Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is participating in Small Business Saturday on November 30, the national shopping day created to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. 

Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop is stocked for the holidays with gifts including new puppets and plush animals, a wide variety of children’s books, nature and guide books, nature-themed gifts, and locally made jams, jellies, honey, beeswax candles, soaps, and more. 

Everything in the gift shop will be 10% off for all visitors on this day only.

Shoppers visiting between 10 a.m. and noon can enjoy the treat of cookies from Ecklof Bakery in Jamestown and coffee. 

After shopping, take a nature break by walking the trails, playing in the outdoor and indoor nature play areas, and visiting the live animals. There is a small admission fee to explore the Nature Center, but you can enjoy the gift shop and outdoor activities for free. Be sure to see the giant spotted salamander and turtle sculptures in the outdoor Nature Play Area.

Just down the road, there is also the Second Annual Pop-Up Art Gallery happening 11 a.m to 6 p.m. at Sandhill Designs, 149 Frissell Road. While you’re in the neighborhood, consider exploring the art there created by Audubon’s own staff person Kim Turner, Audubon volunteers Wendy Bale and Debra Eck, and area artist Karen Glosser. The event will feature arts and crafts furniture, cut paper art, drawings, watercolor paintings, prints, photographs, hand-made books, and holiday and greeting cards.

Year-round hours for the Blue Heron Gift Shop and Nature Center building are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. 

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn about the many programs offered at ACNC, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org. 

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.