Volunteer Needs During COVID-19

During this quarantine period for COVID-19 crisis, Audubon still has ways that you can help from home, if you are able.

Interested in volunteering? View the volunteer needs below to see how you can help.
Questions? Please email Tina Preston at tpreston@auduboncnc.org.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Counselor-in-Training / Junior Counselor for Day Camp

ACNC uses assistants in most camp sessions. CITs and JCs are teenagers wanting to gain experience working with children, volunteer with community organizations, or increase their level of responsibility. ACNC holds a training session for all CITs and new JCs. Interested teens should fill out an online application. CITs are 13 -15 and must attend a training. Trainings are three hours and are held on Mondays, by appointment, and must be completed before the first week of camp with which they are assisting. ACNC encourages a week of observation during the June 29 -July 2 camps if possible. JCs are 16+ who either have been a CIT or JC previously, or must attend the training session.

Contact the Camp Director, Sarah Hatfield, at shatfield@auduboncnc.org or (716) 569-2345 with questions.

Click here for the application form



Pull Water Chestnut - June 6

Water Chestnut Pull (Adults)
Saturday, June 6, 2020

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. registration
9:00 a.m. – noon Work Party

Reservations required by midnight June 4, 2020. Limited capacity.
Registration Required – Click here to register

Your help is needed to help Audubon pull Water Chestnut out of Big Pond. This invasive plant from Asia takes over shallow ponds and steals the light and nutrients from native plants. Volunteers will walk and kayak in the pond to pull the plants, which should be about the size of a half dollar at this time of year.

Audubon has a limited number of kayaks and waders for volunteers to use. Volunteers and staff will not share equipment due to coronavirus. ACNC encourages you to bring your own chest waders if you have them, wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. There is a brief training session prior to the pull and ACNC requests that you wear masks during this training. Most of the time you will be able to physically distance yourself from others during the pull.

Staff and volunteers have been striving to remove this plant for the last eight years and have made great progress. The seeds remain viable in the pond muck for as long as 12 years. By pulling the plants each year, fewer and fewer seeds remain. Eventually, only minimal pulling to safeguard the pond will be needed.

Special Information: Bring a change of clothes or towels. Gloves and a limited amount of gear is provided. If you have chest waders, ACNC encourages you to bring them. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)

Many of ACNC’s volunteers are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center:

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


Click here for holiday closings

Temporarily by donation

Grounds and Liberty:

Daily, year round from dawn to dusk
Free of charge

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.

Curt and Susie Westrom

Bob and Kathy Frucella
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation