AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A fire circle has been installed at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn to enhance visitor experience during outdoor programs in the colder months. A ribbon cutting for the new amenity will be held at the preserve at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.
Representatives from Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the City of Auburn and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce will join staff for the ribbon cutting and inaugural lighting.
Located near the amphitheater, the fire circle includes a seating area comprised of large-scale boulders surrounding the professionally designed and constructed stone-built fire ring. The fire circle was completed with the help of in-kind donations from several local businesses and individuals, including Creative Habitats, The Backyard, M&M Trucking and Charles Cary Pick.
“Creative Habitats is always excited to have an opportunity to support what we are passionate about – education and the preservation of nature. We are thankful for the opportunity to help the preserve,” said Corey O’Steen, owner of Creative Habitats, which provided coordination and design services for the fire circle.
Sharon Tatum, development coordinator at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, coordinated the in-kind donations. “We are so grateful these local businesses were able to work together to improve this wonderful resource for the enjoyment of our community.”
The fire circle will be a central part of the upcoming “S’more Fun with Mom” on May 9, which is co-sponsored with the City of Auburn and is Auburn’s first mother/son special event. Registration for the event will open March 31.
The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. The 120-acre property features five miles of hiking trails, amphitheater, pavilion and nature playground. The preserve offers ample parking, restrooms and drinking fountains and is open to the public daily at no charge from sunrise to sunset.
In addition to charitable monetary contributions, the Auburn University Foundation receives gifts-in-kind such as these on the university’s behalf. For more information about making donations of this nature to benefit Auburn University or one of its specific programs, contact Auburn’s Office Development at (334) 844-7375, or visit www.develop.auburn.edu/how to learn more about the various ways of supporting Auburn University with a charitable, tax-deductible donation.
For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to www.auburn.edu/preserve.
(Written by Jessica Nelson.)