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Audubon’s July 29 Wild 5K Run/Walk Part of Runner of the Year Series

Audubon’s July 29 Wild 5K Run/Walk Part of Runner of the Year Series

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your age, whether you like to run or if walking is more your speed, there’s a spot for you at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 29.

Race day schedule is

  • 8-8:45 a.m.:  Same-day registration
  • 9 a.m.: Race begins
  • 10:30 a.m.: Award ceremony begins for those who have completed the race

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and runner finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each for runners and top finisher in each for walkers. Age groups are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Don’t Miss Early Bird Registration for Audubon’s Wild 5K Run/Walk

Don’t Miss Early Bird Registration for Audubon’s Wild 5K Run/Walk

Jamestown, NY – For runners and walkers of any age and experience, Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) Wild 5K Run/Walk is an opportunity not to be missed.

You can enjoy the natural beauty of the Audubon’s woods, fields, and ponds while helping to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of these unique habitats. Then stay after your run/walk to visit with Liberty, the Bald Eagle, and tour the exhibits throughout the Nature Center. 

While the race is held on Saturday, July 29, the other important date to remember is Monday, July 17, the deadline for Early Bird Registration.

Early Birders receive a 20% discount on their registration fee and a free event t-shirt as well.

This year’s Wild 5K is part of 2017 Chautauqua Striders/UPMC Chautauqua WCA Runner of the Year Series for which participating runners will receive points.

Heather Zimba Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

Heather Zimba Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center awarded its 2017 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship to Heather Zimba of Jamestown, New York.

Every spring since 2003 Audubon’s Education Staff has raised scholarship funds through their Fledgling Birdathon. Participants look for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period, and generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total. The end result is a $500 scholarship. 

This scholarship is named in memory of one of its very first recipients. Ryan Exline was an integral part of the Audubon family for many years, where he assisted with gardening, eagle care, live animal care, and educational programs. A resident of Russell, Pennsylvania, he was pursuing a master’s degree at Duke University when he died in a car accident. His love of nature and of nurturing future generations of “nature nerds” lives on through this scholarship.

Deadline Nearing for Jamestown (NY) Audubon Photo Contest

Deadline Nearing for Jamestown (NY) Audubon Photo Contest

Jamestown, NY – You still have this month to enter your best photos in the 2017 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

Since a beautiful nature photograph inspires appreciation for the natural world, the Photo Contest helps fulfill Audubon’s mission of connecting people with nature,

Whether you choose favorites from your collection or decide to shoot new ones, Friday, June 30, is the deadline to submit your images. With a simple online submission process, you are encouraged to enter your work whatever your level of experience.

Prizes for the contest are awarded in two divisions with four categories each, for a total of eight winners.

The Youth Division is for ages 8 to18 or still in high school. Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is awarding grants to artistic projects of five Chautauqua County non-profit organizations and two local artists.

“It’s hard to imagine Chautauqua County without all of the wonderful cultural opportunities and talented artists that reside here,” UAA President Shane Hawkins said, in announcing the recipients of the 2017 Projects Pool Grants Program. “The United Arts Appeal is happy to be able to support local artists and arts programming through our Projects Pool grants.”

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Jamestown, NY – With spring come new growth to wildflowers, plants, and trees, new critters in ponds, fields, woods, and forest, and beautiful landscapes to charm the eye.

What better time to set your eye to your camera and enter Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images and compete for prizes.

Winners over the years have come from as far away as Beijing, China, and as near-by as just down the road from Audubon’s 600-acre wetland preserve with its more than five miles of trails, native tree arboretum, natural play space, educational gardens, and Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor enclosure. 

Audubon Has Patch Opportunities for Scouts and Others

Audubon Has Patch Opportunities for Scouts and Others

Jamestown, NY – Jennifer Schlick, Program Director at Audubon Community Nature Center recently sent information about earning Fun Patches to area Scout Councils and leaders.

“But really,” Schlick explained, “we’re happy to have any interested child earn a patch at one of four special events over the next few months.”

To earn these brightly colored patches, a child just needs to pick up and complete a list of requirements any time during the hours the event is held. He or she can then purchase a patch for $3 (in addition to the regular admission), on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events where patches can be earned are: