Audubon Adds to Nature Discovery Kits for Kids

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Blue Heron Gift Shop has made a new addition to its Discovery Kits for kids. The latest entry is the Meadow kit, filled with explorer tools, books, and a staff-created activity booklet for learning more about meadows, for when kids are discovering things like dragonflies.

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A new Nature Discovery Kit has been added to the many enticing items in Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Joining the Pond and Survival kits is the Nature Discovery Kit: Meadow.

The kits are designed by Audubon’s nature educators to enhance the learning experience of young people as they explore different natural history topics. Each collection contains explorer tools, books, and a staff-created activity booklet to help parents and children explore these topics together.

Nature Discovery kits change seasonally and correspond with different activities Audubon offers in Day Camp and other programs.

The new Meadow kit includes a nature press (for flowers or leaves) with a burlap bag, telescoping bug net, expandable butterfly/bug habitat, Praying Mantis finger puppet, cotton drawstring cinch backpack, ACNC-produced guide Naturalist’s Notes, Take-Along Guide: Wildflowers, Blooms, and Blossoms and Take-Along Guide: Caterpillars, Bugs, and Butterflies.

Included among the many other items in the Blue Heron are clothing, jewelry, books, puzzles, games, toys and locally-made edibles. A small sampling of gift shop items can be viewed and purchased by searching for “Audubon” at and clicking on “Vendors” in the dropdown.

Adjoining the lobby of the Nature Center building, the Blue Heron Gift Shop welcomes visitors Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for shoppers.

Face coverings are strongly recommended for inside the Nature Center building.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. You can visit the 600-acre nature preserve and see Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, natural play space and hike the six miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, the 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit Entries to the 2022 Nature Photography Contest and votes for the Community Choice winners can be made at

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.