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Audubon Nature Center
An evening of campfire, crafts, treats — and a luminary-lit trail with human-sized creatures who share stories about their lives. What could be more “enchanting”!
All those experiences await you and the special young people in your life at the Audubon Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 7 and 8.
The adventure begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then participants are escorted around a luminary trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Human-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fascinating, fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.
Among the creatures along the trail this year will be Black Bear, Great Horned Owl, Skunk, Spider, and Flying Squirrel. They offer children and accompanying adults an opportunity to have a fun – but not scary – experience during the Halloween season. After about a 45-minute walk, there are refreshments and crafts inside, as well as a large animals cut-out photo op.
This year a touch table has been added inside the nature center with furs, bones, and feathers to continue the learning about the animals featured on the trail. Also new, Scouts can participate in the Enchanted Forest and other activities to earn a Night Animal Patch.
You can see a series of pictures from previous Enchanted Forests at www.audubonenchantedforest.wordpress.com.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather. Halloween costumes are welcome. Long pants, long sleeve shirts, close-toed shoes and insect repellent are recommended. These precautions will help protect from biting insects such as mosquitos.
Pre-registration with payment is necessary to reserve a specific time slot from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. (Sunset is approximately 6:45 p.m.) Tours begin every 10 minutes. Enrollment is limited, and there will be no ticket sales at the door. The program takes place rain or shine, and there are no refunds.
Admission is $12, $8 for Friends of the Nature Center, $6 for children 3-15, and free for children two and under.
To register, call (716) 569-2345 or print and mail the online registration form at www.audubonenchantedforest.wordpress.com. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment by cash, check or Visa/MasterCard/Discover.
Enchanted Forest sponsors are Forecon, Michaels Arts and Crafts, Kings’ Heating & Cooling, Timberland Realty, Courier Capital LLC, and ERA Team VP Real Estate. To learn how you can be a sponsor, visit www.audubonenchantedforest.wordpress.com/sponsors.
Enchanted Forest is made possible through the dedication of many volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. To learn you can volunteer, visit www.audubonenchantedforest.wordpress.com/volunteers.
The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.