Halloween Enchanted Forest, Oct 25 & 26

This fun, family-friendly Halloween event takes our guests on a magical hike in our Enchanted Forest where they will be greeted and entertained by our costumed forest friends. Admission is $5 per person. This event is not recommended for children under 3 who might be afraid of costumed characters. Reservations are required.

Buy tickets and sign up for a set time slot. Group hikes will lead out every 10 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m. with last hike leaving out at 7:30 p.m. Hikes will last approximately 45-50 minutes. You will need to arrive and check in at pavilion a minimum of 15 minutes before your hike slot. Children’s activities will be available until hike starts including pumpkin bowling and various crafts. Wear your Halloween costume and comfy walking shoes. Bring a flashlight. Event will end at our amphitheater with a campfire , fortune teller and photo opportunities.

Fall Family Fun Day, Oct 6

Enjoy this fun event for the whole family at the preserve celebrating fall with music, hikes, animal encounters, face painting, and nature related crafts on October 6 between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and no registration is required. Overflow parking will be available in our north parking lot, located on Farmville Rd.  From this location, there is a well-marked 0.4-mile hike to amphitheater or golf cart shuttle will be available as well.  Entry is a $1 donation to the preserve for Adults and Youth, children 3 and under are free.

For questions or further information, email us at preserve@auburn.edu.

AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles Show

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. Admission is $5/person. Children 3 and under are free. Pre-registration is not required.

Proceeds benefit the nature center. Sponsored by Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

KPNC featured on RFD TV’s Simply Southern

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center was recently featured on an episode of RFD TV’s Simply Southern show.  The show highlights unique places around the state of Alabama each week.  The episode originally aired August 19 but will return on air on November 18.  In the meantime, you can follow this link below to watch, the KPNC is featured around the 10:00 minute mark.



Auburn University Welcome Week: Hike It Auburn

We are excited about welcoming back the Auburn University students with our event, ‘Hike It Auburn’ on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:00-7:00pm.  This free event will let Auburn students come explore our six miles of trails and have interactive experiences with our animals including snakes, lizards, and an alligator!  Trail mix and lemonade will be provided.

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street and can be reached by a short drive down College St. or through a Tiger Transit request.


Registration Opens for Fall Forest Friends and Nature Explorers

Registration is now open for our Fall Forest Friends and Nature Explorers program.  To register, go to: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175  

Forest Friends is an exploratory nature program for pre-school children aged 2-5. Classes meet over the course of a six-week period from 9:30-11:00am beginning Friday, September 21 and continuing through Friday, October 28. Children will learn about themes including Beautiful Butterflies; Icky Sticky Worm; Spotty Salamanders; 123, What do I see?; ,Hairy Scaly , Squishy; and Wesley, the Amazing Alligator. Cost is $45 per student, membership at the magnolia level is required.

Nature’s Explorer Home School program is an environmental education program designed for home-schooling families which offers a unique educational experience for home-schooled students and their parents. Classes will meet the on September 10, October 8, and November 12 from 10:00-11:30am. Topics include Alabama Wildflowers, Bird Beaks, Feet and Tweets, and Incredible Invertebrates. Family membership to the Kreher Preserve at Magnolia level ($35) or above is required for registration.. This class incorporates hands-on science with nature and environmental awareness and concludes with a nature hike. Students will learn about a different topic each class of the 3 month session. The sessions will consist of approximately a 45 minute lesson and a 45 minute hike.

Science on Saturday: Geology Hike with Dr. Jim Lacefield July 21, 10 A.M.

Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds and Alabama Rocks, will present a program on the Geological Basis for Alabama’s Surprising Richness in Plant and Animal Species. Dr. Lacefield is a fascinating speaker who will entertain you all on Alabama’s rich geological history. The talk is geared for adults and children ages 8 and up, but children’s activities will be available for younger children.  The Geology Hike will be held on Saturday, July 21 at 10:00 AM and is $4 for KPNC members and $5 for non-members.  The Kreher Preserve is located at 2222 N. College Street in Auburn.

Science on Saturday: Tree ID, June 2nd at 10:00am

Come get to know the key tree species in your community. This program will teach you the basics of tree identification as well as some key characteristics of tree species you encounter everyday. We will hike through the trails of the Kreher Preserve and learn the names of these leafy neighbors. Program is $5 for non-members, $4 for members. Children 3 and under are free.

Kreher Preserve in the News

A baby alligator found in an Auburn neighborhood has made some big news the past few days.  The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center was honored to play a part in this gator’s story.

Articles describing the story can be found at the following:




Summer Camp: Spots still available

Don’t miss out on the fun of our ‘Unhuggables’ camp.  Spots are still available for the following sessions.  

Camp Discovery: Rising 3rd and 4th graders, May 29-June 1

Young Naturalist I: Rising 1st and 2nd graders, June 4-8

Auburn Adventure: Rising 5th-7th graders, June 11-15

Young Naturalist II: Rising 1st and 2nd graders, June 18-22

Camp is $110, with membership at the Magnolia level required.  To register: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=175