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You Could Be a Trail Guide at the Audubon Nature Center

You Could Be a Trail Guide at the Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – If you have a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children, the Audubon Nature Center needs you.

With more than 3,000 schoolchildren visiting every spring, the Nature Center is looking for volunteers with a love of nature to lead Discovery Walks with groups of students.

“Our trail guides generously share their time and themselves for the important work of connecting children to nature,” said Nature Center Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. “These volunteers are critically important, and their impact lasts a LONG time!”

Discovery Walks consist of a series of activities that engage the students in learning. On four Thursday mornings in April, the Nature Center’s education staff will teach you tips and tricks to keep them on task, show you fun things outside that you can share with them, and explain more about how they are organized.

Audubon Nature Center Resumes Longer Hours

Audubon Nature Center Resumes Longer Hours

Jamestown, NY – Our clocks have sprung forward, spring is in the air, and the Audubon Nature Center is celebrating with longer hours.

Beginning March 1, the Nature Center returned to its regular hours of 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Nature Center has more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails. Its 600-acre wetland preserve includes a native tree arboretum and several educational gardens.

New Category in Audubon Nature Center Photo Contest

New Category in Audubon Nature Center Photo Contest

Jamestown, NY – Now in its sixth year, the Audubon Nature Center’s 2016 Nature Photography Contest is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration by the June 30 deadline.

“Part of our mission is to connect people with nature,” said Nature Center program director and contest coordinator Jennifer Schlick. “The photo contest helps us fulfill that mission in two ways: The photographer connects with nature while making images, and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature by seeing the images.”

The contest gives photographers an outlet to share their work and have it judged, while also raising funds to support the many education programs of the Nature Center.

“We’re excited to be adding a new category to the contest this year that will be of particular interest to area residents,” Schlick added.

Learn to Create Nature Play Areas in Your Yard

Learn to Create Nature Play Areas in Your Yard

Jamestown, NY – Outdoor nature play is proven to help create healthy, happy kids. And you don’t need to live in a forest to have natural places kids will love.

At the Audubon Nature Center on Saturday morning, March19, you can learn how to create natural play areas in your yard using plantings, cuttings, and on-hand materials.

From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. you can explore new ways to look at your yard from a child’s point of view. A hedge becomes a house. Gardens become jungles. Rocks become pathways to secret worlds.

There are many ways to enhance the “playability” of a yard that no one but the children notices, as well as projects that can potentially be huge. You can learn interesting ways to create both kinds of play areas, explore the playscape at the Nature Center, and brainstorm how to use your yard in new ways.

Most of the workshop time will be inside, with a short walk outdoors to look at the Nature Center’s play area.

“Contemplative Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“Contemplative Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – Jennifer Schlick will present “Contemplative Photography” at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Contemplative photography is where the photographer lets go of expectations and instead gives themselves to the experience of perceiving what the world offers. They walk with no preconceived ideas of what they will photograph or what they will do with the photograph after taking it.  Instead, they are open to being surprised and delighted by the world.

Schlick is a photographer and blogger who spends a lot of time in the woods.  The program director at the Audubon Nature Center, her current favorite volunteer job is Women Create, the third biennial exhibit of women’s art that will be on display in downtown Jamestown from April 16 through May 11.  

Mud Camp Time at Audubon Nature Center

Mud Camp Time at Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Every season offers Day Camp fun at the Audubon Nature Center.

On two Mondays, March 21 and 28, the Nature Center is offering Mud Camp, a chance for kids to enjoy some of the same adventures they would at Summer Camp – but in the muddy springtime. Children may attend on either date, or both.

From 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. kindergarteners through seventh graders will play and learn and find out more about the world in the spring season. In addition to games and crafts inside, campers will explore the grounds, looking for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more. Some activities will be by age groups and others in the large group.

For those who have never been to camp before, this is a great opportunity to see what it is all about. Those who are regular summer Day Campers can visit with old friends and have a reunion.

Learn About Cavity-Nesting Birds at the Nature Center’s First Friday on March 4

Learn About Cavity-Nesting Birds at the Nature Center’s First Friday on March 4

Jamestown, NY – Different species of birds vary in where they make their nests.

Robins make nests of mud and grasses on a branch or the ledge of a building. Killdeer lay eggs in an open area amidst pebbles and grass right on the ground.

Bluebirds, Purple Martins, and a wide variety of other birds rely on cavities – holes in trees – or nest boxes as their nesting sites.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on March 4 at 11 a.m., Fredonia natives John and Beverly Ruska will share their expertise on a wide variety of cavity nesting birds.

John Ruska is past president of the New York State Bluebird Society and a member of the Speakers Bureau of the North American Bluebird Society. He and his wife, Beverly, a former teacher at Fredonia Central Schools, have traveled across the country as well as to Mexico and Costa Rica in support of the bluebird.