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Nature Center Announces Snowflake Festival Schedule
Nature Center Announces Snowflake Festival Schedule

Jamestown, NY – It would be hard to find a better way to spend a winter day than at the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Snowflake Festival.

The 2015 date for this family-friendly event is Saturday, February 7.

Appealing to all ages, the festival runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with live animals, fun foods, exhibits and vendors throughout. Horse drawn sleigh rides – or wagon, depending on the weather – will be available all afternoon.

Times for special activities are:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world (repeats at noon and 2 p.m.).
  • 11 a.m.: Wild Spirit Education Program – Daytime Sky Hunters. See live birds of prey up close and learn all about their unique ways of surviving as a daytime hunter.
  • Noon – 4 p.m.: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
  • Noon: Hike with a Naturalist
  • Noon: Wild Spirit Education – Meet and greet the live owls and other birds of prey and their handlers up close. Ask questions and get great photos.
  • Noon: Kicksled Demonstrations outdoors by Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue (repeats at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.)
  • 1 p.m.: Wild Spirit Education Program – Owls. Learn all about owls and the awesome ways they get around at night.
  • 1 p.m.: Kicksled Demonstrations
  • 2 p.m.: Hike with a Naturalist
  • 2 p.m.: Kicksled Demonstrations
  • 3 p.m.: Kicksled Demonstrations

Equipment will be provided to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing if there is snow. Other outdoor opportunities include cooking demonstrations with lots of samples, alpacas in a petting pen, and behind-the-scenes tours of Audubon’s resident bald eagle.

Indoors will be more live animals including reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. You can build nest boxes or suet feeders, make children’s crafts, engage in gardening activities, and see demonstrations of a spinning wheel and wood carving.

You will find environmentally responsible exhibitors, displays, and vendors with hand-made items like soap, pottery, doggie biscuits, jewelry, and winter wear.

Kettle corn and cotton candy are among the food treats, along with hot cocoa, coffee, snacks, and hot dogs. And don’t forget the raffle, door prizes, Chinese auction, and great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn a Winter Fun patch by completing certain activities at the Festival. For more information and to sign up their groups, Scout Leaders can call Audubon at (716) 569-2345 or go online to www.snowflakefestival.wordpress.com/scouts.

Snowflake Festival sponsors include United Refining, Orkin Pest Control, 3 C’s Catering, Herbs R 4 U, James M. Smith CLU/ChFU, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Shults Auto Group, Whitmire Outdoor Living & Block Co., Courier Capital Corp., Huber Blacktop, Klinginsmith Plumbing & Heating, Bob Evans of Jamestown, Dun Roving Farm, Franklin’s Honey and Apples, Kniti Gritti Works, Queen Anne Soaps, WNAE WRRN WKNB Radio Partners LLC, and Warren County Master Gardeners.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $6; children 3-15 are $2, and those two and under are free. Parking is free. Extra fees apply for some activities.

The Audubon Nature Center is conveniently located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.

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