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Winter Lights at Audubon Has Exciting First Weekend

Winter Lights at Audubon Has Exciting First Weekend

Jamestown, NY – The debut weekend for the second annual Winter Lights at Audubon had visitors “oohing” and “aahing” at the spectacular interactive outdoor LED light display at the Nature Center.

Two weekends remain when you can explore and participate with a trail of interactive lights.    

You can play a drum to change the play of lights by the fire, play search-and-find with a flashlight that makes animals light up and make noise, and roll the earth through the seasons. This year, the number of lasers in the show has doubled, creating amazing effects on the building and at the overlook at the end of the trail. 

Not only have opportunities been added outdoors to this year’s one-of-a-kind lights show, there are interactive light experiences indoors as well.

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. 

Special Holiday Hours at Nature Center

Special Holiday Hours at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – You’ll want to put the Audubon Nature Center on your list of special places to visit during the holidays.

Extended holiday hours make it a wonderful destination for a family outing any day.

Normal winter hours for the Audubon Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

During the holidays they will also be open:

  • Friday, December 26, 2014, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, December 30 and 31, 2014, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 2, 2014, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

Audubon Snowflake Festival Welcomes Sponsors, Vendors, Scouts and Volunteers

Audubon Snowflake Festival Welcomes Sponsors, Vendors, Scouts and Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is welcoming sponsors, vendors and volunteers to participate in its 2015 Snowflake Festival, planned for Saturday, February 7.

Audubon’s longest running festival is always a crowd pleaser. Outdoor opportunities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, naturalist-guided hikes, horse drawn wagon rides, and husky sled dog demonstrations. Inside there are programs on birds of prey, crafts, a scavenger hunt, vendors and snacks.

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate as vendors and/or to give demonstrations at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. Vendors are all mission related and help Audubon promote its message.  Before submitting an application, please contact the festival coordinator, Sarah Hatfield, at (716) 569-2345 or shatfield@jamestownaudubon.org.

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy was recently awarded $50,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston, N.Y. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.7 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. Additional donations from the community are needed soon if the Stella Niagara Preserve is to become a reality.

“Winter Lights at Audubon” Returns to Nature Center

“Winter Lights at Audubon” Returns to Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – After a stunning debut last year, “Winter Lights at Audubon” is returning to the Audubon Nature Center.

The spectacular interactive outdoor light display was so popular that it is being presented on three weekends this December, for a total of eight nights.

You can celebrate the longest, darkest nights of the year by venturing out into the lights, where you will be able to control some of the 10,000 LED lights on a luminary-lit trail.

Through drums, movement, lights and more, visitors make lights dance and swirl and even trigger noises and other reactions, like making an owl hoot. The trail ends with an LED laser show that turns the landscape into a fairyland.

A warm fire at the halfway point, along with hot chocolate and snacks inside, makes for a great evening out.

Learn the Magic Behind Winter Lights at Audubon

Learn the Magic Behind Winter Lights at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights amazed Audubon visitors last year with an outdoor trail of interactive LED lights. The lights were controlled by flashlights, drums, dials and even by pushing the earth around the sun.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 5, Volt Vision’s Steve French will show how he engineered some of the effects at Winter Lights. Volt Vision is locally owned and operated in Warren, Pennsylvania.

You can learn how Volt Vision created animals that light up and make noise when they are activated by a flashlight. You can discover how low energy LED lights can be used in some amazing and creative ways.

French will also be using some of the new LED art pieces being installed in Audubon’s auditorium to demonstrate LED technology.