You and the young one(s) in your life are invited to come and play outside with a naturalist.
On Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to let children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.
Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.
Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.
Extra materials will be placed in the play area such as mud kitchen equipment, hammocks, weaving material or natural building materials. A naturalist will be present to answer questions and provide information.
Children can play as long as they like as long as their adults stay with them. Parents may want to bring a chair, snack and water.
Children need to be prepared to play outside, wearing clothes and shoes that can get dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.
A hose will be available to clean up after you are done playing.
Fee is $6 per child, ages two to eight; no charge for adults. Pay on arrival or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org. Reservations are not necessary but registration is appreciated.
Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.
Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, the Audubon Community Nature Center has more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building, open daily, houses the Blue Heron Gift Shop 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, in her outdoor habitat.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 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.