JAMESTOWN - "Environmental education, especially for children, is why we're here. That's what makes the consistent support of the Johnson Foundation so essential."
That was how Jennifer Schlick, Program Director for the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, explained why the Johnson Foundation's recent funding for Audubon's environmental education programs is critically important.
"The consistent support from the Johnson Foundation over many years has helped to maintain the strength of the programs we offer," Schlick pointed out. She also noted that Audubon helps fulfill Johnson's mission of improving and providing a better quality of life for residents of Jamestown, New York, and the Chautauqua County area.
Photo by Jennifer Schlick
A consistent supporter of Audubon, Jamestown’s Johnson Foundation recently awarded a major grant to the Jamestown Audubon Society for its environmental education programs. These C.C. Ring students have stopped for a moment during their Walking Field Trip led by Audubon naturalists in Jamestown.
The grant will be used specifically to begin implementing components of Audubon's Education Master Plan. The initiatives that will be focused on in 2013 include Program Effectiveness With Limited Budget through Walking Field Trips and Schoolyard Field Trips, Extending Audubon's Reach through Internships and Junior Counselor program, Public Programs including expanding Owl Day to a full festival, and Engaging 21st Century Learners.
Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has over five miles of beautifully maintained trails. Its 600-acre wetland preserve includes a native tree arboretum and several educational gardens.
Open daily, its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Interactive displays focus visitors' attention on ways to celebrate nature hands-on. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle housed in her outdoor habitat behind the Nature Center.
To learn more about the Center and its many programs, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.