Notice – The Nature Center restrooms and exhibits will be closed this summer. The trails and Liberty the Bald Eagle are still open to visitors daily from dawn to dusk. The Blue Heron Gift Shop is offering curbside pick-up for birdseed and other items. Click here to learn more about programs and events are available during this time.

About Audubon

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

Vision

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.
Overview

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 Admission:

Nature Center Members (adults and children) – Free
Non-member Adults – $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.

Archives
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

Educational Staff

Sarah Hatfield

Education Coordinator

Kim Turner

Education Assistant,
Designer

Jeff Tome

Senior Nature Educator, Marketing

Katie Finch

Senior Nature Educator,  Exhibits Manager

Chelsea Jandreau
Nature Educator

Reception Desk and Blue Heron Gift Shop

Joanne Miller

Gift Shop Manager and Resource Person

Buildings and Grounds

Terry LeBaron

Buildings and Grounds Manager

Board of Directors

Andrew
Harrington

Chairman

Robert
Klebacha

Treasurer

Elisabeth
Hall

Board Member

Brittany
Wilcox

Board Member

Greg
Lyle

First Vice Chair

Louise
Boutwell

Board Member

Tim
Piotrowski

Board Member

Leigh
Rovegno

Ex-Officio

Dave
Burlee

Second Vice Chair

Linnea
Carlson

Board Member

Tim
Smeal

Board Member

Penny
Lester

Secretary

Willow
Fodor

Board Member

Piper
Van Ord

Board Member

Address

Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345
info@auduboncnc.org

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

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

Sunday
Closed

Click here for holiday closings

Admission
Temporarily by donation

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.

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
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Boocha Family
Bush Industries Inc.
Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance

Hal and Mary Conarro
Jan Simons Boyle