Audubon Volunteer Potluck Brunch Thursday, January 26

Audubon Community Nature Center welcomes all its current volunteers to a potluck brunch on Thursday, January 26. The meal will be followed by a brainstorming session on how to recruit more volunteers for the valuable and rewarding opportunities at Audubon. Pictured are volunteers and staff at an earlier gathering.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

WIthout its volunteers, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) would not be able to fulfill its mission to build and nurture connections between people and nature.

Each year, hundreds of individuals log thousands of volunteer work hours across every department at ACNC. They take care of the trails, gardens, animals, and buildings; perform data entry, store inventory, animal care, and cleaning; lead nature walks, work festivals and events, provide programs and outreach; and serve on the board and other administrative committees.

On Thursday, January 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., all current Audubon volunteers are invited to a potluck brunch to brainstorm recruitment ideas with other volunteers and staff from all corners of ACNC.

Volunteers are asked to bring their favorite potluck dish as well as their ideas for how Audubon can spread the word about volunteering.

Special skills such as gardening, accounting, carpentry, and more are always needed at the Nature Center, as well as jacks- and jills-of-all-trades. Audubon wants to figure out a way to offer opportunities to people who have those skill sets and are interested.

Brunch will be followed by a brief discussion concerning recruitment and retention

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 or going online to AudubonCNC.org and clicking through “Programs and Events.” Walk-ins are welcome.

To learn how you can become an Audubon volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Emily Nelson at (716) 569-2345 or [email protected].

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, snowshoe or cross country ski 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 AudubonCNC.org.

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.