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Spring/Summer/Fall Hours
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Sunday, October 30, 2016
Walk the trails and visit Liberty dawn until dusk.
Building hours:
Monday through Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday is Free Admission Day
Plus special Building Hours* for programming and by appointment

Click the program titles below or here for more program details.

 

May 2016

14127086001_35be6a0038_zBird Banding – Spring Demonstrations (All)
Saturdays, May 7, 14, and 21, 2016, 7:00am-11:00am*

Join ornithologists on the west side of our property on Saturday mornings through May 21, weather permitting. Watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them to go on with their lives.

 

 

17723872474_5ece46539d_zFigure 8 the Lake (Adult)
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join authors Tom Erlandson and Linda Swanson for a fabulous road trip around Chautauqua Lake, tracing the path of their book, Figure 8 the Lake: A Driving Tourfeaturing the History, the Science, and the Fun of the Beautiful Chautauqua Lake and highlighting recent changes.

7250450836_fea4e03dbd_z.jpgPlant Exchange and Sale (All)
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:00am-3:00pm

Growing, healthy, blooming, tasty, beautiful plants is one of the best parts of spring! Come and exchange plants, knowledge, tips and tricks at our annual Plant Exchange and Sale.

 

24026069680_0aa1d0e311_zGetting the Most from your Point and Shoot Camera (Adult)
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Learn with photographer Terry Radecki how to create better photos with your point and shoot camera.

 

 

5772678466_056d4c3181_zBirds & Blooms Walk (Adult+)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 9:00am-11:00am
Rain Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Walk beautiful trails with bird and flower experts during the spring woodland wildflower and bird migration season.

 

 

 

14819642535_914440b2dc_zContemplative Photography (Adult)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Learn with photographer Jennifer Schlick an approach to photography that encourages clear seeing.
**Register for Course Number 7146 through Jamestown Community College. See details on website.

 

 

June 2016

Contemplative Photography (Adult)
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jamestown Community College
North County Center
10807 Bennett Road
Dunkirk, NY 14048
$29 per person Reservations with payment** are required by Monday, May 23

Learn with photographer Jennifer Schlick an approach to photography that encourages clear seeing. **Register forCourse Number 4827 through Jamestown Community College. Click here to be directed to JCC’s website for registration.

Edible Audubon- Spring into Summer (Adult+) Lamb's Quarter
Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$20 Regular Price; $16 Friends of the Nature Center;
$16 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Tuesday, May 31.
Call or click here to reserve.

With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store. Learn to identify plants that have edible parts this time of year.

 

Tom Tells about a Very Old Beech TreeAllegany Nature Pilgrimage (All)
Friday, June 3, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016
Allegany State Park, Camp Allegany
$40 Adults; $20 Students
$5 Children 5-18; Children under 5 free.
Early Bird Reservations with payment are required by April 24. Admission goes up $10 after the early bird registration.
Reserve at www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com

Imagine spending a weekend in the woods relaxing and learning about the natural world. Now imagine doing that with a whole crew of like-minded people. The pilgrimage is a 58-year-old tradition that draws hundreds of people to Allegany State Park each spring.

Swallowtail by Jeff ZablowFirst Friday Lunch Bunch (Adult)
Friday, June 3, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations are not required.

Jeff Zablow shares his beautiful photographs of butterflies – some “captured” right here at the Nature Center, and most species that can be found in our “neighborhood.”

IMG_6180DSLR Boot Camp (Adult)
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room & grounds
$48 Regular Price; $36 Friends of the Nature Center;
Reservations with payment are required Wednesday, June 1.
Call or click here to reserve.

Learn with photography instructor Mark Kirsch how to wean yourself off the automatic mode on a digital SLR camera. (This class is NOT designed for point and shoot cameras.)

IMG_9819MAPS Bird Banding (All)
Saturday, June 4, 11, 25, 2016,6:00am-12:00pm*
Additional dates in July and August.
All dates subject to change.  Check the Nature Center website for updates.
Pavilion on the west side of the Nature Center’s property
$ Free, donations appreciated.
Reservations are not required.

Join research ornithologists as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science. *Actual times may vary; the protocol requires opening the nets at dawn and monitoring birds for six hours.
Check our website for updates and date changes caused by foul weather.

Audubon Nature Photography Club
Thursday, June 9, 2016,6:30pm-9:00pm 
Camera tips and tricks, photo critique, guest speaker. For more information about the club, visit www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/jasphotoclub789?fref=ts, call Cathy Abers-Kimball, club president, at (716) 664-3707 weekdays, or email jasphotoclub@gmail.com. $5 to visitors.

15101778338_91b4f79951_zNature Center Lunch Bunch (Adult)
From Analysis Paralysis to Creative License:
How I Wandered Into Bird Photography – Kim Sherwood
Friday, June 10, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm
Followed by BYO brown bag lunch and conversation/
We provide the coffee and tea.

Fredonia Grange #1
58 West Main Street
Fredonia, NY 14063
Reservations are not required.

Modeled after our First Friday Lunch Bunch, this program starts with a 45-60 minute talk followed by BYO brown bag lunch and conversation.

Pearl Crescent - by Jennifer SchlickLittle Explorers (Children ages 3-8 and a grown-up)
Powerful Pollinators
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center;
$6 Children ages 3-8
Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, June 9.
Call or click here to reserve.

Little Explorers are children ages 3-8 and their grown-up, or two. During this program we have a brief lesson, go for a nature walk, come back for a snack, and make a craft. This month we’ll learn about all about pollinators and their jobs and roles.

BirdfeederFather’s Day Birdfeeder Building  (Adult+)
Sunday, June 19, 2016 1:30pm-3:00pm or 3:00pm-4:30pm  
Nature Center grounds and maintenance building
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center;
$6 Children 3-15; Free children 2 & under
PLUS $6 per birdfeeder (one feeder for every two children)
Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, June 16.
Please call to reserve.

Learn about birds that visit feeders, different types of feeders, and spend time with family while you build a wooden birdfeeder on Father’s Day.

IMG_9842Coffee Shop Series: Nature Tangles (Adult+)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center;
$9 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, June 20.
Call or click here to reserve.

Unleash your creativity in this fun “drawing” workshop that requires no previous expertise! And yes, there is coffee!

 

Tree Trimmings TeepeeCoffee Shop Series: Creating Nature Play Areas in Your Yard (Adult+)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center;
$9 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, June 20.
Call or click here to reserve.

Learn how to create natural play areas in your yard using plantings, cuttings, and on-hand materials. You don’t need to live in a forest to have natural places kids love.

10030133064_e4640d92f6_zCoffee Shop Series: Easy Edibles (Adult+)
Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center;
$9 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Tuesday, June 21.
Call or click here to reserve.

Learn about easy to find and easy to identify wild edible plants in the workshop for beginning foragers. And yes, there’s coffee too!

Attracting Night InsectsAudubon After Dark (All)
Friday, June 24, 2016, 8:30pm-10:30pm
Nature Center grounds
$16 Regular Price; $12 Friends of the Nature Center
$12 Children ages 3-15; $Free children 2 and under.
Reservations with payment are required by June 21.
Call or click here to reserve.

Get a rare chance to explore the Nature Center at night! There will be a campfire and tons of great activities, including a night hike, moth night light, and a chance to see Synchronous Fireflies that all flash at once.

 


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