Jamestown, N.Y. – On Saturday, January 18, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) joins a number of local organizations in welcoming the community for Doors Open Jamestown. 

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. visitors can experience the interactive displays and live animals in the three-story Nature Center building with no admission charge. They can also wander the Blue Heron Gift Shop, for which there is never a fee. 

A special opportunity offered from 11 a.m. to noon: Visitors can enjoy an introduction to The Lost Words, the beautifully illustrated, multiple award-winning book that gives guidance in retrieving 20 nature-related words that disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The related interactive discovery station can be viewed until 3 p.m.

Written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris, The Lost Words reminds us to stop, stare and marvel at the wonders of the natural world while reconnecting, as Morris described, with “common words [and species] that are falling from common usage.”

Exploring and experiencing The Lost Words continues on the third Saturday of the month through 2020.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The 600-acre wetland preserve with its more than five miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily. 

Usual Nature Center building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit  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.