Schedule a Program
Audubon works with groups of all ages and sizes to organize a program that is right for you. Ranging from birthday party programs to informative lectures, browse below to see how Audubon can fit your needs.
Audubon Community Nature Center offers classroom, schoolyard and field trip lessons to schools throughout Chautauqua and Warren Counties.
If your school participates in BOCES Co-Ser 438.010, as many Chautauqua County schools do, your field trip may already be in the budget. Check with your principal.
Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is pleased to offer Discovery Walks and fun patches for Scouts. Please call Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or email email@example.com to arrange a program that fits your needs and schedule.
On Your Own
You are welcome to bring your troops, packs, and dens to ACNC during normal hours for self-guided activities. Regular admission fees apply.
When you bring your Scouts to Audubon, Discovery Walk leaders provide a guided walk for about 1.5 hours, pointing out highlights along the way that prompt nature exploration. You may also schedule additional time for lunch and self-guided activities.
$7 per scout with a $70 minimum.
ACNC does not have a public badge program scheduled. If your scouts are working on requirements of a nature-related badge and could use the help of an ACNC naturalist, please call to schedule a Discovery Walk for your troop. We may be able to cater a walk to fit your needs. Specialized Discovery Walks are $8 per scout with a $80 minimum because they take more time to plan.
Some of ACNC’s events and programs include a fun patch. Call ahead to see if a patch is available for upcoming happenings. When you visit an event or program that offers a patch, visit the Reception Desk for a list of requirements. After completing at least four of the activities, a fun patch can be purchased on a first-come first-served basis for $3.
Fun patches are offered at:
- Snowflake Festival – First Saturday in February
- Monarch Butterfly Festival – Last Saturday of August
- Enchanted Forest – First Friday/Saturday in October
- Birds of Prey Day – A Saturday in the fall
- Please call for other events and programs that may include fun patches
Overnights at Audubon
Audubon Community Nature Center is currently not scheduling Scout overnights. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Groups (Adult and/or Youth)
Live Animals: Education staff or trained volunteers will introduce you to some of ACNC’s Animal Ambassadors, the amphibians and reptiles that call the Nature Center “home”. Groups of 10 or more can schedule a program at the center for $7 per person. Please contact Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a live animal presentation.
Custom: If you have a specific topic in mind, Audubon is happy to design a custom educational program around your nature-based needs. Please contact Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or email@example.com to discuss what you have in mind.
At Your Location
Audubon’s staff, volunteers, and animal ambassadors are available to make special educational visits to your classroom, organization, or event. Please contact Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule one or more programs at your location. Pricing is negotiable depending on the arrangements.
Birthday Party Program
Audubon provides a nature-based program, activity, or hike on the trails for a birthday exploration that is fun for everyone. All parties include two hours of facility use as well as plates and napkins.
Birthday party’s are a benefit of having a Family Level Nature Membership. If you do not have a Family Level Membership, there is an additional cost for these programs.
Small (up to 25 people):
Family Nature Center Member $120 / Non-Member $175 (includes price of membership)
Medium (up to 50 people):
Family Nature Center Member $160 / Non-Member $215 (includes price of membership)
Large (up to 100 people):
Family Nature Center Member $240 / Non-Member $295 (includes price of membership)
Subject to availability, please call with alternate dates and times in mind.
Suggested times are Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Saturdays or Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Additional fees apply after normal hours.
Don’t see a program that fits what you were hoping for? You can rent Audubon’s facilities and plan your own.