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The connection begins with you.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

Many of the events, programs and workshops at ACNC contain an outdoor component. Audubon believes that experiencing the natural world first hand is key in developing a connection to the planet. Check out what is happening at Audubon.

Nature affects us. We affect nature. Many of ACNC’s programs help to understand the components of natural ecosystems and how people fit into and impact the systems. Learn more about scheduling educational programs through Audubon.

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. Learn how your actions impact the planet and find simple ways to increase your positive impacts through volunteering. Find your place at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Recent News


The Joys and Perils of Ice

The Joys and Perils of Ice

When we go into nature, we can learn far more than how to identify a tree by its leaves or the scientific names of each butterfly. You choose how you want to experience the outdoors. If you are someone who wants to learn more information about the ecology or biology found in your local park, go for it, but if you want to go outside with headphones and decompress on a walk in the woods or around a lake, you can do that too. People connect with nature in ways that connect to their life. This changes depending on your current situation or even just as you age.

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My Office Nature Collection

My Office Nature Collection

By Sarah Hatfield Let’s take a tour of my desk at work! You’re thinking, “this is a strange topic and sounds boring.” Perhaps! You’ll have to read on to find out. But it was my turn to write the article and I forgot, and this is what my brain can do today. As a...

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Sense of Place

Sense of Place

In classrooms, I tell students we teach about local nature because they may have a chance to see these things in real life. If they have experiences outside, nature can continue this lesson for them. Nature can also be their teacher – or already has been.

I think it is also something more. I think we choose to interpret local systems and their inhabitants because it helps develop a sense of place. A sense of place is defined as the characteristics that make a place what it is. It is also the feel we have about a place and the meanings we attach to it. This idea of a sense of place feels obvious, yet is hard to explain. It feels simple, yet highly significant to understanding our world and ourselves in it.

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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