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Nature Center Receives NCCF Grant for North County Outreach

Nature Center Receives NCCF Grant for North County Outreach

Jamestown, NY – Thanks to funding through a Community Benefit Grant by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, residents in their area will have a number of occasions to learn about the offerings of the Audubon Nature Center.

Monthly from April through September programs like those at the Nature Center just south of Jamestown will be presented at no charge in Northern Chautauqua County.

While all the programs in this outreach series will be free of charge and open to the public, reservations will be required for some that have limited enrollment.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Nature Center,” said Program Director Jennifer Schlick. “We have put together a sampling from the variety of our program offerings that we hope will entice our northern neighbors to come visit us in the future. We are most grateful to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation for their confidence and support.”

The programs that will be presented are:

Make a Nature-Themed Metal Art Piece at the Nature Center

Make a Nature-Themed Metal Art Piece at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Creating a distinctive piece of art with one’s own hands can be very gratifying – but it’s not something most of us get to do very often.

On Saturday afternoon, February 27, the Audubon Nature Center is offering you the opportunity to create a beautiful nature-themed wall hanging on aluminum or copper. This “Tooling & Texturing on Metal” workshop will run from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Art teacher Sue Yauchzy will provide all the materials and tools you need to create a lovely art piece that you will have a hard time deciding whether to keep for yourself or give as a gift.

Yauchzy is retired from the Frewsburg Central Schools. She volunteers extensively at the Nature Center and is happy to share her artistic skills, tips, and tricks with you.

Nature Center Offering Two Snow Camp Days This Winter

Nature Center Offering Two Snow Camp Days This Winter

Jamestown, NY – To accommodate the different school schedules in Warren and Chautauqua Counties, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting two days of Snow Camp this winter. 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, February 15, and Friday, February 26, kids from ages four to 18 can experience the fun of summer Day Camp with a winter twist.

Time will be spent outside, and there will also be inside camp games and songs.

Teenagers might get the chance to try cross country skis or maybe snowshoes (if there is snow), play some outdoor games, perhaps geocache, and get a roaring fire going in the backyard.

Campers are asked to dress for the weather and pack a complete change of clothes, winter gear, a snack, and a lunch.

Nature Center Needs Snowflake Festival Volunteers

Nature Center Needs Snowflake Festival Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – “We’re not panicking,” said Katie Finch, naturalist and volunteer coordinator at the Audubon Nature Center, “but we really do need more volunteers for this year’s Snowflake Festival.”

Of the upcoming annual winter extravaganza on Saturday, February 6, Finch said, “We have so many activities, both indoors and outside, and we need a whole team of volunteers to give our visitors a terrific experience.”

Volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, are an integral part of this largest and longest running of the Nature Center’s festivals. They are needed to do everything from selling snacks and operating the elevator to assisting with bluebird house building, snowshoeing and skiing, and vendors and exhibitors. 

Enjoy “My Love of Nature” Photo Essay at Nature Center

 Enjoy “My Love of Nature” Photo Essay at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Living life with purpose and drive. That is the experience of Bill Potter, a retired biology teacher from Port Allegany, Pennsylvania.

Potter spends many enjoyable hours looking through the camera lens at birds and other creatures, filling his eyes and his mind with the beauty of nature, capturing what he can with photography.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on February 5, 2016, Potter will share his wonders through a stunning presentation he is calling “My Love of Nature: A Photo Essay.”

From 11 a.m. to noon you can experience some of what he has beheld, from coyotes and rarely seen birds like the Bittern and Golden-crowned Kinglet, to gorgeous scenery through the seasons.

Enjoy “My Love of Nature” Photo Essay at Nature Center

 Enjoy “My Love of Nature” Photo Essay at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Living life with purpose and drive. That is the experience of Bill Potter, a retired biology teacher from Port Allegany, Pennsylvania.

Potter spends many enjoyable hours looking through the camera lens at birds and other creatures, filling his eyes and his mind with the beauty of nature, capturing what he can with photography.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on February 5, 2016, Potter will share his wonders through a stunning presentation he is calling “My Love of Nature: A Photo Essay.”

From 11 a.m. to noon you can experience some of what he has beheld, from coyotes and rarely seen birds like the Bittern and Golden-crowned Kinglet, to gorgeous scenery through the seasons.

So Much to Do at the Nature Center’s 2016 Snowflake Festival!

So Much to Do at the Nature Center’s 2016 Snowflake Festival!

Jamestown, NY – The hardest thing you’ll have to do at the Audubon Nature Center’s Snowflake Festival will be deciding what to do first.

You can try snowshoes, tapping a maple tree, or making butter. Learn how to make soap, spin yarn, or forage for wild edibles. Enjoy good food, good company, and live animals.

All these and much more await you at this winter celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Along with the printed program you’ll receive on arrival, it will help with your planning to know that you can take a guided walk with a naturalist at 10:30 in the morning or 12:30 in the afternoon.