Audubon Little Explorers Study Evergreens and Conifers Saturday, December 9

Audubon Community Nature Center Little Explorers and their adults learn about "Evergreens and Conifers" on Saturday morning, December 9.
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Audubon Community Nature Center

While many trees lose their leaves, plants known as evergreens keep their leaves all year round, providing winter greenery. Some of these are also conifers, as they produce a cone with seeds.

On Saturday, December 9, 10–11:30 a.m., you and your 3 to 8-year-old(s) can join Audubon Community Nature Center Little Explorers to investigate these “Evergreens and Conifers” and other winter plants and learn how they provide animals with shelter or a food source when food is scarce.

Begin indoors with a hands-on exploration of tree leaves and pine cones. Then head outside into the winter landscape to make observations of plants, compare different evergreens and conifers, and look for evidence of the ways these plants provide animals with the resources they need to survive the winter.

A snack is provided after the hike and a craft is offered if there is time.

Little Explorers takes place regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly.

The fee is $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 3–8 and Nature Center members.

Enrollment is limited to 15 children, 30 participants total.

Make required paid reservations by Thursday, December 7, 2023, by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or by going to and clicking through Programs and Events.

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 nearly 600-acre nature preserve, check in on the live birds of prey, and hike over five miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. 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

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.