Thursday, March 11, 2010

Forest Ecology Preserve

Here's the latest news from the Forest Ecology Preserve.  The Preserve is on College Street past the fisheries if you are headed toward 280.  It is a wonderful place to go and enjoy nature.  Open 7 days a week from sunup to sunset, it is free to go and hike anytime it's open.  Below are some specific events, some of which have fees, but they are usually pretty cheap.

Spring is starting to look like it may finally come out at the preserve. It felt like a very cold and wet winter! Daffodils cover the old homestead site and butterfly garden. Really pretty!
 We will hold our Spring Discovery Hike on Tuesday at 3:30 and the Nature Walk on Thursday at 8:30 during Spring Break! These will continue until the month of June, when they will be canceled during summer ecology camps. They will resume in July but be held at a cooler morning time.
We have a lot of great programs coming up, mark your calenders!
We are now taking registrations for Forest Friends.

Forest Friends at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve
A unique educational experience for preschool children and their parents which incorporates hands-on activities with nature and environmental awareness.
Classes will meet either on Tuesday or Friday (pick one)
for a six-week period beginning on Tuesday, March 30th or Friday, April 2nd
Each week the children will learn about a different topic.  Topics this Spring are:
                           Beautiful Birds
                        Incredible Insects
                         Native Americans
                        Animal Babies
                     Fish and Frog Fun
Cost: $45 for non-members / $40 for FEP members, discount given for more than one child if members
(FEP membership is a bargain at $35/year/family- please join!- your support is vital)
Register at or by phone at  for more information and to download a form
Questions? Contact Sarah Crim at or Jennifer Lolley

Summer Ecology camp registration starts April 5th for members and April 12th for non-members. This years theme is the Web of Life! More information can be found on our website at  .

The SWaMP party scheduled for March 27th is canceled and will be rescheduled possibly in July.

Goods from the Woods-  Saturday, April 10th at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of all the wonderful items we enjoy from the forest. Enjoy a mule logging and sawmill demonstration. Paper making, mushroom exhibit, craftsmen and many other exhibits! $2 for members and $3 for non-members

Spring Astronomy Night   Saturday, April 17th 7:00- 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a night under the stars at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest on Moore’s Mill Road as the Preserve staff teams up with the Auburn Astronomical Society. Enjoy a short program on astronomy, wonderful telescopes, laser constellation program and some out of this world snacks. Members $2, non-members $3. Not recommended for children under 5. Canceled if raining.

Watch for these programs:
 Forest Fest, Songs in the Woods on May 1st
Honeybees on May 8th
Geocaching 101 on June 5th
Wild about Birds! will be held on June 19th

Have a wonderful Spring break!  Jen Lolley

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