Free Audubon Nature Play Day


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Audubon Community Nature Center

Saturday morning, May 18, is the next free Nature Play Day at Audubon Community Nature Center. All children ages two to eight and their favorite grown-ups are welcome. The open house format means you can stay as long as you like between 10 a.m. and noon. Adults are required to stay with their children and may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a drink.

If you come early this month, you can observe bird banding at the pavilion by the west entrance. Weather permitting, ornithologists will be banding from 7 to 11 a.m.

Young children can be creative with what nature provides – plus a few additional supplies from Audubon. For Nature Play Days extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information.

This event on the third Saturday morning of every month is an opportunity for kids to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe
environment. Meanwhile their adults learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Be prepared for play outside. Children should wear clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home. While Nature Play Day is planned for rain or shine,in the case of severe weather, the program will be cancelled.

This program is free thanks to support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Legacy Funds from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or going online to and clicking on “Current Schedule.” Walk-ins are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop; building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit, 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.