Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions received by Audubon Community Nature Center.
When can I visit ACNC

You are welcome to explore the grounds daily from dawn until dusk.
The Nature Center building hours are as follows:
Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 4:30 p.m.

The Nature Center is closed for the following holidays:

  • Easter Sunday
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day
Is there a map of the trails?
How much does it cost to visit ACNC?

There is an admission to explore the Nature Center building, but it is free to visit grounds, from dawn until dusk.

Admission costs for the Nature Center:
Nature Center Members – Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16 and up) – $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 – 15) – $2
Children ages 2 and under – Free
Maximum cost for a Family – $15

 Sundays are free admission days for all. Special prices may apply during some events or programs.

The Nature Center offers free building admission in recognition of the following holidays:

  • Juneteenth
  • Memorial Day
  • Indigenous People’s Day
  • Veteran’s Day
Are pets allowed at ACNC?

To ensure the safety of the sanctuary and all visitors, pets, including dogs*, are not allowed.

*Service dogs with proper identification are allowed.

How do I volunteer?
We have many different volunteer opportunities. Check out our volunteer page to learn more about volunteering and how to get in touch.
Do you have any job openings?
Our job opening are limited and often seasonal. Check our jobs page for the most up to date information on available positions.
I found an orphaned animal, what should I do with it?
If you care, leave them there. Often times parents are out for the day gathering food or even watching from a distance to prevent attracting predators to their young. Adult animals frequently leave their young throughout the day. This helps reduce the chance of attracting a predator to it. It is best to leave the animal where you found it, undisturbed. Many times it is not truly abandoned. There are some occasions when a dead parent is near a baby and so it may truly be orphaned. Click here to learn more on how best to deal with young wildlife.
I found a baby bird that fell out of the nest, what should I do with it?
The best thing to do is put the bird carefully back into the nest (or the nest itself back into the tree). But do this only if you can do it safely. Don’t worry about getting your scent on the bird, parent birds will not abandon a nestling simply because you have touched it. Some birds that appear to have fallen from the nest are actually recently fledged and are learning to fly. They will not stay in the nest. Let them be, the best way to learn is to try. Click here to learn more.
I found an injured animal, what should I do with it?
If you encounter a wild animal that is obviously injured or orphaned (be sure it is truly orphaned, often times mother is out for the day gathering food or even watching from a distance to prevent attracting predators to her young), you may wish to call a Wildlife Rehabilitator for advice and help. Wildlife Rehabilitators, volunteers licensed by the DEC in New York or your local game commission in Pennsylvania, are the only people legally allowed to receive and treat distressed wildlife. Please make sure you contact the state in which you found the animal.
Animal Help Now is another helpful resource for general animal issues. Click here to visit their website.
Still need help? Contact Audubon.
For any other questions, please write to or call (716) 569-2345


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

Thank you, Community Partners

Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Curt and Susie Westrom
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Bob Frucella's Tax Service

Bush Furniture, a Brand of eSolutions Furniture 

Hal and Mary Conarro

Univera Healthcare

Weinberg Financial Group

Whirley Drinkworks