Courtesy of the Kreher
Preserve & Nature Center
Monarch butterflies, as well as sulphurs, fritillaries, painted ladies and many other species, are in the peak of their migration season right now. In addition to these migrators, our local residents, such as swallowtails, hairstreaks and skippers, are extremely active this time of year. This is the perfect time to visit the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center’s Butterfly Garden. Sit and enjoy the quiet as you are surrounded by butterflies, caterpillars and other incredible wildlife.
The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is still having events this fall, such as “Science on Saturdays” and “AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles.”
Science on Saturdays: Rivers of Alabama (Saturday 10 – 11 a.m.)
The rich human history and natural wonders that define Alabama are characterized by the more than 132,000 miles of magnificent rivers, streams and lakes throughout the state. Shaped over the ages by a remarkably diverse geology and filled with unique plants and animals, these rivers have served people from the first Paleo-Indigenous settlements to the present.
Learn more about these incredible waterways as the KPNC welcome’s retired Auburn University aquatic ecologist, Bill Deutsch. Deutsch has spent almost three decades exploring, restoring and championing Alabama waterways.
These fragile resources are vitally important, from the unique and diverse wildlife they host, to the innumerable economic and cultural benefits they offer. Learn how you can take advantage of these resources and how you can help ensure they are protected for future generations.
For tickets, go to: (https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=3745&mc_cid=6cd661baec&mc_eid=e7bab519b7). Tickets are $5 each ($4 for members); children 3 and under are free. Cancelled in the event of rain. To minimize the risk of COVID transmission, face masks are required for all attendees and temperatures will be taken upon entry. Maximum occupancy is 50 and social distancing between unrelated groups will be enforced.
AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles (Oct. 3, 10 – 11 a.m.)
AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles is a one-hour presentation about the awesome amphibians and reptiles found in our state and beyond. Children and adults will enjoy this entertaining, hands-on program with live animals.
For tickets, go to: (https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=3768&mc_cid=6cd661baec&mc_eid=e7bab519b7). Tickets are $5 each ($4 for members); children 3 and under are free. Cancelled in the event of rain. To minimize the risk of COVID transmission, face masks are required for all attendees and temperatures will be taken upon entry. Maximum occupancy is 50 and social distancing between unrelated groups will be enforced. This program is expected to sell out so purchasing online is suggested.
The following are some more programs and events hosted by the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center.
Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool
Nature Babies, Wednesdays 9 – 10 a.m., ages 0 – 2.
Tree Tots, Thursdays, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Sept. 17 – Oct. 22, ages 6 months – 3 yrs.
Forest Friends, Fridays, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Sept. 18 – Oct. 23, ages 2 – 5.
School’s Out(side) Fridays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 20, grades K – 8.
Nature Explorers, 2nd Monday, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Sep – Nov, for homeschooling families.
Fall Camps, Oct. 12, 16, & Nov. 11, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., grades 1 – 6.
Halloween Enchanted Forest, Oct. 23 & 24, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
To learn more about the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, go to (wp.auburn.edu/preserve/).