Audubon Invites Exhibitors, Sponsors, Volunteers for Snowflake Festival

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The Audubon Community Nature Center Snowflake Festival emphasizes that winter is a great time for hiking, making, and exploring. Volunteer Rick Rupprecht is pictured sharing a sample of maple syrup with a visitor after demonstrating how it is made.
The Audubon Community Nature Center Snowflake Festival emphasizes that winter is a great time for hiking, making, and exploring. Volunteer Rick Rupprecht is pictured sharing a sample of maple syrup with a visitor after demonstrating how it is made.

Audubon Community Nature Center is seeking exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers for this winter’s Snowflake Festival.

This longest-running of Audubon’s festivals showcases ways to connect with the natural world in the winter as well as favorites like snowshoes to try, live animals, hands-on make-and-take activities, outdoor cooking demonstrations, and great food.

The event on Saturday, February 1, 2020, is an opportunity for visitors to have fun while learning about and experiencing ways to strengthen their connections to the planet.

There are still openings for a variety of exhibitors, vendors, and demonstrators. Among those already on board are Wild Spirit Education that will show their live owls and hawks and WILD Creatures with their exotic animals, including tarantulas and lizards.

Businesses or organizations that would like to participate can contact festival coordinator Sarah Hatfield by calling (716) 569-2345, ext. 106, or emailing shatfield@auduboncnc.org.

Volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, will be an integral part of the 38th year of the festival. Volunteers are needed to do everything from selling snacks and operating the elevator to assisting with nest box building and children’s crafts. All volunteers receive access to the hospitality room and free admission to the Festival before or after their volunteer shift. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit AudubonCNC.org/volunteer.

Festival sponsors help underwrite the costs of this winter extravaganza. In return, they receive a variety of benefits. Confirmation of interest must be received by Wednesday, January 1, 2020, to be included in the marketing. Details are at AudubonCNC.org/sponsor.

Sponsors already on board include Kwik Fill, Orkin Pest Control, Courier Capital Corp., and Larson Orthodontics.

More information about the Snowflake Festival is at AudubonCNC.org/SnowflakeFestival.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.

Hours for the Nature Center building and its Blue Heron Gift Shop, with many great holiday gift possibilities, are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

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.