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Audubon Nature Play Day – Mud Mania is Saturday, June 17
Audubon Nature Play Day – Mud Mania is Saturday, June 17

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that outdoor play for children: (1) supports creativity and problem-solving, (2) enhances cognitive abilities, (3) improves academic performance, (4) reduces attention deficit disorder, (5) reduces stress – and that’s not the full list.

“Mud Mania” is the subject of Audubon Community Nature Center’s final in a series of three Nature Play Days planned to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children ages three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17, at Audubon’s Nature Play Area. Extra materials such as mud pie kitchen equipment, natural brushes, and water will be placed in the play area around the topic of playing with mud.

While children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment, adults learn how to extend the play at home with handouts and a take-home item.

A naturalist will be available for questions and information.

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.

A hose will be available to clean up after you are done playing.

Children can play as long as they like as long as parents stay with them. You can bring a lunch and have a picnic when you are done.

Fee is $6 per child, age 3-8; no charge for adults. Pay at the door or online by 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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