Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve

Kreher Preserve and Nature Center (KPNC), previously known as the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, is a 120 acres (0.49 km2) nature preserve located between Auburn and Opelika in Lee County, Alabama. Established in 1993 through a gift,[1] it is operated as a non-profit outreach program of Auburn University's School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. The nature center includes a nature playground,[2] amphitheater, wheel-chair accessible 150-seat multi-level meeting area and fire pit, and a covered educational pavilion.[3] There are interpretive signs along the 30 trails that cover 6 miles, restrooms, and drinking fountains.

Kreher Preserve and Nature Center
Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve is located in Alabama
Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve
Location2222 North College Street
Auburn, Alabama
Coordinates32°38′38″N 85°28′53″W / 32.6439°N 85.4813°W / 32.6439; -85.4813
Area120 acres (0 km2)
Managed byAuburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences

The KPNC offers environmental education and outreach programs including animal encounters and guided walks, day camps and pre-school programs.

The KPNC was established by Dr. Louise Kreher Turner (1914-2012) and her husband Frank Allen Turner, who donated and endowed the property to Auburn University for conservation and educational purposes.[4]


  1. ^ "The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center" (PDF). Forestry Magazine. Summer 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve to celebrate opening of spider web play structure and picnic area". OANow.com. Apr 13, 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Features". Louise Kreher Forest Ecology. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Dr. Louise Kreher Turner". Legacy.com. Retrieved 22 June 2021.