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Audubon Nature Art Play Day Saturday, April 29
Audubon Nature Art Play Day Saturday, April 29

Jamestown, NY – Nature Art is the focus of the first in a series of three Audubon Community Nature Center Nature Play Days designed to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children aged three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, at Audubon’s natural play area. Extra materials around the topic of nature art -- such as string for weaving, rocks, pinecones and leaves to create patterns and more -- will be placed in the play area.

A naturalist will be available for questions and information.

Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials, and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences.

At this Audubon event, children can explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while adults learn how to continue the nature play experience at home. Information and a nature art kit including handouts and a take home item will be available to inspire ideas to extend the play at home.

Children can play as long as they like; parents are required to stay with them.

You can bring a lunch and have a picnic when you are done or come early to attend bird banding demonstrations, which are open to the public the same morning starting at 7 a.m.

Children need to be prepared to play outside, wearing clothes and shoes that can get dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

Fee is $6 per child, age 3-8; no charge for adults. Reservations are appreciated by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or clicking through Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit at www.auduboncnc.org.

This program is one of several Audubon programs offered in collaboration with the Green Up Jamestown Initiative. For more information, visit greenupjamestown.com.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, the Audubon Community Nature Center has more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building, open daily, houses the Blue Heron Gift Shop and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Interactive displays focus visitors’ attention on ways to celebrate nature hands-on. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle, in her outdoor habitat. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.


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