School Programs

Audubon Community Nature Center offers a comprehensive program of environmental education primarily serving schools in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. All lessons are designed to be age-appropriate and to help students achieve State Learning Standards. As schools adopt new standards and curricula, we work with teachers to adjust lessons as needed.

Please call Sarah Hatfield for more information at (716) 569-2345 or email .

Field Trips at Audubon

Guided WalkDiscovery Walks: When you bring your class to Audubon, Discovery Walk leaders provide a guided walk for about 1.5 hours. You may also schedule additional time for lunch and self-guided activities.

Some schools have contracts with Audubon and fees are covered under those contracts. Other schools and youth groups can schedule Discovery Walks at $9 per child with a $90 minimum.

Day of Audubon: This two-hour sampler of Audubon programs includes a mixture of guided and teacher-led stations. Students will rotate through four different stations including a lesson-based station, indoor time to explore the exhibits, hands-on discovery time of natural objects or themes, and time for nature-based play. 

Pricing is $100 per group, usually 10 – 12 students. Audubon can accommodate up to four groups at a time, 50 students max.

Discovery Walk Teacher Resources:
What to Expect Slideshow
What to Expect Script
Field Trip Letter to Parents

Has your class visited Audubon recently?
Please fill out an evaluation form to help Audubon improve: Discovery Walk Evaluation

Classroom Programs

Audubon Community Nature Center visits classrooms throughout Chautauqua and Warren counties.

A naturalist comes to your school and presents up to five or six lessons, depending on the grade level(s). All lessons are designed for classroom-sized groups (15-25). Lessons for Pre-school and Kindergarten are 45 minutes. Lessons for grades 1 through 6 are closer to 55 minutes.

If you are interested in having Audubon visit you classroom, please contact Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or Click your corresponding state below to learn more about the classroom programs available for your students. 

New York Classroom Programs

Pennsylvania Classroom Programs

Has Audubon visited your school recently?
Please fill out an evaluation form to help Audubon Staff improve: Classroom Program Evaluation

Schoolyard Explorations
Has Audubon visited your schoolyard recently?
Please fill out an evaluation form to help Audubon Staff improve: Schoolyard Exploration Evaluation
Neighborhood Nature Walks
Has your class explored a nearby park with an Audubon Naturalist recently?
Please fill out an evaluation form to help Audubon Staff improve: Neighborhood Nature Walk Evaluation

Audubon also offers virtual programs. Click the button below to see the available school programs. If you are interested in access to ACNC’s virtual school programs, please contact


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

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

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

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 to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

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.

Bruce and Juline Battler

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Donna and Mark Hampton

Holmberg Foundation

Hultquist Foundation

Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

The Lenna Foundation

The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation


Hal and Mary Conarro

Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant

Kravitz Tree Service

Doug and Lamae McCullor

National Fuel Gas Company

Weinberg Financial Group

Curt and Susie Westrom