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WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“The Land Conservancy’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Nancy Smith, executive director. “Many people have helped shape the organization over the past decades. Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through this rigorous accreditation program.”

Go on a “Kenya-Tanzania Safari” at Nature Center’s First Friday

Go on a “Kenya-Tanzania Safari” at Nature Center’s First Friday

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to meet the fascinating native people of Eastern Africa, enjoy the stupendous landscapes of this part of our world, and embark on a safari (photos only!) in search of astounding wildlife.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on September 4, 2015, Kathy and Bob Barber will take you on a virtual safari to Kenya and Tanzania.

The photographic adventure begins at 11 a.m., when you will visit a primitive Maasai Village in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, explore Ngorongoro Crater where all of Africa’s “big five” (elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion, and leopard) reside together, be surrounded by a huge herd of elephants, and see thousands of wildebeest migrate across the Serengeti.

Nature Center Offering Adult Day Camp, September 9-11

Nature Center Offering Adult Day Camp, September 9-11

Jamestown, NY – All summer long the Audubon Nature Center has been swarming with children excited to play, hike, have fun, get dirty and learn a lot.

The staff at the Nature Center got to wondering: Why should kids get to have all the fun?

So when the kids go back to school, the Nature Center is offering this same opportunity to adults – though getting dirty is not required!

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, September 9-11, will be the first-ever Adult Day Camp, an all morning nature experience with a full staff of naturalists.

The Adult Day Camp will be an intensive nature learning experience combined with fun and games. Each of the Nature Center’s naturalists will take a chunk of time to teach a topic they are passionate about, from salamanders to birds to insects and more.

So Much to See and Do at the Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival

So Much to See and Do at the Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – How would you like to have a day when you could watch beautiful butterflies in a room full of wildflowers, get your picture taken as a giant butterfly or caterpillar, entertain the kids with great crafts, enjoy yummy taste treats, and more?

If this sounds like a good time, then you will want to be at the Audubon Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 29.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Nature Center will celebrate this beautiful creature that is experiencing serious population decline.

Visitors can see Monarchs in their egg, chrysalis and caterpillar stages, watch experts tag the butterflies with stickers, and ask questions about raising them, growing milkweed (the only food of monarch caterpillars), planting a butterfly garden, and establishing a monarch way station to help these distinctive travelers.

Nature Center Presenting Second “Monarchs & Margaritas”

Nature Center Presenting Second “Monarchs & Margaritas”

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center’s “Monarchs & Margaritas” was such a hit last year that it’s back for a repeat appearance.

From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 28, you are invited to support the Monarch butterflies as they prepare for their migration to Mexico. Each admission includes two margaritas, appetizers, a crowd-free/child-free experience with the live butterflies, and a chance to win some great prizes.

Audubon will be a flurry of activity preparing for the next day’s Monarch Butterfly Festival as the staff creates in indoor butterfly garden full of beautiful flowers and Monarch butterflies. The Nature Center is once again opening up for an exclusive sneak peek Friday night.

Miley’s is providing the drinks and catering Mexican-themed appetizers with vegetarian options. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Learn to Make Fairy Creatures at the Nature Center

Learn to Make Fairy Creatures at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Nature can provide the materials for whimsical creatures and creations to commemorate a family trip, a special event, or just a favorite place.

You can learn to use materials found at the Audubon Nature Center for “Making Fairy Creatures” on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A favorite activity of Nature Center summer campers is making “peep” houses for imaginary creatures that live in the forest. This workshop takes that idea further, using pine cones, leaves, sticks, and seeds to create miniature forest creatures – some real and some fantastical.

At the Audubon Nature Center: From Road Sign to Art

At the Audubon Nature Center: From Road Sign to Art

Jamestown, NY – Have you ever wondered what happens to old road signs? 

Most of them disappear and sit in old garages and warehouses, collecting dust. On Thursday evening, August 13, at the Audubon Nature Center you can learn what happened to a large collection of old road signs in Meadville, Pennsylvania – and what that means for the Nature Center. 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. artist and Allegheny College professor Amara Geffen will present a lecture and workshop on “Community-based Art: from Sign Art to Public Art.”