Donate to ACNCAudubon Community Nature Center is a non-profit organization that is supported by memberships, grants, program fees, and thoughtful donations. Make a tax-deductible donation to ACNC today. Scroll below for donating options. Thank you kindly for your generosity.
The General Fund
Donations to the general fund help support:
- Audubon Community Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve, hiking trails, as well as the Nature Center building itself with exhibits, meeting spaces and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.
- Educational animals including Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle.
- Nature education programs for all ages.
- School and Scout programs.
- Research and conservation projects.
- The publishing of ACNC’s bi-monthly newsletter, as well as the monthly eNewsletter.
Together our community thrives. With your generosity, Audubon will continue to grow and flourish as the community’s center for positive nature interactions.
Ways to give at the corporate level:
- Contribute to the General Fund through the Annual Appeal.
- Become a program* or event sponsor.
- Premium Member Levels that will benefit you and your employees.
- Naming Opportunities*
*Please contact Ruth Lundin to further discuss program sponsor and naming opportunities. (716) 569-2345.
Events at ACNC strive to bring fun and discovery to the general public year round. Each event is inspired by a different natural theme. With your help, Audubon can continue to build community traditions that connect people to nature while keeping costs affordable. Event sponsorships range from in-kind to organizational sponsors.
Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship
Supported through the annual Birdathon.
Each year in early May, Audubon Community Nature Center education staff are joined by guests and together they raise money through a day long Birdathon. The $500 scholarship raised through Birdathon is awarded to an area college-bound high school senior or college student who intends to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.
Ryan Exline was an integral part of the Audubon family for many years. He assisted with gardening, eagle care, live animal care, and educational programs. He was pursuing a master’s degree at Duke University when he died in a car accident. He is deeply missed. ACNC honors him by naming this scholarship for him.
Donors can pledge a set amount, or an amount per species. In years past the team has seen anywhere from 65 to 80 species of birds. To donate a set amount, click below. To donate per species, please contact Sarah Hatfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or
To apply for the scholarship, click here.
Please contact Audubon to learn more about the types of contributions that are most helpful at this time.
If you are interested in donating to a specific event, please visit the sponsor page.
Exhibits and displays often depend on donations of specific items as well. Topics determine what is needed, please call (716) 569-2345 if you have something specific you’d like to donate.
Helpful Items Needed
Copy paper, recycled content – 8½”x11” or 11”x17”
Duct tape, any color
Hand trowels, metal
Forever postage stamps
Day Camp and Kids’ Program Items:
Kickballs or playground balls
Brown and green construction paper
Ribbon – spools of ¼ inch fabric, any color
Wal-mart gift card
Wegmans gift card
Michaels gift card
Animal Care Items
Reptimin Turtle Food
Fish food flakes
Tetra Bio Bag Whisper Filters, Large
Tetra Bio Bag Whisper Filters, Medium
Rite Size C Filters
Naturally colored plastic aquarium plants, any size
Gallon Ziploc Bags
Sandwich sized Ziploc bags
Snack Size Ziploc bags
Dish soap, dye and fragrance free
Kitch size rags or towels
Birdseed – mixed, black oil sunflower, suet, or niger
PetSmart gift card
Clearwater Aquarium gift card
Wal-mart gift card
Becoming a Nature Center Member is good for Audubon and good for you. Your membership dollars help support the wetland sanctuary and the Nature Center’s exhibits, meeting spaces, gift shop, educational animals including Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, nature education programs for all ages, school and scout programs, research and conservation projects, printing of the bi-monthly newsletter, and the maintenance of 5.5 miles of hiking trails that are open to the public from dawn until dusk daily.
Organizational Memberships available.