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Kreher Preserve & Nature Center's Annual "Ho!Ho!Ho! Hike"

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center will be hosting its annual “Ho!Ho!Ho! Hike” in early December for families to come out and enjoy a fun and educational hike through the preserve. While out hiking, everyone will look for Santa all dressed in red as well as everything else red, which includes animals!

Participants will get the chance to stop at different stations and learn about each “red” animal they see. Some of the many animals will include; a red fox, cardinal, corn snake, red-eared pond slider, Northern red salamander, Red-tailed hawk, etc.


“Our theme out at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is ‘Learning through Leisure’, in other words, we sneak in environmental education while they are out in the woods having fun,” Jennifer R. Lolley said, the Outreach Administrator at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center.


Upon finishing the HoHoHo Hike through the preserve trails, participants then will meet at the Frank Allen Turner amphitheater to enjoy a campfire and a warm cup of hot chocolate. Everyone is also encouraged to bring a canned food item or monetary donation to the East Alabama Food Bank in exchange for a holiday treat.

Due to the popularity of this event, there will be two different hiking times so that everyone has the chance to see all the animals and hear the speakers. The first hike will leave at 10:10 and the second hike will leave at 10:30. Participants will hike 1.5 miles of the six miles of preserve trails. So it’s important to wear tennis shoes or hiking boots!


Excluding any time spent with Santa, the hike will be about 40 minutes. Admission to the Ho!Ho!Ho! Hike is $3 per person. In addition, J. Rogers Photography will be at the preserve site to take pictures of Santa with kids! All of the proceeds from pictures will benefit KPNC.


“The Kreher Preserve and Nature Center relies on our programs, memberships and donations to keep the gates open. Please join as a member or donate generously. Visitation to the preserve is estimated to be over 25,000,” Lolley said.


Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street near the AU Fisheries and Highway 280. For more details about the event, visit the KPNC website at or check out their Facebook site at .

Or, you can contact Jen Lolley at 334-707-6512 or send an e-mail .

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