Summer Adventure Camp

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center introduces it’s first, action-packed ADVENTURE CAMP!!


Summer Adventure Camp brings students on three day-trips to some of the incredible natural and historic wonders that Alabama has to offer. From the highest peak in the state to the depths of first recorded caverns in the United States, Alabama is waiting to be explored!

Campers will learn about nature, history, wildlife, industry, geology, archaeology, and more! In addition, campers will have the opportunity to swim, hike, climb, and explore; and learn how to paddle kayaks on Lake Martin!

Summer Adventure Camp is for upcoming 5th through 8th graders and runs Mon through Wed, July 19-21. Vans depart the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center (2222 N. College St) at 8:00 AM and return at 3:30 PM. Check out our itinerary below to learn more about this exciting and educational opportunity.


Imerys-Gantts Quarry

Did you know that the marble used in the construction of the White House was quarried right here in Alabama! Sylacauga is home to some of “the finest white marble in the world” and campers will have opportunity to see where it comes from, and how it is wrestled from the earth. Campers will also learn how this marble has been used in the past and how and why that is different from how it is used today.

Desoto Caverns

As a site where prehistoric, indigenous Americans lived and died, DeSoto Caverns is one of the most beautiful and historic caves in the U.S. With a constant temperature of 60º, the caves were visited by native American traders, mined for gunpowder by Confederate soldiers, and home to the manufacture of moonshine during prohibition. Campers will learn all about this fascinating natural wonder with a guided tour of the caverns; and have time to enjoy the many other educational activities at the park.

Kymulga Grist Mill

Established in 1864, the Kymulga Grist Mill and covered bridge are beautiful and educational windows into 19th-century Alabama. The mill was built by an innovative, German contractor for a Confederate army captain, completely from wood milled from the surrounding woods. Campers will join a guided tour of the mill and learn about the vital role of milling grains to the expansion and success of the American South.

Day 2

Martin Dam Hydroelectric Plant

Completed in 1926, Martin Dam was the largest construction project undertaken by Alabama Power. At 168 feet, the dam was the highest in the state when it was completed and was considered the “flagship” of the Alabama Power hydroelectric system. Campers will join a guided tour of the plant and learn how water can generate electricity for thousands of homes across East Alabama.

Smith Mountain & Fire Tower

Beautifully restored, the Smith Mountain Fire Tower was built in 1939 at the edge of Lake Martin and at the end of a beautiful half-mile trail through granite boulders and longleaf pine forest. From the cab, 80 feet above the top of Smith Mountain, the panoramic views are spectacular! Campers will learn about the purpose of fire towers and the history of the forestry industry in Alabama.

D.A.R.E. Power Park & Kayaking on Lake Martin

D.A.R.E. Power Park is a 30-acre, day-use facility developed in 1997 by Alabama Power right on the shores of Lake Martin. With beautiful beaches, campers will have the opportunity to swim in the lake. After lunch, the park will be the launching point for a guided kayaking trip to several islands. Campers will learn how to paddle from Chuck Browne, the area’s best paddle instructor, and learn all about riparian habitat and the wildlife that calls Lake Martin “home.”

Day 3

Cheaha State Park

Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in Alabama, at 2,411 feet, offering some of the best panoramic views in the Southeast! Giant granite boulders and wind-warped, ancient trees help to make this park one of the most incredible and unique in the nation. Nestled deep in the Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park is the oldest in the state (established in 1933) and offers beautiful trails, spectacular natural features, and amazing wildlife. Campers will get to explore the park, its trails, and its scenic overlooks; as well as visit the historic structures that reflect the park’s rich history.

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Horseshoe Bend was so called for the unique U-shaped bend in the Tallapoosa River. The site was undoubtedly a central location for Native Americans in the Southeast, which can be traced as far back as 10,000 B.C. In the early 19th century, a temporary village of refuge called Tohopeka was established with heavily fortified communal construction. This fortification, along with the adjacent river, made the site incredibly important during the Creek War. Campers will learn how this site impacted the future of Native Americans in the East and the incredible story of those that defended it.


Summer Adventure Camp is $250 per camper for all three days and includes a daily snack, transportation from the KPNC, all camp activities and entrance fees, a camp t-shirt, and a water bottle. Campers will need to bring their lunch each day; and campers must be able to swim.  Membership with the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is required.  A discount of $10.00 per camper is available for siblings living in the same household.