The Team

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is maintained by two full time team members and a small army of dedicated, part-time educators, naturalists, and administrators.

Michael Buckman, Manager

(334) 707-7428,

Michael grew up with a passion for nature and the outdoors and graduated with a Zoology degree from Auburn University. After a decade focused on nature education at Callaway Gardens, he joined the team at the KPNC and manages the day-to-day operation, facilities maintenance, land management, and overall administration.

Sarah Crim, Education Director

(334) 707-6512,

Sarah has her B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Auburn University and enjoys working with children and adults as they further their outdoor education and foster their love for nature.  Sarah is the creator of and lead teacher at the KPNC’s Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool and she coordinates many of the KPNC’s environmental education initiatives.

Mary Middleton, Teacher & Naturalist

Mary has a background in education and biology and enjoys teaching about a variety of subjects.  When she is not teaching, you can find her on her farm working with her horses or helping out her family.

Emily Howe, Teacher & Naturalist

Morgan Huggins, Teacher & Naturalist

Kayla Wilson, Teacher & Naturalist

Amanda Thomas, Teacher & Naturalist

Cyndi Czerkawski, Teacher & Naturalist

Michelle Simpson, Teacher & Naturalist

Melanie Brown, Teacher & Naturalist

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center routinely employs seasonal and part-time teachers, naturalists, and caretakers.  If interested in learning more about potential job opportunities, please contact us at