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Audubon schedules Holiday Kids Camps

JAMESTOWN — Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to take a break from the holiday busyness and come to Audubon Community Nature Center for a day or exploration, fun, and learning.

Audubon is offering two Holiday Camp opportunities, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children can explore winter habitats, play in the snow, perhaps find a “skating” pond, and visit with their friends. They will learn about nature and all the cool activity that occurs during the snowier months of the year.

Children will be in age groups for all activities, including lunch.

The program is primarily outdoors. Parents are asked to pack extra clothes, mittens, shoes, and outdoor gear, as well as a snack, lunch, water bottle, and a face covering.

Cost for the day is $40 for ages 4-12 or $30 for Nature Center member children. Additional siblings receive a $5 discount.

Audubon requests that children have face coverings with them, but they are not required outdoors or when children are spaced out.

Enrollment is limited. Paid reservations are required by noon the day before each camp. For more information and to register, call 569-2345 during business hours or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.”

Audubon’s Nature Play Care is another opportunity for 4- to 6-year-olds to spend Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday mornings, 8 to 11:30 a.m., playing outdoors, engaging with nature, and learning about the natural world. Dates still open this month are Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 30-31. For more information, call 569-2345 during business hours or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.”

For 6- to 10-year-olds, Audubon also offers The Outdoor Classroom. These morning and/or afternoon sessions on Thursdays or Fridays have outdoor formal lessons in the morning and free-choice activities in the afternoon. Learn more by going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Register for a Program.”

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

The public can visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, visitors can view the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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