Audubon Nature Play Day Is July 20

"Cooking" is just one of the possibilities at Audubon Community Nature Center's Nature Play Day. A naturalist is on hand to answer questions from the two- to eight-year-old children and their adults who come to experience play opportunities in the outdoors on Saturday July 20.

Nature Play Days at the Audubon Community Nature Center are an opportunity to let two- to eight-year-old children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while adults can learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Those attending are welcome to drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, July 20, and stay as long as they would like. Adults are required to stay with their children. A naturalist is on hand to answer questions and offer information. Audubon Community Nature Center staff conduct a survey during the event to better understand nature play. Participation is voluntary but appreciated.

July 20 is the last Nature Play Day when those attending can come early to observe bird banding at the pavilion by the west entrance. Weather permitting, ornithologists will be banding from 6 a.m. to noon.

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

Adults may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a drink.

The program is free through support by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Legacy Funds from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 569-2345 or going online to AudubonCNC.org/programs and clicking on “Current Schedule.” 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 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.

For more information, call 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.