Jamestown, N.Y. – This year, how would you like to give your Valentine – or yourself – a gift that will give years of pleasure, be good for the environment, and support Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC)?

Audubon is taking orders for carefully selected seed varieties that will grow into a summer-long bouquet that attracts Monarchs and other butterflies.

ACNC’s Monarch Mix will grow plants that thrive in full to partial sun. Each set of seeds includes separate envelopes of Purple Coneflower, Lance-leafed Coreopsis, Swamp Milkweed, Blue Vervain, and Mexican Sunflower.  

Seed sets are bundled and gift-wrapped together with a color photo booklet complete with planting instructions.

The Mexican Sunflowers, an annual plant, will bloom throughout the first summer and fall to attract migrating Monarchs while the other native perennials will take a year or so to become fully established and bloom. 

All of these seeds flourish in regular soil types and all of the perennials are found in Audubon’s native garden in front of the Nature Center. 

Your purchase of seeds through Audubon helps to introduce more Monarch habitats to the area while supporting Audubon’s mission to connect people to nature.

Deadline to order the Monarch Seed Selection is Monday, January 31. Cost is $30 for each set of five seed packets.

To place your order, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, or click this link.

Orders can be picked up at the Nature Center on Friday, February 11, or Saturday, February 12, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Orders can also be mailed with an additional $5 shipping and handling fee.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Dawn to dusk daily you can hike, snowshoe and cross country ski the six miles of trails, view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, and enjoy the outdoor Nature Play Area, all for free. 

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, the 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 14:30 p.m. Nature Center members enjoy free building admission daily, and building admission is free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members as well. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org. All visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear face coverings while inside the building; any updates to these requirements can be found at the COVID-19 Notice on that webpage.

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.