Day Camp

Summer Day Camp actively engages children with the outdoors, captivating their interest and inspiring them to partner with the natural world. ACNC achieves this by providing campers with time for free play, indirect educational opportunities, interactive lessons, and discovery-based activities.
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COVID-19 Safety Plan for Day Camp 2020

ACNC is running Day Camp this year in accordance with New York State Guidelines for Day Camps. This crisis has had a significant impact on children and their families and ACNC feels it is more important than ever to give kids a safe, positive, outdoor experience and to provide parents with the reassurance that their child is safe while engaging in some familiar experiences and traditions. 

Please note: Campers must be from Chautauqua County, NY or Warren County, PA. Alternatively, they must quarantine for two weeks in one of those counties before the first day of camp.

ACNC is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan based on recommendations from the CDC, New York State, and the American Camp Association. The plan involves increased sanitizing schedules, group-specific restrooms and materials, child-specific craft supplies and discovery tools, wellness checks, staggered drop-off and pick-up times, and preventing mixing of groups and supplies. As many activities as possible will take place outdoors, and ACNC will employ the use of both physical distancing and face coverings. ACNC will post the full plan on this site once it is complete and approved.

If you have registered for a camp, you will get an email two weeks prior with more specific information and what-to-expect sheets to share with your child(ren). If ACNC must cancel any camp due to COVID-19, they will give full refunds if they cannot fit you into a later camp.

ACNC may combine some camp sessions if enrollment is too low to meet the minimum. They will notify you before moving your child(ren) into another camp. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Day Camps are run by a mix of seasoned naturalists, interns and trained assistants. All of the naturalists have over 10 years of experience working with children in informal education settings. Interns have some experience working with children and teach for a month at ACNC before they teach day camp. Middle and High School assistants go through a leadership course to learn expectations and more about leading small groups of children.

Audubon camps have one basic rule: Respect. Respect nature. Respect yourself. Respect others and their things. ACNC believes that all children benefit from having great experiences outdoors, learning more about the natural world and more about themselves.

*Friends of the Nature Center receive discounted rates. Click here to learn about financial need and merit-based camp scholarships.

Summer Camp

Day Camp is designed for children in pre-K through grade 12 to get out and explore the natural world. Structured and unstructured activities and play create a well-rounded, free-choice experience for all children. Camps run four days per week for eight weeks during the summer. Different age breakdowns occur on different weeks.

New this year: ACNC is offering early drop-off and later pick-up for campers. These are offered every week of camp and are titled Pre-Camp and Post-Camp for each week. This extends the camp day with activities and adventures for campers and gives adults more flexibility in their schedule. Prices and times are listed on the registration page.

Camper Scholarships
Scholarships and Camperships: Coming to camp can be a life-changing experience. ACNC wants your child to have that opportunity and we recognize that there are sometimes financial considerations. ACNC offers both financial need-based camperships and, with generous support from Robert and Kathleen Frucella, merit-based scholarships. It is the goal of ACNC to give every child who wants to attend camp the chance to do so.
Mud Camp
It is a spring day of Day Camp. Designed for children in grades Kindergarten through grade 7, this camp is held during the regularly scheduled spring break. Campers will explore the grounds in the spring, play some favorite games, make crafts, and enjoy the season. During the day they will play and learn and find out more about the world in the spring season. If you’ve never been to camp before, this is a great opportunity to see what it is all about. If Day Camp is a regular part of your summer then you can visit with old friends and have a reunion. Campers will break up into age groups for some activities and come together as a big group for others.
Snow Camp
Snow camp is similar to holiday camp, but takes place on President’s day. Shake up the winter doldrums with this fun filled day of camp in the winter! Kids aged 4 and older are invited to come to Audubon for the day to play, learn and explore this time of year. Campers will certainly head outside, but also do some inside camp games and songs to remind them of summer. It is a great day to visit with old friends, make new friends, and spend time together.
Holiday Camp
It is a day of Day Camp, in the winter. Come and spend the day at Audubon doing camp things, but with a winter twist. Kids aged 4 and older are invited to come to the Nature Center for the day. So much happens at Day Camp in the summer, and it is so long between the seasons, that ACNC takes a winter day during the holiday break and invites all the campers and their friends back for a fun. Campers will certainly head outside, but also do some inside camp games and songs to remind them of summer. It is a great day to visit with old friends, make new friends, and spend time together.


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Click here for holiday closings

Temporarily by donation

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.

Bob and Kathy Frucella
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Boocha Family
Bush Industries Inc.
Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance

Hal and Mary Conarro
Jan Simons Boyle