Kreher Preserve and Nature Center hosting Alabama Coastal Foundation outreach dinner Oct. 22

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The Alabama Coastal Foundation, or ACF, will hold its third annual "Connect to Your Coast" event Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn University Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, 2222 N. College St. in Auburn. Auburn-area residents can enjoy a meal while learning about efforts to protect Alabama's coastal environment.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Alabama Coastal Foundation's website at or at the Kreher Preserve the night of the event. Ticket purchase includes a meal from Moe's Original BBQ. All proceeds from the event will be split between ACF and the Kreher Preserve. Attendees are invited to arrive any time before 7:30 p.m.

"We are delighted to have ACF hold their outreach event at the Kreher Preserve, which is a fitting place to learn about our state's diverse environment," said Jamie Anderson, the Nature Center's communications and marketing director.

"Alabama plays a vital role in the Gulf of Mexico which produces 40 percent of all seafood in the contiguous 48 states and supports a $20 billion tourist industry," said ACF Executive Director Mark Berte. "In addition, we are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and an estuary system rich in biodiversity. I hope that people will attend this gathering to learn what they can do to protect our coastal environment."

The Alabama Coastal Foundation's mission is to improve and protect Alabama's coastal environment through cooperation, education and participation. Founded in 1993, the ACF brings together diverse interests to facilitate responsible environmental decision-making. The organization pursues practical solutions to conservation challenges in a non-adversarial manner and is dedicated to partner with businesses, local government and other nonprofits to achieve common ground solutions to our environmental problems.

The ACF uses an education-based approach to conservation: To find the solution, you must understand the problem. The ACF's education programs include Gulf Coast Bay Buddy (first through third grades), the Coastal Kid's Quiz (which is designed for fifth graders), Mobile Bay Estuary Corps (a middle school program for students who are interested in environmental science as a career path), and CASL: the Coastal Alabama Service Learning program for high school students. To learn more about our programs, become a member, or volunteer your time, visit the website:

In an attempt to broaden outreach efforts, the ACF is using social networks to let people know about the event. People who use that technology are invited to engage in that work through the following mediums:

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.