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Jamestown Audubon Nature Center
Audubon Community Nature Center is planning for its 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival to be the best yet.
Magic Moments horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Wild Spirit Education programs with owls and hawks, alpacas from Dun Roving Farms, Chautauqua County Humane Society, and Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue are some of the animal experiences being lined up.
The Festival’s emphasis on sustainability means visitors can learn about and experience ways to live a bit lighter on the planet. Opportunities are being planned for bird nest box and feeder building, butter making, soap making, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, maple tapping and syrup making.
Also indoors will be children’s crafts, a basket raffle, door prizes, great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and the opportunity to win a handmade 100% repurposed braided wool rug in the feature raffle.
Hikes with a naturalist will be offered throughout the day. Also outdoors will be games and demonstrations of snowshoes and winter camping and cooking, with free samples. You can try out snowshoes courtesy of Evergreen Outfitters or bring your own equipment for sledding and cross-country skiing.
Preparations are being made for outdoor seating in a heated tent, where you can enjoy lunch or snacks purchased from the kitchen as well as demonstrations and activities.
Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of any age group, and other interested boys and girls can earn a Winter Fun patch by completing activities at the Festival. Visit the Reception Desk at the Nature Center when you arrive for a list of requirements.
To see a YouTube video of the festival, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY4L5m3DEWM&feature=youtu.be.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admissions are $6, $2 children 3-15, and free for children 2 and under.
Festival sponsors to date include United Refining Company, Herbs R 4 U Inc., Orkin Pest Control, Busti Cider Mill, Jamestown Awning, Ed Shults of Warren, Courier Capital LLC/Randy Ordines, James M. Smith, Dun Roving Farm, Knitting 4 Peace, and Busti Historical Society.
To learn more, including how you can be a sponsor, call (716) 569-2345 or click on Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival at auduboncnc.org/events.
The Audubon Community Nature Center is conveniently located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
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.