Jamestown, N.Y. – If you are someone who looks for a worthy cause to support during the holidays, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) knows how you can help kids in a big way. 

Giving Tuesday is an internationally recognized event that encourages people to fight the belief that shopping for “just the right gift” for our loved ones is a necessary stress that we all must endure.

This holiday season, give a gift that will make a lasting impression. The gift of a real and healthy connection to nature by making a donation or purchasing a membership to Audubon Community Nature Center.

This Giving Tuesday (December 3), all donations made to ACNC will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,100 by generous friends and supporters of Audubon. These individuals believe that establishing a connection to nature is an essential part of childhood development, and their financial contributions help make that possible.

Donations on this international day of giving will go directly to enriching local children’s lives by supporting Audubon Community Nature Center’s various school, day camp, and field trip programs including the day camp internship program that inspires the next generation of Nature Educators. ACNC’s goal is to raise an additional $2,100 in addition to the match already promised by Audubon supporters for a total of $4,200.

You can donate by sending a check to ACNC, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or going online to AudubonCNC.org/donate.  

If tangible gifts better fit your style of gift giving, you can also support Audubon by doing your holiday shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop in the Nature Center.  There you will find everything from nature-related books and field guides, adult coloring books and nature journals to locally produced honey. You will also want to check out the travel mugs, puppets, puzzles, distinctive jewelry, notecards and stationery, handcrafted walking sticks, and locally-made candles.

The Nature Center’s year-round hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. 

There is never an admission fee to explore the Gift Shop. Sundays are free admission days for the Nature Center, where visitors can enjoy displays of local reptiles and amphibians, plus tanks of fish. Other indoor exhibits include Frogs, Energy, and Pollination. There is also seating to observe a beautiful view of birds, chipmunks, squirrels and sometimes even deer at the birdfeeders. 

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

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.