Audubon Exclusives: Story Telling, Rent-a-Friend, Coin Appraisal

Audubon Exclusives:  Story Telling, Rent-a-Friend, Coin Appraisal

Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has a new way of fund raising that offers distinctive opportunities and unusual experiences or serves as a gateway to experts with time and talent to share.

Some of these Audubon Exclusives are activities like learning to make gourmet pizza, touring Kinzua Dam, or being a fisheries biologist for a day. Others are a variety of specialized services that can be “purchased.”

Current time and talent offerings are presented by a story teller, a friend you can rent, and a coin appraiser.

Whether it’s youngsters at a birthday party, family cookouts, a group camping trip, or Scouting event, people of all ages love getting caught up in a good story. “Grandpa Dave” is a warm, friendly bear of a man, who will capture your group’s imagination and hold them on the edge of their seats with an assortment of fascinating tales. His repertoire encompasses a wide variety of topics including Native American folklore, the early history of our area, ghost stories, legends, and his personal favorite: Bigfoot and other cryptozoological creatures.

Friends can be a huge help with everyday chores like yardwork, but not everyone has such a friend available. ACNC board member Nate Welker is offering himself as a solution: Rent-a-Friend! In exchange for a generous contribution to Audubon, Welker will provide lawn and garden maintenance such as tree and limb cutting, pruning, weeding, landscaping, mowing, clearing brush, planting, cleaning gutters, winterizing, light chainsaw work, string trimming, and more.

Perhaps you are curious about the value of that coin collection you started in childhood or one that used to belong to a relative. Or maybe you’d just like to know if there is anything of value in all the change you’ve been saving for years. The long-time president of the Jamestown Coin Club will be happy to appraise your coins and possibly even purchase them if you are interested.

Each of these talents is offered a very limited number of times, and the required donations vary. Details for all, including how to get more information, are on the Audubon Exclusives page at

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. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at

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