Support Audubon: get your taxes done, plan for spring, have some fun

Submitted Photo Going “Behind the Scenes” with Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros is one of a number of Audubon Exclusives: special opportunities you receive in return for your donation to Audubon Community Nature Center. There are only a few spots left for this unique experience at Struthers Library Theatre in Warren on Sunday.

JAMESTOWN — There are so many ways you can support Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) while receiving something for yourself in return.

How would you like to get your taxes done … learn about making maple syrup … have a professional help you plan your garden … or go on a hunt for timber rattlesnakes — all while supporting nature education in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Warren counties?

These and more are Audubon Exclusives: services, private programs, and fundraising events offered by staff, board, volunteers, and friends in exchange for a donation to ACNC. Each one is distinctive and available only through Audubon. Audubon Exclusive services currently being offered include:

¯ 2018 Income Tax Preparation: A CPA who has had her own tax prep business for more than 30 years can assist you with the many changes in the tax law.

¯ Garden Consultation: Audubon’s new president, who worked for seven years at Denver Botanic Gardens, will help you with a garden plan, plant recommendations, and suggested steps with timeline.

¯ Rent-a-Friend Seasonal Yardwork: Get ready for spring lawn and garden maintenance like tree and limb cutting, pruning, weeding, landscaping, mowing, clearing brush, planting, cleaning gutters, light chainsaw work, etc.

¯ Coin Appraisal: Learn if that collection you inherited has any value with an appraisal by the long-time president of the Jamestown Coin Club.

Upcoming events include:

¯ A photo session/meet-and-greet with Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros before his show at Struthers Library Theatre, Sunday afternoon, March 3. (Better hurry, though: this is almost sold-out.)

¯ Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, March 30 — with great Audubon fun!

Private programs available now are:

¯ Grandpa Dave’s Storytelling and Folklore: entertainment sure to please your gathering of family, youth group, and more.

¯ Restoring Health – One Meal at a Time: presentation RN and plant based nutrition specialist Janeen Beard.

¯ Maple Syrup Lesson and Demonstration: from identifying and tapping maple trees, to finishing the syrup, including bottles to take home

¯ Timber Rattlesnake “Hunt”: plan now to travel to St. Marys, Pa., for this guided experience

For details about all Audubon Exclusives, call 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Exclusives page at

Donations support ACNC educational programs serving schools in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Warren Counties. These programs bring unique hands-on nature experiences to over 19,000 students each year.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call 569-2345 or visit

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.