Reservations can now be made for Enchanted Forest, Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) captivating and enlightening non-scary Halloween event. With fewer openings this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, it can be expected to sell out even earlier than usual.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, October 9 and 10, animals have the ability to speak human language and communicate with visitors. After starting at a backyard campfire, volunteer “fireflies” light your way with lanterns along a luminary-lit trail where you will meet talking animals that engage your imagination, maybe make you laugh, and teach you something about wildlife in the region.
Reservations for this guided walk are required. Walks start at 6 p.m. and go out every 15 minutes. The last walk starts at 8 p.m. (Sunset is approximately 6:45 p.m.) Prepayment is required and reserves a specific time.
Enchanted Forest happens rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather. For protection from biting insects like mosquitoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes, and insect repellent are recommended. Halloween costumes are welcome.
ACNC requires a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance, so plan to have one available and to wear it on the trail.
For the safety of participants and volunteers, there will be no indoor portion of the event this year. However, craft bags (including materials and instructions) will be available to take home.
Space is limited. There are no ticket sales at the door and no refunds.
The fee is $12, $9 for Nature Center members, $6 for children ages 3-15, and free for children 2 and under.
For an additional $3, you can also get a Fun Patch, perfect for Scouts or others looking for a fun way to learn and experience the event.
To reserve your spot, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit AudubonCNC.org/EnchantedForest.
Enchanted Forest is presented through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. To learn how you can volunteer, visit AudubonCNC.org/Volunteer.
Audubon is grateful to its Community Partners for making programs like this possible: Bob and Kathy Frucella, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Whirley-DrinkWorks!, The Boocha Family, Bush Industries, Inc., Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, Inc., Hal and Mary Comarro, Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corporation, and Univera Healthcare.
Audubon may change this event to accommodate any changes in COVID-19 compliance or safety recommendations. If you are feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have come into contact with a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case, please stay home.