Jamestown, N.Y. – This holiday season Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is celebrating Christmas with the Critters on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

You can sign up for the 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or noon time slots for an open house hour that is all about the animals. 

There will be live animals out and ready to visit with you, animal specimens and artifacts for you to explore, a craft station where you can make a holiday gift for the wild critters, a behind-the-scenes eagle tour, and mini-presentations about the live animals every half hour. 

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 3 to 15, and free for children two and under. Or you could choose instead to give a gift taken from and purchased for the Giving Tree, located in ACNC’s lobby. The gift items list is also online at DreamList.com/for/ACNCGivingTree. Gifts should be wrapped and presented to the receptionist, redeemable for admission. Cash and credit cards are accepted as well. 

Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up for indoor events, and reservations must be made ahead of time.

Space is limited and paid reservations are required by 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 30. 

To register, call the Nature Center during open hours at (716) 569-2345 or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.” Choose “pay by mail” if you are bringing a gift as admission.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

You are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can enjoy the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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.