Forest Ecology Preserve to launch membership drive on Earth Day April 22

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, will kick off its membership drive on Earth Day, Monday, April 22.

“This is an exciting time to become a member of the Forest Ecology Preserve, said preserve administrator Jennifer Lolley. “We have just revamped the member program in 2012 to provide greater value for members with new benefits such as free passes to educational programs, members’ only events, and reciprocal admission to other nature centers. Preserve membership is a win-win for our members as well as our operations, as those funds support educational programs as well as maintenance and improvements at the preserve.”

The membership drive will conclude Saturday, June 8, with the program “Wolves!” In addition to annual membership benefits, new members who join at the $35 magnolia level during the membership drive will receive free family admission for up to two adults and three children to the “Wolves!” program Admission to this program is $3 for current members and $4 for non-members.

The preserve has become an important resource in the area for the study and enjoyment of nature and is dependent on grants and private donations for its operations. Recognizing the value of the preserve and the need for community-wide support, the membership drive will reach out to residents of Lee County and surrounding areas in an effort to increase membership by 30 percent.

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and has five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge.

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(Submitted by Jessica Nelson.)

Contact: Contacts: Jennifer Lolley, Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, (334) 844-8091, (,
Jessica Nelson, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, (334) 844-9248, (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing (334) 844-9999 (