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Audubon Community Nature Center

Every little piece of trash makes a difference when it comes to keeping nature healthy. 

You can help nature and Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) by volunteering to collect trash along Route 62 on Saturday, October 6.

This is your opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and good company and be part of this twice-yearly endeavor to make our community a little cleaner. 

Rain or shine, volunteers meet at the Nature Center at 8:30 a.m., divide into teams, gear up with gloves and orange safety vests, then ride in the van to various sections of Route 62 cared for by ACNC.

Orange trash bags are filled with roadside refuse, then workers return to the Nature Center at noon.

Snacks are provided for breaks and afterward. Volunteers are welcome to enjoy the Nature Center exhibits, visit with Liberty the Bald Eagle, or hike the trails after their work is done.

Volunteers ages 12–18 are welcome as long as accompanied by an adult.

Participants are reminded to wear close-toed shoes and dress for the weather. You can bring your own gloves if you have them, but Audubon has plenty to borrow.

It helps with planning if you can make reservations by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or registering online on the Programs page at

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1–4 p.m. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at