Bring your family to the preserve for Family Fun Day!  This will be an exciting day featuring an interactive show and musical performance by DR Magic and Spicer’s Garage Band, live animal encounters and photo shoot at the pavilion with JRogers Photography, and children’s activities and face painting at the nature playground. Staff naturalists will also lead discovery hikes where you’re family will learn fun facts about the plants and wildlife that live here! Admission is free. Food trucks will be available to purchase lunch and refreshments.  Family portraits are $10 for a 5×7 print. A portion of food and portrait sales will benefit the Forest Ecology Preserve.  Become a member of the preserve during this community event and receive a free program pass for a family of five to attend any educational program, a $15 value! Family Fun Day is presented in partnership with the City of Auburn.

6/9-13,  Hunger Games Training Camp, Summer Ecology Camp – Go Native!

This camp is for upcoming 5th – 7th grades. The training camp is designed for older children to learn basic wilderness skills. All sessions are 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. All camps include hands-on nature studies, hikes, games, crafts and more! Membership is required for camp registration. Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, all activities and projects and a camp t-shirt. Download the registration form or visit the interactive calendar for camp details.

6/16-20,  Young Naturalist II, Summer Ecology Camp – Go Native! 

Young Naturalist I is for upcoming 1st & 2nd grades. All sessions are 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. All camps include hands-on nature studies, hikes, games, crafts and more! Membership is required for camp registration. Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, all activities and projects and a camp t-shirt. Download the registration form or visit the interactive calendar for camp details.

6/21, Members’ Fish-n-Fun Day, 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Members are invited to the preserve for a bit of fishing and fun at the preserve Turtle Pond.  Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a morning of fellowship, live music and cool refreshments. Test your skills and compete for winner of the day’s big catch! Admission is free with current membership.

6/23-27,  Explorers, Summer Ecology Camp – Go Native!

Explorers (upcoming 1st – 6th grades) is a new session created for mixed ages and is ideal for siblings. All sessions are 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. All camps include hands-on nature studies, hikes, games, crafts and more! Membership is required for camp registration. Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, all activities and projects and a camp t-shirt. Download the registration form or visit the interactive calendar for camp details.

7/15 – 12/9, Discovery Hikes, Held the Second Tuesday of Each Month (July at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. beginning 8/12)

This guided hike provides a great opportunity for families with young children to enjoy the outdoors while learning more about the natural world. Discovery Hikes are offered the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. for parents and children ages 5-12. Groups meet at the pavilion located at the Forest Ecology Preserve on 2222 North College Street, Auburn, AL. Cancelled in the event of rain. Donations are welcomed.

7/26,  Hunger Games Survivor Skills, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Built around the popular movie series, this program will teach basic wilderness survivor skills. Learn how to build a fire and shelter, which plants are edible and how to use a compass. We will also share some of the fundamentals about hunting, fishing, archery, and tracking. Geared for adults and children ages 8 – and up, this exciting program teaches useful skills for outdoor sports like camping and backpacking. Hunger Games Survivor Skills will be held Saturday, July 26 at 10: 00 a.m. at the Forest Ecology Preserve. Admission is $5 per person. Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

8/23,  Caving, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Join us for an exciting program where you will learn about this adventurous pastime and the cave systems found in Alabama. Program will be held Saturday, August 23th at 10 am. at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Admission is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

8/29,  AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve 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. Program will be held on Friday at 4:00 p.m. before the Arkansas game. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau. Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

9/13,  Hummingbirds, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

This interesting program about the tiniest of our feathered friends will be offered Saturday, September 13th at 10:00 am. at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Admission is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Children under 3 are free. Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

9/14,  Songs in the Woods, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of music at the Forest Ecology Preserve.  Limited seating is available in the amphitheater for up to 150 attendees.  Blankets and chairs are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served. Presented by the City of Auburn and the AO Tourism Bureau. Admission is $5 per person. Cancelled in the event of rain. Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

10/3,  AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve 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. Program will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 4:00 p.m. before the LSU game. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau. Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

10/11,  Creepy Wonderful Critters – Bats! 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy a program featuring one of our creepiest, and most beneficial, winged creatures, the eerie bat. Learn why bats are an important part of our ecosystem. Admission is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Children 3 and under are free. Become a Magnolia level member or above during this event to receive free admission! Visit the interactive calendar for more information.

10/24,  AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve 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. Program will be held on Friday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. before the South Carolina game. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau. Visit the interactive calendar for event details.

11/1, Astronomy Night, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join preserve staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society on November 1st 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.

12/6,  Holiday Wreath Workshop, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, 12/6, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ham Wilson Arena for a fun afternoon of making beautiful wreaths or sprays with natural elements for your home’s holiday decor. Music and delicious snacks will make the morning festive. Children 6 and older can join a parent to help make an ornament. Admission is $20 per wreath or spray. Registration begins in November. Visit the interactive calendar for program details.

12/13,  Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Make time in your busy holiday schedule to join us for this fun “santa-hunt” where we will hike the preserve looking for 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! Visit the interactive calendar for program details.

New this year! We will offer holiday portraits with our special guest. The sitting fee for a 5×7 portrait is $10 and will benefit the Forest Ecology Preserve. Admission to the Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike is $3 per person. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the East Alabama Food Bank. No pre-registration required. Cancelled in the event of rain.

Learn More!

Visit the interactive calendar to learn more about current programs or to register for events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at the Forest Ecology Preserve. The preserve is located just north of the AU Fisheries on North College Street, Auburn, AL.