Jamestown, NY – For a fun winter experience, it is hard to beat snowshoeing.
Whether you have snowshoed before or are looking to try a new activity, you can enjoy a winter hike at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to noon. You are invited to explore the trails on snowshoes with Evergreen Outfitters and an ACNC naturalist.
Snowshoes are available for rent from Evergreen Outfitters or you can bring your own.
Participants will meet at Audubon and divide into two groups. The “travelers” will hike up to two and a half miles at a moderate pace with few stops. The “wanderers” will hike up to one and a half miles at a slower pace with more stops to rest and investigate interesting nature signs.
Hikers will return to the Nature Center to warm up inside over some hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks that will be provided. You are also welcome to bring a treat to share.
You may even try hand-feeding chickadees in the bird feeding area outside the building.
You are reminded to dress for the weather, including hiking or snow boots.
Space is limited. The fee of $20 includes snowshoe rental; it is only $10 if you have your own snowshoes. Paid reservations are required by Friday, February 16; they can be made by calling Evergreen Outfitters at (716) 763-2266.
The folks at Evergreen Outfitters, a locally owned and operated outdoor gear store, are passionate about the outdoors and appreciate the opportunity to share that passion. Paddlesports, equipment racks, and camping are their specialty. They invite you to visit them at 61 Water Street in Mayville, N.Y., where you will also find kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, lessons, guided tours in the summer and snowshoe hikes and rentals during winter months.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop; building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours 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.