Jamestown, N.Y. – The longest night of the year gives way to increasing light on the winter solstice. 

You can cheer on the lengthening days with a bonfire, a winter walk, a seasonal reflection led by Samsara Yoga Center, or just time spent outside at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Saturday, December 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

You are invited to enjoy a bonfire, snacks, and a reflective hike in celebration of the winter solstice on Saturday, December 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Audubon provides warm cocoa, cider, and snacks for participants in the pavilion on the west side of the property. Dress for the outdoors and, if you choose, experience a short, reflective hike, led by Samsara Yoga Center to celebrate the season. 

Participate in a release ceremony by creating a manifestation of something you would like to let go into the world –  a hope or wish for others or a weight or burden you wish to be free of. Then toss it into the fire to release it.

You will want to wear appropriate footwear for a short walk on snowy or muddy trails to get to the bonfire. If you have a travel mug, ACNC encourages you to bring it.

The fee for participating is $6 for adults, $2 for children 3-15, and free for ages two and under. 

Reservations are appreciated; walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to make reservations, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or go to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and click through “Current Schedule.”

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 building will be closed December 24 and 25 and January 1. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at 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.