Audubon’s Apples Workshop and First Friday Lunch Bunch Moved to January 12

Audubon’s Apples Workshop and First Friday Lunch Bunch Moved to January 12

Stormy weather closed Audubon Community Nature Center last Friday. Programs on the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and starting an apple orchard that were planned for that day are rescheduled for Friday, January 12, 2018.

At the 11 a.m. First Friday Lunch Bunch, fisheries biologist Nathan Welker will give a presentation about some of the work being done in the ANF.

A native of Sugar Grove, Pa., Welker has spent the last 13 years with the U.S. Forest Service, providing fisheries and aquatics expertise for a wide range of projects and activities throughout the ANF. A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows his program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee for First Friday is $8 or $6 for Nature Center Members. Registrations are appreciated but not necessary and can be made online on the Programs page at through January 11.

From 2 to 4 p.m., orchardist Al Yelvington will lead “Apples All Year Long: Choosing Varieties.” The workshop will use sight, taste, smell, and a lesson to help you take the first step in starting your own apple orchard.

Retired from the Coast Guard, Yelvington started his cider orchard outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. His Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The fee for the workshop is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at

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 (716) 569-2345 during business hours 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.

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