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Ruderals are the weeds. Often the ones we don’t want. They are vilified for taking over, sometimes aggressively. They disobey and get unruly. The very word sounds like an unwanted thing. Inappropriate, but creeping its way in regardless.
Gently loved wool and wool-blend sweaters can be dropped off at the Nature Center’s reception desk during regular open hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
It takes a couple weeks every autumn to fully adjust each year to the lack of noise at night with my closed windows. The world is never completely silent, but all of a sudden, the background noise becomes lesser. The noises are fewer and they come in
Chautauqua Lake Central School has created a wild space where students can see deer, turkeys, and other animals roam past their windows. I have seen bluebirds nesting from the windows of first grade classrooms and startled ducks off of nests on field trips through the schoolyard. Their yard is a yard done right, with gardens, plants for the animals, and wild areas for children to see and be inspired by the world around them.
It is good for the brain, you know. Asking questions. Hard ones. Ones you don’t have the answers to. Share your questions with a friend. They may have knowledge that helps, or they may have even more questions that deepen the mystery. Together maybe you’ll figure it out. Or maybe not. But you’ll learn as you try to find the answer.
Autumn is a time of balance. That occurs in these quiet moments of tidying up the garden and in the frantic canning of pears when they all reach peak ripeness at once. It is a time of serene porch-sitting with hot tea and daily picking of raspberries before they mold. The nights get dark earlier, the chickens go to roost sooner and the evenings are more leisurely, but as long as the sun is shining we are harvesting, preserving, wrapping up projects, and preparing for winter at a constant, at times relentless, pace. I love it.
Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
Hours and Admission
Nature Center Hours:
Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Nature Center Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission for all non-members on Sundays.
Use of the trails and exploring the outdoor exhibits, are free year round, even on holidays, from dawn to dusk.
Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:
Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge
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.