Contracted School Programs

In response to Covid-19, Audubon has started offering virtual classroom lessons and other safe learning option. If you are interested in any of the options below, please call Sarah Hatfield for more information at (716) 569-2345 or email

Please check back as programs continue to be added. 

Virtual Programs

These programs are approximately 30 minutes and include a live video lesson with a nature educator and pre and post lesson activities.

  • Meet an Animal Ambassador (all grades)
    Choose an amphibian, turtle, or snake and visit virtually with one of those animals. Students learn what makes the animals unique and have the opportunity to ask questions about the animals.
  • Meet a Naturalist (all grades)
    Naturalists use their powers of observation to study the natural world through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Students will meet a naturalist who will guide them through some activities so they can become better naturalists themselves.
  • Introduction to Nature Journaling (Grades 4 and up)
    Nature Journaling is an important tool to develop observation and questioning skills. Students go through a basic exercise to begin using nature journals in the classroom.

Hybrid Programming (K – Grade 5)

These programs are based on the in-person, curriculum-based classroom programs. They will include an introductory pre-recorded video, a live video session and pre and post activities. (Zoom or other live platform). Educators will drop off a bag of props at the school (if permitted by administration) to assist with the lesson.

  • Eat it! Wear it! Use it! (K and grade 1)
    Learn how humans use natural resources including trees, cotton and other plants, to live comfortably.

  • Walk in the Woods (K)
    Investigate what plants and animals live in the woods and when they are active.

  • Birdie Cradles (Grades 1 and 2)
    In order to survive, bird eggs need to be taken care of by their parents. Learn how birds keep their eggs safe and warm by building a nest.

  • Seeds and Such (Grades 1, 2 and 3)
    Seeds must move, or disperse, in order to get the resources they need to grow. Using some common seeds, explore the structures they have that help them disperse by wind, water or with the help of animals. 
  • Beavers (Grade 4)
    Explore the many external structures that beavers have that help them survive.

If you are interested in a program topic from previous years, please contact Audubon.

Week-long Borrow Bags

These programs consist of a lesson plan, props, and self-guided activities that revolve around a specific nature theme. Educators will drop bags of sanitized props off at the school and each classroom is intended to use them for a week.


  • Pinecones
    Investigate different shapes, textures, and sizes of pinecones and how they’re food for animals.
  •  Fur, Feathers, and Shells, Oh My!
    Explore the coverings that different animals have and how they help them survive.

Custom Programs

If you have a special topic you would like Audubon to present, please contact Sarah Hatfield. Audubon understands that teaching a classroom is different this year and are open to creating a program that works for you. She can be reached at (716) 569-2345 or at

Outdoor Field Trips are available in the spring depending on the pandemic situation.


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.

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Curt and Susie Westrom
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Bob Frucella's Tax Service

Bush Furniture, a Brand of eSolutions Furniture 

Hal and Mary Conarro

Univera Healthcare

Weinberg Financial Group

Whirley Drinkworks