February 2016

Winter Hours
Saturday, November 1, 2015 – Monday, February 29, 2016
Walk the trails and visit Liberty dawn until dusk, as usual.
NEW THIS WINTER!!  Building hours:
Monday through Friday 10:00am-1:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-4:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:30pm
Plus special Building Hours* for programming and by appointment

For required reservations please stop by, pay online, or by phone with a credit card  (716) 569-2345.

First Friday Lunch Bunch (Adult)
My Love of Nature: A Photo Essay – Bill Potter
Friday, February 5, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm
BYO Brown Bag Lunch to follow
Nature Center multipurpose room
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations are not required.

Bill Potter shares his love of nature through photos in this stunning photo essay.

Living life with purpose and drive, Bill Potter spends his retirement filling his eyes and his mind with the beauty of nature, capturing what he can with photography.

A retired biology teacher from Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, Bill spends many enjoyable hours looking through the camera lens at birds and other creatures.

Program Location: Audubon Nature Center
Special Information: Bring your lunch!

Snowflake Festival (All)
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
Nature Center and grounds
$6 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center;
$2 Children 3-15; Free children 2 & under

Check out the snowflake festival website for even more details!

The Snowflake Festival is the Nature Center’s longest running festival! Join us this year as we add sustainable living demonstrations to favorites like snowshoes, live birds of prey presentations, nest box building, and wagon rides.

Winter is a time to enjoy nature differently than other seasons. While skiing or snowshoeing you can get a different perspective. We provide a chance to try both activities, in addition to taking horse-drawn wagon rides on our trails, watching the husky sled dog demonstrations, hiking with a naturalist, or simply standing by the fire in the back yard.

Inside we have other activities to help you get through the end of the winter season. Wild Spirit Education will return with live demonstrations featuring their birds of prey. This year will feature a textile demonstration, with a spinner, weaver, knitters, dyers, and others who can turn fleece into clothing! We will also have other demonstrations that showcase sustainable living skills – things you can do yourself to live a bit lighter on the planet. Interactive gardening activities, making butter, learning to tap a maple tree, cracking walnuts, and building a nest box are other activities you may participate in. We hope to have some old fashioned hand tools you can try out, basket making, braided rug making (from old wool clothes!), and soap making.

We will have some vendors too, who showcase their natural or sustainable products. Dun Roving Farms will be here with their alpacas and their alpaca wool wares. Stedman Corners Coffee Roasters will be once again providing delicious and warm coffee. More are coming, so check back for updates!

New this year is a food vendor, so make sure you check out what they have to offer. And we are so grateful to our sponsors who make this event possible. At printing they include Orkin Pest Control Systems, Ed Shults of Warren, Inc., Whitmire Outdoor Living, and Courier Capital Corp.

Program Location: Audubon Nature Center and grounds; some events outdoors, dress for the weather!
Special Information: Some activities have additional fees, bring a little extra cash.

Audubon Nature Photography Club
Thursday, February 11, 2016,  6:30pm-9:00pm 
Camera tips and tricks, photo critique, guest speaker. For more information about the club, visit www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/jasphotoclub789?fref=ts, call Cathy Abers-Kimball, club president, at (716) 664-3707 weekdays, or email jasphotoclub@gmail.com. $5 to visitors.

Little Explorers (Children ages 3-8 and a grown-up)
Be A Nature Lover
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center
$6 Children ages 3-8; Free children 2 and under
Reservations are required by Thursday, February 11, 2016.

This month we will learn all the ways to love nature! From studying it to protecting it to planting it you can love nature in many ways.

If you love something it makes it easy to take care of it. We will learn some of the ways you can help protect nature in this class. Another way to show your love for nature is to study it and we will learn about Project Feeder Watch and how you can help scientists learn about birds. Finally, you can love nature by making it a part of your life. We will talk about ways to make sure you’re always connected to nature. Outside we will walk around and find some of this things we love about nature. Inside we will make a craft and have a snack. Come dressed for the weather! We will go out no matter what.

Program Location: Audubon Nature Center
Special Information: Come prepared to go outside.


Snow Camp (Children 4-18 yrs.)
Monday, February 15, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm
Friday, February 26, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm
Nature Center and grounds
$30 Regular Price; $25 Friends of the Nature Center;
$5 discount for siblings
Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, February 11.
Limited enrollment.

It is a day of Day Camp in the winter! Kids aged 4 and older are invited to come to the Nature Center for the day.



So much happens at Day Camp in the summer, and it is so long between the seasons, that we take a winter day and invite all the campers and their friends back to Audubon Nature Center for a fun day during a winter break. We will certainly head outside, but also do some inside camp games and songs to remind us of summer! Teenagers will get the chance to try cross country skis or maybe snowshoes (if there is snow), play some outdoor games, perhaps geocache, and get a roaring fire going in the backyard. It is a great day to visit with old friends, make new friends, and spend time together!

We realize that Warren and Chautauqua counties don’t always share breaks, so hopefully between these two dates everyone can come! If teenagers would like to be assistants in the camp rather than attend and play, call Sarah at (716) 569-2345.

Pack a complete change of clothes, winter gear, a snack and a lunch.

Program Location: Audubon Nature Center, indoors and out.
Special Information: Bring a FULL change of clothes and a lunch.

Tooling & Texturing on Metal (Adult+)
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
$39 Regular Price; $31 Friends of the Nature Center;
$31 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required Tuesday, February 23.
Limited enrollment.



Create a beautiful nature-themed wall hanging on aluminum and copper.

Art teacher Sue Yauchzy will provide all the materials and tools you need to create a lovely nature-themed art piece on tooling metal. Keep it for yourself, or give it as a gift.

Sue is a retired art teacher from the Frewsburg schools. She volunteers extensively at the Nature Center and is happy to share her artistic skills, tips, and tricks with you.

Program Location: Nature Center

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