August 2015

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Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm

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Audubon Days at Panama Rocks (All)
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm
Join Nature Center staff, members, and volunteers at the Panama Rocks, 11 Rock Hill Road, Panama, NY for a day of fun and learning!

Photography Walk (Adult+)
Topic – Depth of Field
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 7:00pm-8:30pm
If your picture has everything in focus you have lots of depth of field.  If your picture has only the subject in focus and everything else is blurred, you have a very shallow depth of field.  Nature photographers use both; it all depends on the situation.  This walk is for people whose cameras have a manual mode and can set the aperture and shutter speed. – Deb Lanni & Bruce Fox

MAPS Bird Banding (All)
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 6:00am-12:00pm*
Pavilion on the west side of the Nature Center’s property
Free, donations appreciated.  Reservations are not required.
Join research ornithologists as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science. *Actual times may vary; the protocol requires opening the nets at dawn and monitoring birds for six hours.

Little Explorers (Children aged 3-8 and a Grownup)
Forest Fun
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00am-11:30am
A nature lesson, walk, craft, and a snack make for a fun-filled morning of learning.

Taste of Nature: Drying Food (Adult+)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30pm-7:30pm
As you collect the summer bounty of food, learn the ins and outs of drying food. This one hour class will cover the basics of food dehydration including methods, preparation and food safety. Samples may be available to taste.

“Exploring the Pre-Settlement Forests of Chautauqua County” (Adult)
Saturday, August 15, 10:00am-11:00am
Presented by Chautauqua County Historical Society.

Nature Tangles (Adult+)
Saturday, August 15, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Unleash your creativity in this fun “drawing” workshop that requires no previous expertise!

Photography Walk (Adult+)
Topic:  Subjects in Motion
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Sometimes you want to stop the action.  Other times, you want the motion to blur.  If you have a manual mode on your camera, come learn how controlling shutter speed creates different effects.

Fairy Creatures (Adult+)
Saturday, August 22, 10:00am-12:00pm
Nature can provide the materials for whimsical creatures and creations to commemorate a family trip, a special event, or just a favorite place. We will use local materials from the Nature Center to create these “fairy” creatures.

Riverwalk Festival (All)
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm with music to follow
Join us at the Jamestown NY Riverwalk for a fun day!

Monarchs & Margaritas (Adult)
Friday, August 28, 2015, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Support the Monarch Butterflies as they prepare for their migration to Mexico. Enjoy live butterflies, music, food, games, and margaritas.

Monarch Butterfly Festival (All)
Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm
Enjoy a room of free-flying Monarch Butterflies as the building and grounds become a butterfly paradise. There is food, crafts, caterpillars and a whole lot more fun going on!

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