About Audubon

Learn about Audubon Community Nature Center and meet the staff.
Contact and Hours
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.


Audubon Community Nature Center envisions a future where every child within our community has a real and healthy connection to nature.

Statement of Beliefs

  • We believe that a positive relationship with nature strengthens and enriches us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • We believe that all forms of life are interdependent and the diversity of nature is essential to our well-being.
  • We believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor and we dedicate ourselves to opening our eyes to the natural world.
  • We believe in sharing our passion with others so that they may be inspired to become stewards of the natural world.

Audubon Community Nature Center is a 570-acre wetland preserve that includes over five miles of trails, a native tree arboretum, picnic areas, a natural play space, and educational gardens for you to explore daily from dawn until dusk. You can visit Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her enclosure near the building. Public programs, animal ambassadors, and docents may also be available to enrich your experience.

Nature Center

The Nature Center itself is home to the Blue Heron Gift Shop and three floors of interactive exhibits, including live animals, which inform and engage visitors of all ages. The Nature Center also has spaces available to rent for your use.

Nature Center Hours:

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

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The trails and grounds are open daily, year round from dawn to dusk. 

Nature Center Admission:

Nature Center Members (adults and children) – Free
Non-member Adults ages 16 and up – $6
Non-member Children ages 3 – 15 – $2
Children ages 2 and under – Free
Maximum cost for a Family – $15

Sunday admission is free for all.
The trails and grounds are free to explore.

The Nature Center will be closed for the following holidays:
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Programs and Events

ACNC offers a variety of programs and events year round. These activities range in topic and scale, find what interests you. There is something for everyone at Audubon.

If you’re looking for something specific, you can schedule a program that fits your needs.

Trails and Rules
While planning your visit to ACNC, please read the general rules for the trails and building. These rules are in place to ensure a positive experience for all guests and help to protect the natural environment and the Nature Center. This preparation will help make the most of your experience at Audubon.
General Rules

To ensure the safety of the sanctuary and all visitors please remember these rules.
– No Pets
– No Bicycles or Motorized Vehicles (without permission) Strollers and Wheel Chairs are allowed.
– Please stay on the trails.
– You are welcome to use the picnic tables.
– Carry in and carry out your trash.
– Please don’t pick, collect or remove natural items.
– Please don’t feed, handle, or disturb animals.
– Alcoholic beverages prohibited (without permission).
– Fires prohibited (without permission).
– Fishing, hunting, or trapping prohibited.
– Firearms prohibited.

Click the button below to access a list of previous newsletters and annual report records.
Administrative Staff

Leigh Rovegno

Executive Director

Tina Preston

Administrative Assistant,
Volunteer Coordinator

Jeff Tome

Senior Nature Educator, Marketing

Educational Staff

Sarah Hatfield

Education Coordinator

Kim Turner

Animal Care Specialist,

Katie Finch

Senior Nature Educator,  Exhibits Manager

Chelsea Jandreau
Nature Educator

Emma Roth
Nature Educator

Reception Desk and Blue Heron Gift Shop

Joanne Miller

Gift Shop Manager and Receptionist

Claire Certo


Buildings and Grounds

Terry LeBaron

Buildings and Grounds Manager

Board of Directors






Board Member


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First Vice Chair


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Second Vice Chair


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Board Member

Van Ord

Board Member


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:

Nature Center 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

Show your SNAP/EBT card for free admission to the Nature Center.

Free admission for all non-members on Sundays.

Use of the trails and exploring the outdoor exhibits, are free year round, even on holidays, from dawn to dusk.

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.

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