About Audubon

Learn more about what Audubon Community Nature Center is, what it believes in, and why its work is essential.
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 live birds of prey 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

Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Sunday admission to the Nature Center is free for all.
The trails and grounds are free to explore.

The Nature Center offers free building admission in recognition of the following holidays:
Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth,  Indigenous People’s Day, and Veteran’s Day.

The Nature Center will be closed in recognition of 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.

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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.

Bruce and Juline Battler

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Holmberg Foundation

Hultquist Foundation

Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation

Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation




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