Kreher Preserve and Nature Center plans to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic

Published: March 23, 2020
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Auburn University’s Kreher Preserve and Nature Center plans to remain open to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, visitors should check the website or Facebook page prior to visiting in case conditions change.

“The Nature Center is an unconfined, outdoor environment, naturally less conducive to the virus,” said Michael Buckman, center manager. “An abundance of space makes social distancing inherent to all activities and hinders the spread of the virus. And, all surfaces are exposed to environmental conditions, diminishing the survival of the virus outside the body.”

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is open every day, dawn to dusk. Dogs and bikes are not allowed on property. All visitors are asked to please respect your fellow visitors by practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet, use hand sanitizer, wash your hands well and often and do not touch your face. Gatherings of more than a few individuals will not be permitted.

All center programming has been delayed or canceled. Individual participants have been notified and will be updated if/when there are any changes. Visitors may follow the center’s Facebook page and watch the online calendar for updates.

In order to provide additional, self-guided activities for individuals and families who are away from their work and school, the center is offering a new, self-guided scavenger hunt activity. The scavenger hunt will be updated weekly and is designed for all ages.

“The scavenger hunt will take visitors on a journey through the KPNC, exploring all of the interesting and beautiful secrets the forest has to offer,” said Buckman. “This time of year, there are all kinds of spring flowers to be found, relaxing water features and new growth that will invigorate and refresh. A scavenger hunt at the KPNC is a great way to get some fresh air, some exercise and a much-needed, new and positive perspective.”

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College St., Auburn. More information about the center is available on the Nature Center’s website.

The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is a nonprofit, outreach facility of Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, providing education, recreation and leisure resources for local communities and the region. With nearly 120-acres of preserved forest and waterways, the nature center features over 6 miles of shaded hiking and running trails, in addition to a year-round calendar of nature-focused events, workshops and educational opportunities for all ages. Kreher is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. Visit www.auburn.edu/preserve to learn more.