Audubon Nature Play Day on Jan. 19

JAMESTOWN — The third Saturday morning of every month is Nature Play Day at Audubon Community Nature Center. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, is the next opportunity for kids ages 2 to 8 to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while their favorite grownups learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Nature Play Days are free and have an open house format, so you can stay as long as you like. Your young children can be creative with what nature provides — plus a few additional supplies from Audubon. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information.

Adults are required to stay with their children, and they may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a drink. Be prepared to play outside. Wear clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

Jan. 19 is also Doors Open Jamestown, when Audubon joins many local attractions in having free admission all day. Plan to visit the Nature Center building and enjoy its many indoor exhibits after your outdoor play experience.

While Nature Play Day is planned for rain, snow, or shine, in the case of severe weather, the program will be cancelled; call 569-2345 to confirm.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop; building hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call 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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