Time’s Running Out to be Part of Audubon’s “More the Merrier” New Member Drive

These children are enjoying the Nature Play Area’s 1500-pound concrete turtle, one of many attractions for children as well as adults at Audubon Community Nature Center. Mike Whitmire of Whitmire Outdoor Living in Starbrick, Pa., showed his support when he designed, built, and donated the turtle to Audubon.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

This year, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is looking to increase its membership to 1,000 with “The More the Merrier” Membership Drive that concludes April 30.

Every year thousands of area residents connect with Audubon through volunteering, attending programs, enjoying festivals, or hiking, skiing or snowshoeing some of the five miles of trails on the 600-acre property.

“We want to strengthen our connections with our visitors by having them become members,” said Audubon Director Leigh Rovegno, “and we’re offering enticements to encourage them.”

New members who join by Tuesday, April 30, will:

  • receive $5 off the price of their membership
  • be entered into a raffle for a private (up to five others of their choice) “behind the scenes” visit with Liberty, Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle
  • be invited to the Members’ Brunch on Saturday, May 4, when there will also be bird banding and the annual birdathon events

Rovegno noted that, “With up to $2,000 in new memberships being matched by donations from two of our existing member families plus support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, this an excellent time to join!”

In addition to providing much needed financial support, members enjoy additional benefits like:

  • free admission to the Nature Center building
  • discounts on educational programs
  • 10% discount at the Blue Heron Gift Shop
  • discounts on the popular Day Camp program and Birthday
  • Parties for your kids
  • 10% off facilities rental

Open seven days a week, the three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and is the venue for programs and events ranging from training for trail guides and tending apple trees to August’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.

Audubon naturalists and trained volunteers present nature education programs for all ages, including more than 19,000 contacts with school children in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Warren Counties every year.

For more information and to become a member, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or go online to AudubonCNC.org/Memberships.

Audubon members are reminded they need to renew and keep their memberships current to reach the 1,000-member goal.

You can also become a member on Monday, April 22, when The Empty Pint Taproom at Southern Tier Brewing Company (STBC) hosts an Earth Day Celebration FUNdraiser for ACNC. Twenty percent of all food and beverage sales between 4 and 10 p.m. will go to providing materials and care for Audubon’s native tree arboretum and gardens. From 5 to 8 p.m. will be 50/50 drawings and raffles for an STBC gift basket that includes a $100 gift card and a Gardener’s Essentials Gift Basket that includes a two-hour garden consultation for your home provided by Rovegno. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the Nature Center.

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