Day Camp

Summer Day Camp actively engages children with the outdoors, captivating their interest and inspiring them to partner with the natural world. ACNC achieves this by providing campers with time for free play, indirect educational opportunities, interactive lessons, and discovery-based activities. Summer Day Camp BrochureRegister Now

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Day Camps are run by a mix of seasoned naturalists, interns and trained assistants. All of the naturalists have over 10 years of experience working with children in informal education settings. Interns have some experience working with children and teach for a month at ACNC before they teach day camp. Middle and High School assistants go through a leadership course to learn expectations and more about leading small groups of children.

Audubon camps have one basic rule: Respect. Respect nature. Respect yourself. Respect others and their things. ACNC believes that all children benefit from having great experiences outdoors, learning more about the natural world and more about themselves.

*Friends of the Nature Center receive discounted rates. Click here to learn about financial need and merit-based camp scholarships.

Summer Camp

Day Camp is designed for children in pre-K through grade 12 to get out and explore the natural world. Structured and unstructured activities and play create a well-rounded, free-choice experience for all children. Camps run four days per week for eight weeks during the summer. Different age breakdowns occur on different weeks.

New this year: ACNC is offering early drop-off and later pick-up for campers. These are offered every week of camp and are titled Pre-Camp and Post-Camp for each week. This extends the camp day with activities and adventures for campers and gives adults more flexibility in their schedule. Prices and times are listed on the registration page.

Thank you 2019 Day Camp sponsors for your generous support. 

Lakewood Rod
and Gun Club

433 East Terrace Avenue
Lakewood, NY 14750

Chautauqua Federation
of Sportsmen

PO Box 681
Fredonia, NY 14063

Northern Chautauqua
Conservation Club

1 North Mullet Street
Dunkirk, NY 14048

Camper Scholarships
Scholarships and Camperships: Coming to camp can be a life-changing experience. ACNC wants your child to have that opportunity and we recognize that there are sometimes financial considerations. ACNC offers both financial need-based camperships and, with generous support from Robert and Kathleen Frucella, merit-based scholarships. It is the goal of ACNC to give every child who wants to attend camp the chance to do so.
Mud Camp
It is a spring day of Day Camp. Designed for children in grades Kindergarten through grade 7, this camp is held during the regularly scheduled spring break. Campers will explore the grounds in the spring, play some favorite games, make crafts, and enjoy the season. During the day they will play and learn and find out more about the world in the spring season. If you’ve never been to camp before, this is a great opportunity to see what it is all about. If Day Camp is a regular part of your summer then you can visit with old friends and have a reunion. Campers will break up into age groups for some activities and come together as a big group for others.
Snow Camp
Snow camp is similar to holiday camp, but takes place on President’s day. Shake up the winter doldrums with this fun filled day of camp in the winter! Kids aged 4 and older are invited to come to Audubon for the day to play, learn and explore this time of year. Campers will certainly head outside, but also do some inside camp games and songs to remind them of summer. It is a great day to visit with old friends, make new friends, and spend time together.
Holiday Camp
It is a day of Day Camp, in the winter. Come and spend the day at Audubon doing camp things, but with a winter twist. Kids aged 4 and older are invited to come to the Nature Center for the day. So much happens at Day Camp in the summer, and it is so long between the seasons, that ACNC takes a winter day during the holiday break and invites all the campers and their friends back for a fun. Campers will certainly head outside, but also do some inside camp games and songs to remind them of summer. It is a great day to visit with old friends, make new friends, and spend time together.


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions


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

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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.

Bob and Kathy Frucella

The Boocha Family
Bush Industries Inc.
Community Foundation of Warren County
Hal and Mary Conarro
Defrees Family Memorial Fund