Become a SponsorSponsors help Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) keep the costs of programs and events low for the community and increase the sponsor’s visibility. It’s a win-win!
Sponsor An Event
Events at ACNC strive to bring fun and discovery to the general public year round. Each event is inspired by a different natural theme. With your help, Audubon can continue to build community traditions that connect people to nature while keeping costs affordable. Event sponsorships range from in-kind to organizational sponsors.
See below for a list of events available to sponsor.
Events Available For Sponsorships
Enchanted Forest is a non-scary Halloween event for children and their adults. Walk luminary-lit trails through Audubon Nature Community Center and meet actors dressed as animals. They will engage your imagination, make you laugh, and teach you something about wildlife in the region. After your walk you are welcome to gather around the fire or explore the Nature Center, make crafts and enjoy snacks.
Sponsor Enchanted Forest
OctoberFEAST, an evening of fun, friendship, and giving, is one of Audubon Community Nature Center’s biggest fundraisers. Truly a night to remember, complete with a tapas dinner, and live and silent auction items all presented with pithy and sometimes hilarious banter between emcee and auctioneer. Sponsors and auction items or experiences are both greatly appreciated.
Contact Program Director Jennifer Schlick, (716) 569-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for details.
Winter Lights is a collaborative event between Audubon Community Nature Center and Volt Vision. Join Audubon for this active and educational light experience that you control. Over 10,000 lights along the trail inform and entertain all ages. Walk the trails lit by luminaries while stopping throughout at interactive stations, warm up at the fire with a warm drink and snacks, and visually absorb the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.
Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival
Snowflake Local Living Festival is Audubon Community Nature Center’s longest running festival. Winter is a time to connect with nature differently than in other seasons. You are invited to explore the trail by snowshoes or cross-country skis, take a hike with a naturalist, build a wooden nest box, play winter games, make butter, braid a rug, or simply warm your hands by the fire in the backyard. Inside the Nature Center, you can watch a live birds of prey program or browse the vendors to learn more about sustainable living practices through demonstrations and hand crafted goods. Other activities include dog sled demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, and children’s crafts. It is open house style, though some activities do have scheduled times.
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 one week 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.
Secret Gardens Tour
Wild 5K is an annual trail race through Audubon Community Nature Center’s grounds. Throughout the years, ACNC has carefully protected the unique property it calls home, opening an educational window into the importance of maintaining habitat for all. Registrations for this race help to raise awareness and continue the protection of this diverse land. The habitat at ACNC is diverse, ranging from open fields to marshy glens. Each year this family-friendly race focuses on a different habitat of ACNC. Runners and walkers alike are invited to explore the twists and turns of the trails from a new perspective during this scenic 5K.
Sponsor Wild 5K
Monarch Butterfly Festival gives visitors a hands-on experience with live Monarch Butterflies at all stages of their life cycle. The festival is full of activities, from holding a caterpillar to catching a butterfly. Mexican food is available in honor of the Monarch Butterflies’ migration to Mexico each winter. The evening prior to the festival is Monarchs & Margaritas, an adult version of the festival. Visitors also learn how they can help the butterfly population.
Sponsor Monarch Festival