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Audubon’s Second Nature Play Day is Saturday, May 27
Audubon’s Second Nature Play Day is Saturday, May 27

Jamestown, NY – 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 to creating these experiences.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Nature Play Day Series is designed to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Build with Nature is the focus of the second in the series of three Nature Play Days on Saturday morning, May 27.

Children ages three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon at Audubon’s natural play area. While children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment, adults learn how to continue the nature play experience at home with information and a nature building kit.

Extra materials such as sand table, log pieces, and rope will be placed in the play area around the topic of building with nature. Handouts and a take home item will be available to inspire ideas to extend the play at home.

A naturalist will be available for questions and information.

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.

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 or through the Programs link in the top bar at auduboncnc.org.

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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