Audubon Little Explorers Learn About Butterflies at the Nature Center, Saturday, July 11

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Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers will learn about butterflies on Saturday morning, July 11. This photograph of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly by Panama, N.Y., photographer Suzette Paduano was a finalist in an Audubon Nature Photography Contest. (For information about this year’s photo contest visit ACNCPhotoContest.com)
Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers will learn about butterflies on Saturday morning, July 11. This photograph of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly by Panama, N.Y., photographer Suzette Paduano was a finalist in an Audubon Nature Photography Contest. (For information about this year’s photo contest visit ACNCPhotoContest.com)

You and the three to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about butterflies on Saturday, July 11, 10-11:30 a.m. at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

Previously held online due to COVID-19 restrictions, ACNC’s Little Explorers program returns to in-person starting in July.

Butterflies float by in a rainbow of colors as they flutter on the breeze from flower to flower. However, they are more than just a pretty, fleeting sight on a sunny day.

Join Audubon to learn more about their life cycles, habitats, importance in the food chain, and how they can help humans, along with some ways to help the butterflies in return.

After an in-person lesson with Audubon Nature Educator Chelsea Jandreau, head out for a short hike to look for butterfly habitats where you could find and identify some butterflies as you search.

This program will be held in the Stephanie Frucella Education Pavilion located in Audubon’s back yard, but will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather. Participants should bring face coverings in case the program is moved indoors.

The fee for the program is $8 for adults, $6 for children and Nature Center members.

Make reservations by Thursday, July 9, 2020, by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12-4 p.m. Saturdays) or by going to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and clicking on “Current Schedule.”

Be sure to join Audubon for the re-imagining of their annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 29. The festival will be revised to meet current CDC and New York State guidelines related to COVID-19, but the festival will still take place. Go to: AudubonCNC.org/MonarchFestival for more information.

The 2020 Little Explorers series is sponsored by Univera Healthcare. Little Explorers is presented on the second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, just east of Route 62 between Warren, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y. While the Nature Center building is closed due to COVID-19 per New York State restrictions, visitors are welcome to enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, and natural play space, walk the six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, from dawn to dusk daily while practicing safe social distancing measures.

The Blue Heron Gift Shop is also open for drive-thru sales; visit AudubonCNC.org/Shop for more information.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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.