Outdoor Adventure

Audubon To Host Nature Play Day Feb. 18

The Audubon Community Nature Center invites children between the ages of 2 and 8 and their favorite adults to Nature Play Day outdoors on Sunday, Feb. 18. There are so many possibilities in the snow, like making a “watermelon” and coloring it with colored water spray.

The Audubon Community Nature Center invites children between the ages of 2 and 8 and their favorite adults to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

The center’s next Nature Play Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Extra materials will be placed in the play area and a naturalist will be present to answer questions and provide information. Unstructured play outdoors is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences. Nature Play Day aims to inspire both children and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children can play as long as their grownups stay with them. Adults may want to bring a chair, snack and water or a warm drink. Those attending should dress in layers of warm clothing and wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Waterproof or water resistant gloves or mittens are recommended. Those attending may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

The fee is $6 per child for children ages 2 to 8; no charge for adults. Pay on arrival or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

While Nature Play Day is planned for rain, snow or shine, in the case of severe weather, the program will be cancelled. To confirm, call 569-2345.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation and Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The three-story Nature Center contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop; building hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.