Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund

This year Audubon Community Nature Center’s Stephanie Frucella Memorial “Making A Difference” Fund provided scholarships for Day Campers, covered all the costs for Counselors-in-Training (CITs), and purchased some exciting equipment. Here CIT Isabella Pecina works with students in the “Breaking It Down” Day Camp to look at the building blocks of nature.

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When Jamestown residents Bob and Kathleen Frucella lost their daughter, a fourth grade teacher, they established a fund at Audubon Community Nature Center in her memory.

Since 2009, young people have earned their way to Summer Day Camps at Audubon Community Nature Center by receiving the Stephanie Frucella Memorial “Making A Difference” Scholarships.

As a child, Stephanie loved to come to the Audubon with her family to walk the trails and discover wildlife, flowers, and the beauty of nature. In her life, Stephanie strived daily to make a difference in the lives of her students and her community. Through this fund, her legacy continues.

Preference for the merit-based scholarship is given to campers in grades five and up who have demonstrated interest in volunteering, giving back to their communities, mentoring others, or who wish to start volunteering as a counselor in training or junior counselor for Day Camps.

The Stephanie Frucella Fund is helping three campers have a meaningful outdoor experience this summer. It was also used to purchase what staff describe as “awesome” equipment, including three brand new microscopes, new discovery equipment, and nature play equipment to give campers the best possible experience to connect with the natural world.

In order to encourage youth to volunteer, the Fund also paid the expenses for all Counselors-In-Training.

Opportunities to assist that are coming include special events like Enchanted Forest in October and Snowflake Local Living Festival in February.

To help with any of these events or learn about additional possibilities, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or email

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit

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.