Audubon Exclusives

Audubon has set an ambitious goal of raising $16,000 through mini-fundraisers offered by ACNC staff, volunteers, members and friends. Consider supporting Audubon by participating in one of these opportunities.

Fundraising Events:

New fundraising events are added regularly. Please check back soon so you don’t miss out!

Summer Fun at Ellicottville Brewing Company

Wednesday, June 5
4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required, and all are welcome.

Celebrate the arrival of summer with Audubon Community Nature Center at the Ellicottville Brewing Company in Bemus Point. EBC will be donating a portion of the food and beverage sales made that night. 

Kids are welcome! There will be a pop-up Nature Play area available for them onsite between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Parents must remain on-site at all times while their child(ren) are in the Nature Play area. Maximum of 10 children at a time.

Live Music by ‘Steel Rails’ will be available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This is an Audubon Exclusive Exciting raffles and 50/50 drawings that will take place between 5 and 8 p.m.

Exclusive Private Programs:

Schedule one of these programs for your group.

Saturday in the Garden with Audubon
Garden Tour and Luncheon at the home of Kay and Gary Johnson in Busti, NY

Saturday, June 8
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$40 per person
$35 Early-bird (before May 24)
Reserve by June 5, 2019

If you enjoyed the Secret Gardens Tour, then this event is for you. Kay and Gary Johnson have invited ACNC into their extraordinary garden for lunch and a tour. The Johnsons have created a very large, wildlife-friendly habitat that includes a glacial rock fountain, pond, and acres of gardens that blend into fields and forest. Kay’s bluebird boxes will be alive with activity, and she will share why some models work better than others. All this and more will be on the tour, so stay for lunch and wander this oasis of green. 

Bootjack Farm Tour
Meet at Audubon and carpool to Bootjack Farm (5 minutes)

Saturday, July 13
10:00 a.m. – noon

$20 per person
Reserve by July 11, 2019
Limited enrollment.

Learn how a conservationist is reclaiming an old, run-down farm.

The homeowner will share stories of the land and take you on a tour to see all that he reclaimed. This is a great opportunity to see what an old farm can become with time and seemingly endless hard work.

Hellbender Survey: Experience a Day as a Fisheries Biologist
Meet at Lowes in North Warren and carpool to destination

Friday July 12, 2019
Rain Date: July 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$50 per person
Reserve by July 7, 2019
Limited enrollment.

When you were growing up, did you enjoy wading in the creek catching critters? Do you know what a hellbender is? Would you like to hold one? Then this is an experience for you. Spend a day assisting fisheries professionals as they work to capture, process, and then return Eastern Hellbenders to streams of the Allegheny National Forest.

Lots of laughs and many great memories provided for no extra charge. Nate Welker is a fisheries biologist with the Allegheny National Forest.

Kinzua Dam and Allegheny National Fish Hatchery

Meet at the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery, 6616 Hemlock Road, Warren, PA 16365

Friday July 20, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$45 Adults and children aged 9+
Optional boxed lunch $10

Reserve by July 11, 2019
Clearances are required, click here for more details. Limited enrollment.

Guests will begin the day with a guided tour inside the USFWS Allegheny National Fish Hatchery. Following the hatchery tour ACNC guests will enjoy a rare, scenic drive across the top of Kinzua Dam followed by a picnic lunch* at the USACE Visitor Center and then an afternoon tour inside the heart of USACE’s Kinzua Dam.

Following the guided tour of the dam participants may explore the area on their own. 


Grandpa Dave’s Storytelling and Folklore

Grandpa Dave is a well-known storyteller “from way back.” A warm, friendly bear of a man, Dave will capture your group’s imagination and hold them on the edge of their seats with an assortment of fascinating tales. $100. 

Healthy Eating Lecture

Janeen Beard’s presentation, Restoring Health – One Meal at a Time, deals with over six decades of research demonstrating that food is one of the most powerful medicines that we can use. She’ll talk about reversing diabetes, reversing health disease and a host of health related issues. The presentation is approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a question and answer session. $100.

Pennsylvania Timber Rattlesnake “Hunt”

Travel to St. Marys, PA, and from there to areas where rattlesnakes can be found.  If snakes are located, participants will be able to take photographs. To handle snakes, participants would need to have a current PA fishing license AND a permit obtained through the DCNR. $250 for up to two adults, aged 16 and up.


Staff, volunteers, members and friends offer their services in exchange for a donation to ACNC.

Garden Consultation

Up to 3 hours of consultation are offered by Audubon’s new president, Leigh Rovegno, who worked for seven years at Denver Botanic Gardens. Consult includes garden plan, plant recommendations (types and quantities), and suggested steps with timeline. $200.

Coin Appraisal

Have your coins appraised by the long-time president of the Jamestown Coin Club. $70.

Do you have a talent or service you would like to offer as a fundraiser for Audubon? Please contact Jennifer Schlick at (716)569-2345 or by email at


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions


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

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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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