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Reservations Accepted For Audubon Enchanted Forest On Oct. 1-2

This Praying Mantis will be among several creatures that greet visitors and share stories along the trails at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest. Spaces are already filling up for the Oct. 1-2 event.

Spaces are filling up fast for Enchanted Forest, Audubon Community Nature Center’s non-scary Halloween event designed for children and their adults.

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2, talking animals engage people’s imagination, maybe make them laugh, and teach something about wildlife in the region. Animals have the ability to speak human language and communicate with visitors. Volunteer “fireflies” light the way with lanterns along a luminary-lit Enchanted Trail to meet them.

Enchanted Forest happens rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather. For protection from biting insects like mosquitoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes, and insect repellent are recommended. Halloween costumes are welcome.

After the walk, stop in the backyard for a campfire and refreshments and inside the building for an animal-themed craft and exhibits.

Reservations for this guided walk are required. Walks start at 6 p.m. and go out every 10 minutes, with each walk lasting about 40 minutes. (Sunset is 6:45 p.m.) The last walk starts at 8 p.m. (Sunset is 6:45 p.m.) Prepayment is required and reserves a specific time.

The fee is $12, $9 for Nature Center members, $6 for children ages 3-15, and free for children 2 and under.

To reserve a spot, call 569-2345 during business hours or visit AudubonCNC.org/EnchantedForest. There are no ticket sales at the door and no refunds.

ACNC will continue to take into consideration regional data from both Chautauqua and Warren counties to make COVID-19 related decisions and to follow CDC recommendations at minimum. To review ACNC’s most up-to-date COVID-19 requirements, which include information on face coverings and gathering limitations, visit AudubonCNC.org and read the COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page.

Enchanted Forest is presented through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. To learn how you can volunteer, visit AudubonCNC.org/Volunteer.

Sponsors include Curt and Susie Westrom, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Bush Industries, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Scott Electric Foundation, Hal and Mary Conarro, Metallic Ladder Mfg. Corp., Univera Healthcare, and Whirley-Drinkworks!

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