Jamestown, N.Y. – Leap and Fly, Backpacking Adventure, Protect and Defend, Forest Frolic.
These are some of the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Day Camps that still have openings this summer.
Day Camp is designed for children in pre-K through grade 12 to get out and explore the natural world. Structured and unstructured activities and play create a well-rounded, free-choice experience for all children.
Most camps run four days per week for eight weeks during the summer. Different age breakdowns occur on different weeks.
The exception is the Backpacking Adventure, which has activities for a three-week period and includes training for backpacking, a day-long hike, and an overnight. Cost for the Backpacking Adventure is now reduced thanks to Allegheny Outfitters and Lakewood Rod and Gun.
Audubon camps have one basic rule: Respect. Respect nature. Respect yourself. Respect others and their things. ACNC believes that all children benefit from having great experiences outdoors, learning more about the natural world and more about themselves.
ACNC’s Day Camps are run by a mix of seasoned naturalists, interns and trained assistants. All of the naturalists have over 10 years of experience working with children in informal education settings. Interns have experience working with children and teach for a month at Audubon before they teach day camp. Middle and high school assistants go through a leadership course to learn expectations and more about leading small groups of children.
For all the details and to register, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org/daycamp.
Audubon strives to make nature education accessible to all. Nature Center members receive discounted rates. With the help of generous supporters, camp scholarships are offered on both merit and need bases. For information, visit auduboncnc.org/scholarships.
If you would like to donate to any of the scholarship or campership funds at Audubon, please call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org/donate.
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 Nature Center building is home to the Blue Heron Gift Shop and three floors of interactive exhibits, including live animals, that inform and engage visitors of all ages. 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 hiking trails, a native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, natural play space, and exhibit of Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily. To learn more, 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.