Audubon Sets Nature Play Day

The Audubon Community Nature Center's next Nature Play Day is Saturday. Accompanied by their favorite adults, children between the ages of two and eight can be creative, explore and have fun in Audubon's Nature Play Area, while a naturalist is available to answer questions. The program is free due to grants the Audubon has received from local funders.

The third Saturday morning of every month is Nature Play Day at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon is the next opportunity for children between the ages of 2 and 8 to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while their favorite grownups learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Nature Play Days are free and have an open house format, so those attending can stay as long as they like.

Young children can be creative with what nature provides — plus a few additional supplies from Audubon. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information.

Adults are required to stay with their children, and they may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a drink.

Be prepared to play outside. Wear clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. Those attending may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

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

Reservations are appreciated and can be made through the Programs page at Walk-ins are welcome.

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 Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.