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Audubon To Host Volunteen Information Session Thursday

Audubon Community Nature Center is holding a VolunTeen roundtable discussion on Thursday, July 29, to consider developing a volunteer program specifically for teenagers. Pictured working on outdoor projects are teenagers, from left, Anastasia Kardoulias, Mallory Lohnes, Nilla Ecklof and Avery Lampo.

Inspired by the number of teenagers volunteering this summer, Audubon Community Nature Center officials are exploring creating a volunteer program just for teens who are passionate about nature and community service.

To consider all the possibilities, Tina Preston, ACNC volunteer coordinator, is inviting teens ages 13 to 19 to participate in an initial VolunTeen Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, July 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“This first roundtable discussion will offer participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and viewpoints, express their opinions, develop goals, and create a plan for next steps,” Preston said. “All teens are welcome, regardless of their future involvement.”

Preston will moderate the discussion that will explore questions like: What if Audubon had a volunteer program that was just for teens? What work would they do and how would they function? Would they conduct their own projects or help out the existing ACNC volunteer committees?

This summer teen volunteers at Audubon are serving as camp counselors-in-training and assisting the staff and other volunteers performing administrative work, gardening, volunteer coordination, and animal care.

Refreshments will be provided at the VolunTeen Roundtable.

To assist in the planning, reservations are appreciated by Wednesday, July 28, by calling 569-2345 or going through “Upcoming Programs” at AudubonCNC.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. Visit six miles of trails on the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily free of charge. The Nature Center building includes the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, exhibits, and the winning photographs from the 2020 Nature Photography Contest. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the nature center building is “by donation” until August 1, after which regular admission fees will resume.

Face coverings are not required outdoors, but unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear face coverings when inside the Nature Center building. To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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