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Audubon Nature Center
With 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail, Winter Lights at the Nature Center is a spectacular show.
But what makes this merger of nature with cutting edge technology unique is that YOU get to control your experience.
Beginning December 10 and running the last three weekends in December, you can play a drum to change the display of lights, play search-and-find with a flashlight that causes animals to light up and make noise, and roll the earth through the seasons. This all happens at the Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown, New York.
Visitors can expect to walk about a half mile on a paved and ice-free trail, stopping to control lights, warm up at the fire at the halfway point, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.
Along with hot chocolate and snacks for sale inside, indoor activities demonstrate the amazing technology behind the light show. You can even program one of the mini-computers attached to a light strip to see how they work. Live music is lined up for each night, including local favorite Smackdab on December 12 from 6:00 till 8:30 p.m.
This distinctive interactive and educational experience will delight the entire family.
Scouts and other young people learning about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) can earn a Winter Lights patch as they go through the show outside, then come in to discover how the technology powers it.
The show is brought to life by Steve French, President and Principal Engineer at Volt Vision in Warren, Pennsylvania, Nature Center Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, and a huge number of talented and tireless volunteers.
For a Winter Lights preview on Youtube, check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UtZsrIckuc.
Winter Lights at the Nature Center will be 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, December 10-12 and 17-19, and Saturday and Sunday, December 26 and 27.
Prices are $10, $8 for children 3-15, and free for children two and under. Reservations are not required.
A special rate has been set for youth groups to encourage this opportunity for clean fun with a high tech twist. For groups that call ahead and schedule a night, everyone can come for $8 each, including adults and chaperones. The van driver or group leader is free. Call or email Jeff Tome at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 569-2345 to book your date.
The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. New winter hours for the building and Blue Heron Gift Shop are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. Bald eagle viewing and trails are open dawn to dusk daily.
To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.