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Area Residents Can Be Part Of Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Every little piece of trash makes a difference when it comes to keeping nature healthy.

Area residents can help nature and Audubon Community Nature Center by volunteering to collect trash along Route 62 for the autumn roadside cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.

The roadside cleanup is a way to engage middle school and older children through volunteerism. Volunteers ages 12 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In order to reduce contact between family groups, the roadside cleanup event has been modified slightly from previous years. Details are included with registration.

Because of COVID-19, face coverings are required for all participants for outdoor programs during which participants cannot maintain six feet of distance between family groups. Those participating must have a face covering available.

Participants are reminded to wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Those volunteering can bring their own gloves if they have them, but Audubon will have some to lend. Water bottles and snacks are also recommended.

Volunteers are welcome to enjoy the Nature Center exhibits, visit with Liberty the Bald Eagle, or hike the trails after their work is done.

It helps with planning if volunteers can make reservations by calling 569-2345 during business hours or registering online by going to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and clicking through “Current Schedule.”

The clean-up event takes place rain or shine, but will be rescheduled in the instance of thunder and lightning.

ACNC is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

The public is welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. Enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, while practicing safe social distancing measures.

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