Updated November 2020
Dear friends and community members,
Thank you for your continued support by attending programs, volunteering in responsible ways, and by making purchased through the Blue Heron Gift Shop. We are thrilled to see so many of you continuing to walk the trails and visit with Liberty.
The WNY region continues to adjust its level of safety based on current COVID-19 cases and trends. Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has reopened portions of the building and has adjusted indoor exhibits to keep everyone safe. As a result, there are no admission fees, but we encourage donations to continue to maintain the building and trails. It continues to be important to take precautions and be smart when engaging with others at this point. To read more about ACNC’s plan to remain open, click here.
ACNC strives to maintain a safe and healthy facility for visitors, volunteers, and staff at all times. ACNC understands the continued concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and they are taking the following measures to ensure the safety of volunteers, staff, and community members:
- ACNC is following the state directives issued by the governor of New York.
- ACNC’s trails and Liberty viewing are open as normal and you are encouraged to get outside to keep active, enjoy the fresh air, and stay healthy. Please remember to practice distancing, even on trails. ACNC asks that you have face coverings on-hand in case you are unable to maintain distance from others during your visit.
- Access to the indoor portions of the Nature Center are limited by occupancy based on state guidelines.
4. All program areas are sanitized between groups, and high-touch exhibit elements are sanitized every two hours
5. Face coverings are required while inside the Nature Center and when within six feet of non-family members on the grounds.
ACNC guidelines for safe trail use are as follows:
- Please, no dogs.
- Visits should be solitary, family groups, or with small groups. Those travelling from non-contiguous states are asked to complete their required quarantine before visiting.
- Be ready to move quickly through places where people tend to congregate, such as the parking lot and trail heads.
- Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others outside your inner circle.
- Visitors are not required to wear a face covering* outdoors when maintaining distance, however we ask that you have them available to use in case you cannot maintain distance from other visitors.
- Avoid areas of high congestion when others are present, and limit your time in those spaces. This includes all trail structures and the Nature Play Area.
- Stay home if you do not feel well.
- If you arrive and crowds are forming, choose a different trail or return another time/day to visit.
Please note, that if ACNC staff witnesses or receives notice of any visitors who are not complying with the guidelines listed above that they reserve the right to ask visitors to leave the premises.
*Face coverings are still required if visitors are not able to maintain social distance and are from different households.
These guidelines are based on recommendations made by the CDC and New York State.
For public programs and events, monitoring the CDC and New York State information provides the latest recommendations and duration of quarantine and social distancing. At this point, small programs and gatherings of fewer than 25 people permitted. These programs are outdoors when possible, distant when possible, and require face coverings if distance is not possible. For current listings, check auduboncnc.org/programs.
For private programs and rentals, small rentals under the New York State minimum of 25 people are permitted. ACNC is currently offerings Birthday Parties and Escape Rooms from small private groups. Call (716) 569-2345 if you are interested in a rental or program.
Finally, personal habits are the frontline in preventing the spread of the virus and so ACNC is taking the following personnel actions:
- Staff continue to work from home when possible.
- All staff and volunteers onsite are asked to wear face coverings when within a confined space, or within 6 feet of other employees or visitors. They are required to have face coverings with them at all times.
- Staff members that have a fever or other COVID-19 symptom are instructed to not come to work.
- Staff members or volunteers who are immunocompromised or considered high-risk are requested to suspend working until the virus is contained.
These procedures will be updated as needed in accordance with CDC and New York State updates.
Thank you for your understanding and support during these extenuating circumstances.
NY Forward Guidelines for Day Camp: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Childcare_and_Summer_Camps_Summary.pdf
Talking with children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
CDC’s main website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Peer-reviewed summary of various papers addressing COVID-19 and children: https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-data-8th-May.pdf
Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
Hours and Admission
Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Temporarily by donation
Grounds and Liberty:
Daily, year round from dawn to dusk
Free of charge
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.