Audubon strives to make nature education accessible to all. With the help of generous supporters, annual camp scholarships and academic scholarships are offered.

Read below to learn how to apply for and how to support these scholarships.

Day Camp Scholarships:

General Day Camp Camperships

ACNC understands that all families go through tough economic times now and again. Camperships are awarded based on merit, interest, and need. These factors are assessed by the camper’s essay, artwork, past camp experience, and a finance-based form filled out by the parents. Families are asked to pay as much as they can so more children can benefit. Download the campership application below and Audubon will make every effort to help you out.
Send the form to or to the address below. You will be notified by the Camp Director, Sarah Hatfield.

Audubon Community Nature Center
c/o Sarah Hatfield
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

Application deadline: May 1 for first-round, awarded by May 15. Ongoing after June 1 as funds last.

2016 scholarship recipient, Kat French, with Kathy and Bob Frucella.
Stephanie Frucella Memorial Scholarship
This is a merit-based camp scholarship for campers 5th grade and older, which takes into account a child’s passion, interest, and willingness to give back to his or her community through volunteering or work. The family of Stephanie Frucella reviews applications and makes the decisions, with some consultation from Audubon Community Nature Center staff.

This camp scholarship is in memory of Stephanie Frucella, a 4th grade teacher. As a child, she loved to come to the Audubon with her family to walk the trails and discover wildlife, flowers, and the beauty of nature. In her life, Stephanie strived daily to make a difference in the lives of her students and her community. Through this scholarship and others, her legacy will continue.

Application deadline: First round applications due by May 1. Awarded by May 15. Later applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis as funds last.
Please click below to download an application. Once filled out, please email it to or mail it to:
Audubon Community Nature Center
c/o Sarah Hatfield
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

Anderson Day Camp Scholarship Fund

Dave Anderson’s two great passions are the natural world and the education of young children. His family wanted to find a way to mark his 70th birthday in a way that respects who he is and how he’s lived his life. Voila! A partnership formed between ACNC and the Anderson family to create a fund to send kids to day camp.

The fund will ensure kids who otherwise couldn’t afford it will play and learn at Audubon. Why Audubon? The family feels it is a unique place dedicated to learning and enjoying birds, fish, trees, flowers, frogs, and everything else you find in forest and swamps. Dave is also a unique guy who loves all of those things and loves learning. A perfect fit!

Academic Scholarships:

Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

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.

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.

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.

Application Deadline: March 18
Please click below to download an application. Once filled out, please email it to or mail it to:
Audubon Community Nature Center c/o Sarah Hatfield
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

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Hours and Admission

Nature Center:

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


Click here for holiday closings

Temporarily by donation

Grounds and Liberty:

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.

Curt and Susie Westrom

Bob and Kathy Frucella
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation