Kreher Preserve and Nature Center introduces new art, gardening workshop series

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Auburn University’s Kreher Preserve and Nature Center is introducing two new workshop series to its annual program lineup: a nature art workshop series and a gardening workshop series.

“We are so excited to offer these new opportunities to the community,” said Michael Buckman, center manager. “In response to requests we have received over the years, we have been working hard to develop new workshops that offer great education to all ages.

“We have had a lot of interest in art classes and gardening classes, so when we found two amazing teachers for these topics, we jumped on the opportunity to extend that knowledge to our community with monthly workshops.”

The gardening workshop, “In The Garden With Cyndi” taught by Cyndi Czerkawski, is for adults and meets each month on a Sunday afternoon. The first class is from 2-4 p.m. April 11, focusing on getting a garden prepped and ready for the spring growing season; the class includes seeds for attendees to take home. The cost is $20 per person per class or $150 for a 2021 annual pass to attend all the workshops for this year.

“I believe gardening should be about the enjoyment of your gardens,” Czerkawski said. “You’ll get interesting lessons with tons of tips and tricks that make gardening fun and easy. Gardening is a passion for me, and my goal is for you to love gardening just as much.”

The second workshop series is the “Nature Art Series” taught by Heather Jackson for all ages. The class meets every month on a Saturday, with April’s class from 2-4 p.m. April 17; it costs $20 per person, which includes all supplies and materials.

“There is a wide variety of wildlife and plants to see, sketch and learn about,” Jackson said. “I have often envisioned bringing community together through creating art in nature, thus the idea for this ‘Nature Art Series’ was born. I believe everyone is a creative being, and creativity is a wonderful and powerful way to express one’s self. You will learn some fascinating techniques and have fun creating your personal artwork.”

Dates, times and topics for upcoming workshops can be found on the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center’s website. The center is located at 2222 North College Street in Auburn.

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