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Audubon Community Nature Center
With the opportunity to celebrate nature and all things inspired by it plus fun and activities for all ages, the staff and volunteers at Audubon Community Nature Center are looking forward to being part of the inaugural Wild America Nature Festival.
The two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, is hosted by Jamestown, New York’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park. Panama Rocks is the amazing natural wonder where Wild America is being held in Panama, New York.
The Festival will feature wild animals, a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition, a local food cook-off competition and farmers market, and classes, workshops, music, and talks by well-known speakers and artists. It is planned to raise awareness of nature and the environment, encourage sustainable enjoyment of the environment, promote conservation of our natural world, and have fun celebrating Wild America.
You are invited to visit Audubon’s booth to explore natural artifacts, learn about the fun patch for Scouts and other youth, and chat with Audubon volunteers.
Among the fun and learning experiences Audubon Community Nature Center will be offering are:
Nature Hike Fun Patch: Complete a selection of activities to earn the right to buy this classy patch ($3; check or exact change appreciated).
Forest Talk, 10 a.m.-noon both days: Meet retired Jamestown Community College (JCC) biology professor Dan Anderson along the trails to learn about some of the trees at Panama Rocks.Rock Talk, 10 a.m.-noon both days: Find retired JCC biology professor Tom Erlandson on the trails where he will teach about the geology of Panama Rocks.
Touch a Turtle: Lincoln, Audubon’s captive-bred hybrid box turtle, had such a fun time at Panama Rocks last year, he can’t wait to return.
Nature Touch Table: furs, bones, rocks, antlers, and more will be out for visual and tactile discovery.
Festival hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission each day is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under.
For all the details of the festival, including a full schedule of activities, visit wildamericafest.com.
Panama Rocks Scenic Park is located at 11 Rock Hill Road in Panama, New York. To learn more, visit panamarocks.com.
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, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, or online at auduboncnc.org.