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Audubon Enchanted Forest Has Second Opportunity, Repeating October 24

Those who missed the original sold-out weekend have another chance to experience the Enchanted Forest at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturday, Oct. 24. The cockroach pictured will be among several creatures that greet visitors and share stories along the luminary-lit trails.

Enchanted Forest, Audubon Community Nature Center’s non-scary Halloween event, sold out early this year, prompting Audubon officials to offer a second night on Saturday, Oct. 24.

In the Enchanted Forest, animals have the ability to speak human language and communicate with visitors. After starting at a backyard campfire, volunteer “fireflies” light the way with lanterns along a luminary-lit trail where walkers will meet talking animals.

Reservations for this guided walk are required. Walks start at 6 p.m. and go out every 15 minutes. The last walk starts at 8 p.m. (Sunset is 6:20 p.m.) Prepayment is required and reserves a specific time.

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.

ACNC requires a face covering when people cannot maintain physical distance, so plan to have one available and to wear it on the trail.

For the safety of participants and volunteers, there is no indoor portion of the event this year. However, craft bags (including materials and instructions) will be available to take home.

Space is limited. There are no ticket sales at the door and no refunds.

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. 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.

Audubon is grateful to this event’s sponsors: Forecon; Michaels; Northwest Investment Services; Saxton, Kocur, and Associates LLP, and Eagle Systems Inc.

Audubon Community Nature Center 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.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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