Audubon Nature Center To Host Nature Play Day Sunday

Audubon Community Nature Center invites 2 to 8 year olds and their favorite adults to Nature Play Day outdoors on Sunday. Children may enjoy gathering up evergreen branches like the girl pictured.

The Audubon Community Nature Center will host Nature Play Day from 1-4 p.m. Sunday for adults and a child between the ages of 2 and 8.

Extra materials will be placed in the play area such as mud kitchen equipment, hammocks, weaving material or natural building materials. 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. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play. Children can play as long as they like as long as their adults stay with them. Parents may want to bring a chair, snack and water or a warm drink. Children need to be prepared to play outside, wearing clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Parents may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

The fee is $6 per child ages two to eight and free for adults. Those attending can pay on arrival or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

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

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Community Nature Center has more than five miles of maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building, open daily, houses the Blue Heron Gift Shop and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Interactive displays focus visitors’ attention on ways to celebrate nature hands-on. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle, in her outdoor habitat.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.

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