Jamestown, N.Y. For many years Audubon Community Nature Center has received support from Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant in the form of funding for special projects and Cummins employees volunteering their time and skills.  

This year is no exception.

A crew of Cummins workers recently spent time in Audubon’s maintenance shop building a pair of benches that will be used in the nature play area for storage of play materials. Participants included Christy Bagaygay, Stephanie Malinowski-Church, Dave Garrison, Peter Quanz, Brian Holfoth, Kendelle Kosinski, Volker Kresser, Nathan Law, Cole Leonard, Aditya Sharma, and Andrew Smith.

Cummins employees also helped put the finishing touches on the newly repaired Spatterdock Footbridge that has been under construction following a successful fundraising campaign in the spring. 

“Everyone at Audubon is so appreciative of the support we get from Cummins employees,” said Audubon Executive Director Leigh Rovegno. “We are delighted that they choose to help us in so many ways!”

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 three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. 

The 600-acre wetland preserve with its exhibit of Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily. Depending on the weather and the season, you can enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, and natural play space and use the six miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, 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.