Enjoy Together Time in Audubon’s Nature Play Room

A grant from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation helped the Audubon Community Nature Center make upgrades to the skyroom of its building. Because of COVID-19 precautions, the Nature Play Room is now available only by reservation.

With a reservation for Audubon Community Nature Center’s Nature Play Room, area residents can enjoy a few hours of play for up to 10 people.

After the opening of the space in the winter of 2019, visitors flocked to the skyroom for an indoor nature play experience. With loose parts such as a camp kitchen, blocks, binoculars, and a vernal pool to catch frogs and salamanders, children enjoyed free play with and about nature.

With support from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Audubon made upgrades in the spring to make the visitor experience more enjoyable. New carpet and air conditioning, cloud-shaped sound panels, and window clings that prevent bird strikes and reduce heat are a few of the improvements. Also added were new items to replace worn ones or enhance the play.

With so many touchable surfaces and items in the room, while COVID-19 remains a health risk, the room is currently open by reservation only.

Groups of as many as 10 people may reserve the Nature Play Room for up to three hours on a Friday or Saturday during the building’s open hours from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This opportunity is free for Nature Center members or $25 for potential members.

Paid reservations are required and can be made by calling the Nature Center during open hours at 569-2345.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

The 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. Activities include the native tree arboretum, gardens, and six miles of trails and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, while practicing safe social distancing measures.

To learn more about Audubon, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.


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