Audubon Needs Volunteers for February 5 Snowflake Festival

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Audubon Community Nature Center’s Snowflake Festival on Saturday, February 5, has a variety of fun opportunities both indoors and out. Volunteers, like these overseeing nest box building, are essential to make all these activities possible.

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Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is looking for a lot of dedicated volunteers for their 40th annual Snowflake Festival on Saturday, February 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ACNC Public Engagement Specialist Jeff Tome said, “Volunteers are needed for everything from helping with crafts to tending a fire to assisting with outdoor games. There are both indoor and outdoor jobs we need help with to make this long-running tradition a success.”

The festival will offer nature hikes, a bonfire with s’mores, demonstrations and activities that might include knitting and weaving, snowshoeing and a mini “skating” rink (if the weather cooperates), making fairy creature friends from natural objects, crafting a walking stick, building nest boxes in the maintenance shop, getting up close and personal with live animals, and more. Food and hot drinks will be served outdoors by 3 C’s Catering.

Many of these opportunities to beat the winter doldrums require volunteer assistance. Help is also needed in the kitchen and operating the elevator.

Volunteers will be scheduled in two shifts: 9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. All receive access to the hospitality room and free admission to the Festival before or after their shifts. COVID-19 preventative measures will be taken, including required face covering while indoors for both event participants and volunteers.

If you are able to help, please contact Audubon Volunteer Coordinator Tina Preston at (716) 569-2345 or tpreston@auduboncnc.org.

For their part in making the Snowflake Festival possible, ACNC thanks this year’s event sponsors: Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. and Courier Capital, LLC.

In addition to business sponsors, Audubon Community Partners provide essential support by contributing $2,000 or more. Current Audubon Community Partners include: Curt and Susie Westrom, Bob Frucella’s Tax Service, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Hal and Mary Conarro, Univera Healthcare, and Whirley-Drinkworks!

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Dawn to dusk daily you can hike, snowshoe and cross country ski the six miles of trails, view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, and enjoy the outdoor Nature Play Area, all for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, the 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, 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 enjoy free building admission daily, and building admission is free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members as well.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org. All visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear face coverings while inside the building; any updates to these requirements can be found at the COVID-19 Notice on that webpage.