Jamestown, N.Y. – On Nature Play Days at Audubon Community Nature Center, young children are free to be creative with what nature provides – plus a few additional supplies from Audubon.
On the third Sunday of the month, children two to eight years old and their favorite adult(s) can drop in anytime to Audubon’s Nature Play Area. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information.
The next Nature Play Day is Sunday, March 18, 1 to 4 p.m., when adults and children can explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.
Unstructured play outdoors 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.
Adults are required to stay with their children, and they may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a warm drink.
Be sure to dress in layers of warm clothing and wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Waterproof or water resistant gloves or mittens are recommended. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.
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.
While Nature Play Day is planned for rain, snow, or shine, in the case of severe weather, the program will be cancelled; call (716) 569-2345 to confirm.
Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.
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 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.