So Much to Do at Audubon Snowflake Festival, Sat, Feb 1

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Whatever the weather, indoors and out you will find much to experience at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Snowflake Festival, Saturday, February 2. Outdoors will be cooking, games, hikes, snowshoeing -- if there is snow! -- and more. Inside will be owls and hawks, tarantulas and lizards, other live animals, as well as vendors, exhibits, and things to make and do. Good food and a Blue Heron Gift Shop discount round out the day.
Whatever the weather, indoors and out you will find much to experience at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Snowflake Festival, Saturday, February 2. Outdoors will be cooking, games, hikes, snowshoeing -- if there is snow! -- and more. Inside will be owls and hawks, tarantulas and lizards, other live animals, as well as vendors, exhibits, and things to make and do. Good food and a Blue Heron Gift Shop discount round out the day.

Adults and kids of all ages will be delighted with everything there is to see, do and learn at the 38th annual Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Snowflake Festival, Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Among the many opportunities, both indoors and out, are a scavenger hunt, guided hikes, trying snowshoes, creating make-and-take items, taste-testing maple syrup, and meeting live animals: owls and hawks, tarantulas and lizards, ACNC’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, and more. The Third Floor Nature Play Area is just one of the exhibits you can experience.

The Blue Heron Gift Shop will be open throughout the Festival, with visitors receiving a 10% discount on all purchases.

Activities and vendors include:

  • Basket Making
  • Chautauqua County Humane Society
  • Chautauqua County Master Gardeners
  • Conewango Creek Watershed Association
  • Dole Studio leather working
  • Evergreen Outfitters with snowshoes to try
  • Franklin’s Honey and Apples with kettle corn
  • Indoor crafts
  • Knitting for Wellbeing
  • Uncle Rick’s Sugar House with maple syrup tasting
  • Nest Box and Suet Feeder Building
  • Outdoor Cooking Demonstration with Boy Scout Troop 169
  • Outdoor Games
  • Outdoor Nature Play Area
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Scouts and others can earn a Winter Fun Patch
  • 3 C’s Catering food truck
  • Trendy Wendy Handbags and winter wear
  • Warren County Fiber Artists
  • WILD Creatures – exotics including tarantulas and lizards
  • Wild Spirit Education – live birds of prey
  • Warren County Master Gardeners

While most activities are continuous, naturalist-led hikes will be at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and the meet-and-greet with Wild Spirit Education’s live owls and hawks will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The time for WILD Creatures’ exotics, including tarantulas and lizards, is still to be determined.

For outdoor activities, plan to dress for the weather. You are welcome to bring your own sled, cross-country skis, or snowshoes.

Admission is $8 adults, $6 Nature Center members and children ages 3-15, free for ages two and under. Parking is free. Food and some activities require an extra fee. There is no ATM on site, but credit cards can be accepted for purchases in the building.

To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit AudubonCNC.org/SnowflakeFestival.

Snowflake Festival 2020 sponsors are Kwik Fill, Orkin Pest Control, Courier Capital Corp., Tri-James Services, Inc., and Larson Orthodontics.

Audubon Community Nature Center is conveniently located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.

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.