January 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 Second Friday Lunch Bunch (Adult)
Honduras: Mayan Ruins and Eco-Resort – Michael Weishan
Friday, January 8, 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.

Mike Weishan shares his experiences in a photographic tour of his 10-day trip to the Mayan Ruins at Copan and his stay at an eco-resort in the Pico Bonito Rain Forest.

Mike Weishan traveled to Honduras to tour the Mayan Ruins at Copan, visit Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve, enjoy the Pico Bonito Rain Forest, visit the Cayos Cochinos Islands to snorkel the reef, and take a boat tour of the Cuero y Salado Manatee and Wildlife Refuge. Along with photographs, he’ll share his many experiences and things he learned about Honduras, including its Mayan History, wildlife, and culture.

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

Little Explorers (Children ages 3-8 and a grown-up)
Winter Wetlands
Saturday, January 9, 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, January 7, 2016.
Stop by, call with a credit card, or click here to pay and reserve.

This month we will learn about winter in a wetland! Little Explorers are children ages 3-8 and their grown-up or two. During this program we have a brief lesson, go for a nature walk, come back for a snack, and make a craft.

Wetlands are usually wet, and in the winter, water freezes. So what happens to the wetland? We will investigate the types of things that depend on a wetland and then explore how they survive the winter. We will take a walk outside to look for some winter activity in the snow, maybe even explore a pond if the ice isn’t too thick! We will come back inside for a snack and craft.

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

Audubon Nature Photography Club
Thursday, January 14, 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.

Doors Open Jamestown (All)
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 10:00am-4:30pm
Nature Center and grounds
Free admission
Reservations are not required.

Enjoy the Nature Center and other locations around town free of charge on this special day!

For the 11th year the Nature Center joins locations all over Jamestown for “Doors Open.” Jamestown residents, come out and get to know your hometown assets! On this day, admission is free and many places have special tours or events. Enjoy the Nature Center with its new “crawl-through” log, hands-on exhibits, live animals, a nature store, and plenty to do and see. Walk (or ski?) 5 miles of beautiful trails. See Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle.

From the original six attractions, this event has really expanded. Restaurants around the area will be open and many will have “Doors Open” specials. There will be drawings at each participating attraction. Watch for more information as the event approaches. Go to Doors Open Jamestown on Facebook or doorsopenjamestown.com for updates.

Intro to Volunteering at the Nature Center (All)
Saturday, January 23, 2016 11:00am-12:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
$ no fee
Reservations are requested by Thursday, January 21.
Stop by or call to reserve.

This introductory training will cover a brief history of Audubon Nature Center, review the many facets of the organization in which volunteers are involved and introduce participants to faces and places at the Nature Center. This training is appropriate for people interested in volunteering or new volunteers.

The workings of the Nature Center depend on the dedication and commitment of a strong volunteer crew. In the past year, we had almost 300 active volunteers who worked over 12,000 hours to support the Nature Center’s mission. On any given day, volunteers can be seen working on the trails, leading school groups, managing our membership program, feeding animals, and more.

Many of our programs and facilities would not be available without the strong support of our volunteers. For the volunteer, there are a myriad of benefits too.  Volunteering provides an opportunity to use skills and pursue interests, meet new people, and become part of a community.

Bring a bag lunch and join us for lunch after the program. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Program Location: Nature Center
Special Information: Program will be inside.

Snowshoe Hike with Evergreen Outfitters (All)
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Nature Center grounds
$20 includes snowshoe rental
$10 if you have your own snowshoes
Reservations with payment are required Friday, January 22.
To register, call Evergreen Outfitters at (716) 763-2266.


A great way to explore the winter outdoor world.

Grab some snowshoes and join us for a winter hike on Audubon Nature Center trails with Evergreen Outfitters, from Mayville, NY.

Whether you have snowshoed before or are looking to try a new winter activity, you will enjoy this winter hike. Snowshoes are available for rent from Evergreen Outfitters or you can bring your own. We’ll snowshoe on the trails with a naturalist, look for signs of animals, find insects that are active in the winter, and see how plants handle the cold temperatures. If it grabs our attention, we’ll explore it! General nature knowledge will be shared, along with enthusiasm and curiosity.

We plan to be out a little over an hour (about 1 1/2- 2 miles) and then come back to the Nature Center to warm up inside over some hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks. We may even try hand-feeding chickadees in the bird feeding area. Snacks and drinks will be provided but we can never have too many.  Bring a snack if you’d like to share.

Evergreen Outfitters is a locally owned and operated outdoor gear store. They are passionate about the outdoors and appreciate the opportunity to share that passion with you. Paddlesports, racks, and camping are their specialty. In addition to retail, you’ll find kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, lessons, and guided tours in the summer and snowshoe hikes and rentals during our winter months. Visit them at their new location at 61 Water St, Mayville, NY.

Program Location: Audubon Nature Center
Special Information: Dress for the weather and bring a snack if you’d like to share.

The Art of Making Maple Syrup (Adult)
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am
Plus another date to be determined in March

Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$16 Regular Price; $12 Friends of the Nature Center
$12 Children 9-15
Reservations are requested by Monday, January 25, 2016.

Learn the basic principles and procedures for making maple syrup through this introductory program, and then a trip to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House in Ashville, New York, in March.

The January 30 program will start in the Nature Center multipurpose room where you will learn, through a slide show and lecture, what it takes to make maple syrup.  Instructor Rick Rupprecht will bring samples of the equipment he uses and talk about alternatives that are available.

Each participant will receive a certificate good for a visit in March to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House: The Home of the Happy Pancakes, in Ashville, NY.  Because boiling sap is dependent on the weather, we cannot schedule this visit in advance.  Instead, it will be up to you to call Rick (his number will be on the certificate) and schedule the visit with him.  If you make the visit, you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh maple syrup at that time.

As a Nature Center volunteer, Rick Rupprecht does it all! He helps at festivals, leads children on discovery walks, presents programs for groups as an Audubon Ambassador, leads the elk field trip, and builds things for our displays and exhibits, to name just a few.  Rick has been making maple syrup for seven years.

Special Information: Dress for the weather.

February 2016

Snowflake Festival (all)
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
Family fun including sleigh rides, build a bird feeder, displays, food, and so much more.

Click here for more February Programs.