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Audubon Community Nature Center
The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is an annual outdoor learning experience that combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities.
The May 31-June 2, 2019, Pilgrimage welcomes both the experienced naturalist and the inquisitive beginner to its 61st year at beautiful Allegany State Park, where more than 60,000 acres abound with plants and animals.
A variety of naturalist-led nature walks, lectures, and programs begin Friday afternoon, May 31, and continue through Sunday morning, June 2. The more than five dozen offerings cover subjects including owls, salamanders, nature journaling, bugs by nightlight, cell phone nature photography, fairy houses, a family folk concert, a fossil hunt, butterflies, mushrooms, wildflowers, and so much more. Presenters come from all over western New York and beyond.
Friday evening’s Big Tent program is American zoologist and reality television personality Jarod Miller. The onetime director of the Binghamton Zoo has appeared on numerous television talk shows and is the founder of Wild Encounters, a company that gives children around the world a chance to experience nature without leaving their classrooms. Miller will share his wildlife adventures from around the globe and bring live animals from his western New York farm.
Saturday evening Hazel Stark and Joe Horn, co-founders of the Maine Outdoor School, will present “The Nature of Phenology: A Calendar Year in Downeast Maine.” They will share stories, photos, and excerpts from their weekly radio show dedicated to inspiring curiosity about the outdoors through engaging listeners in what’s going on in the world around them.
Since its founding by Gib Burgeson of Jamestown, this event has been a cooperative presentation of Allegany State Park and volunteers from the Audubon Community Nature Center (Jamestown), Buffalo Audubon Society, Rochester’s Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, and Erie’s Presque Isle
New this year: All youth under age 12 can now attend for free. (Children ages 12-17 are only $5.)
While cabins are filled in the Red House area of Allegany State Park where Pilgrimage activities are held, tent sites are available and there are still rustic cabins available in the Quaker Area 20 minutes away. Visit reserveamerica.com to reserve your spot.
The helpful Pilgrimage website at alleganynaturepilgrimage.com even includes a handy packing list for first time campers.
To lighten your food prep, the Boy Scouts sell hot dogs at noon on Saturday, and there is a chicken or vegetarian meal you can pre-order for Saturday evening.
For all the details and to register, visit alleganynaturepilgrimage.com