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You Are Invited to Audubon’s Family Volunteer Day, Saturday Morning, December 2

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Family Volunteer Day, Saturday Morning, December 2

Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center has an opportunity for you and the children in your life to give back to the community during the holiday season.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, children ages 2-15 and their favorite adult(s) are invited to Family Volunteer Day.

Volunteers can choose from a variety of different jobs around Audubon. Each task supports the animals or visitors to Audubon throughout the year. 

Projects may include creating milkweed seed packets, assembling nest box kits, decorating Wild 5K give-away bags, and more. Most jobs will be inside but there may be some outside if the weather permits.   

Snacks are provided. 

While walk-ins are welcome, reservations ahead will help with planning. Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or register on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Learn About Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon’s December 1 First Friday

Learn About Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon’s December 1 First Friday

Jamestown, N.Y. – You can enjoy an informative and entertaining talk about Pennsylvania Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 1, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Presenter Rick Rupprecht spent his career as a math teacher at Jamestown Community College, but he has spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors in many ways.

Rupprecht has been curious about timber rattlesnakes since his early 20s when he had a personal experience with one. This past July he accompanied his brother and nephew on a Pennsylvania Rattlesnake Hunt when most of the pictures and all of the videos for his presentation were taken.

The well-researched talk will cover many aspects of the rattlesnake including reproduction, denning habits, the difference between venomous and poisonous, how to determine the sex of a snake, and more.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

Visit Audubon’s Giving Tree and Choose Your Gift to Give

Visit Audubon’s Giving Tree and Choose Your Gift to Give

Jamestown, N.Y. – The next time you visit Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) you will be greeted by a beautifully welcoming Giving Tree in the lobby.

The Giving Tree provides you the opportunity to give a gift to Audubon.

Whether it is the Day Camp program, the animals in the Discovery Room, the wildlife outdoors, or the staff and volunteers who run it all, a little bit goes a long way. You can take a tag from the tree to select a gift you can give.

A list of gift possibilities will also be at Giving Tree on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org

You are welcome to drop off wrapped gifts anytime, but if you do so prior to Wednesday, December 27, children will open the gifts that day at Christmas with the Critters.

Your Giving Tree gift also gives you an admission to the 10-11:30 a.m. Christmas with the Critters program. Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours if you would like more details

Support Audubon’s Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

Support Audubon’s Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you are one of those folks who looks for a worthy cause to support during the holidays, Audubon Community Nature Center knows how you can help kids in a big way.

A growing body of research finds that free, unstructured play benefits kids socially, physically, emotionally and academically.

With a contribution to the Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, November 28, you will join with Audubon to invest in kids and their wellbeing. You will be supporting Little Explorers, Nature Play Days, and the Nature Play Area at the Nature Center

Donations on this international day of giving will go directly to enriching children’s activities. A total of $2,400 will provide affordable programming for a year. More will help sprinkle the Nature Play Area with materials that spark curiosity and imagination.

Each donor will receive a voucher good for one child admission to Little Explorers or a Nature Play Day.

You Are Invited to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, November 19

You Are Invited to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, November 19

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center invites you and the young one(s) in your life to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

On Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2017, you can come and play outside with a naturalist and enjoy a Nature Play Day.

Children aged two to eight and their favorite grownups can drop in Audubon’s Nature Play Area anytime from 1 to 4 p.m.  

Extra materials will be placed in the play area such as mud kitchen equipment, hammocks, weaving material or natural building materials. A naturalist will be present to answer questions and provide information.

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds, Saturday, November 18

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds, Saturday, November 18

Jamestown, N.Y. – You are invited to bring your family for a potluck dinner, presentation, and fun outdoor activities at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Thanksgiving with the Birds on Saturday, November 18.

Dating to 1965, this annual event is Audubon’s oldest continuing tradition.

At 11:30 a.m. you can gather to mix broth-based soup contributions into a big pot over an outdoor fire. The flavor of the resulting appetizer is interesting and unpredictable, and usually delicious.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins about 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, November 9

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, November 9

Jamestown, N.Y. – “Fire and/or smoke” and “fill the frame shots” are the topics for the image review that opens the Audubon Nature Photography Club’s regular meeting on Thursday evening, November 9, at 6:15 p.m.

You are invited to come and see how participants interpret and portray each subject. 

There will also be a show-and-tell time when members can share some of their best pictures.

The featured speaker will be announced at the meeting.

A social time follows the program.

First-time visitors are welcome to participate free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.