Volunteer Needs During COVID-19

During this quarantine period for COVID-19 crisis, Audubon still has ways that you can help from home, if you are able.


Interested in volunteering? View the volunteer needs below to see how you can help.
Questions? Please email Katie Finch.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Plant and Foster Milkweed Seeds

Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed plants. It is the only food that Monarch caterpillars eat. By planting milkweed seeds, we create more habitat for Monarchs. ACNC has the milkweed seeds. Volunteers are needed to plant and foster them until we can share the plants at our Monarch Festival, currently scheduled for August 29, 2020.

How to help:

Call the nature center (716) 569-2345 and schedule a time to pick up a packet of milkweed seeds. (They have already been cold stratified.) Take them home and plant them in a tray or pot filled with well-drained soil, about ¼ inch deep and 1/4 – 1/2 inch apart. Place in a warm, sunny location. Mist lightly until they germinate. Once they get a few inches tall, transplant them to larger pots to give them more room to grow. Once the danger of frost has passed, you can move the pots outside.

2. Collect Fairy House and Fairy Garden Materials

Audubon’s Dragons and Fairies Festival, originally on June 27 has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. Fairy House and Garden building crafts are a creative part of the event. ACNC has some of the supplies. Volunteers are needed to collect more.

How to help:

Collect the following supplies. If collecting natural materials, store them in a well-ventilated container if they need to dry. Do not pick any live plants. Do not collect invasive species.

  • Sticks: no longer than 2 feet
  • Pieces of bark
  • Dried seed pods
  • Small pinecones
  • Small rocks
  • Grapevines (ideally woven into circles)
  • Acorn hats
  • Pussy Willow buds
  • Seashells
  • Beach glass
3. Make Dragon Eggs

Audubon’s Dragons and Fairies Festival, originally on June 27 has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. A dragon egg hunt was a popular activity last year so more eggs are needed.

How to help:

Use your creativity to design and create an egg that looks like it has been laid by a dragon. Look up ideas online. They need to be water resistant (i.e. not papier mâché), standard “Easter Egg” sizes (no oversized eggs), and no glitter (though glitter glue is ok).

Here’s an idea to get you started. Use a plastic Easter egg as the base. Coat it with a layer of Elmer’s glue or ModPodge. This makes the paint stick better. Add some puffy paint in squiggles and dots. Paint with acrylic paint. Add some glitter glue for some sparkle.

4. Spring Clean Around the House

Audubon’s Rummage Sale is currently rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2020. Audubon is accepting donations on May 22 and 23. Please be considerate when selecting items to donate. Items that are severely damaged or dirty are unlikely to be purchased, and ACNC does not want to be responsible for disposing of a significant amount of leftover/unwanted items. ACNC will not accept any electronics or clothing.

Audubon also does a variety of crafts for programs and festivals. If you come across extra craft supplies you could donate them. If you have any questions about what is appropriate, call and ask. Please hold on to the items until the Nature Center opens to the public.

How to help:

If you are home and taking this time to spring clean, consider setting aside some items to donate to Audubon’s craft closet or Rummage Sale. 100% of the proceeds from the Rummage Sale support Audubon.

5. Participate in Audubon’s “50 Years of Earth Day Challenge” on Facebook

Did you know this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. In our current situation, gathering to celebrate is not an option. So we started a Facebook event that encourages participants to connect with nature.

How to help:

If you are on Facebook, join the event and participate in the challenges and share it with friends. The more people share this event and participate, the more the message spreads. In addition to challenges to get outside the event also encourages people to donate $19.70 to help cover costs associated with keeping the trails open for visitors to use through the COVID-19 crisis. If you are able, we would love your support.

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)

Many of ACNC’s volunteers are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions


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

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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.

Bob and Kathy Frucella

The Boocha Family
Bush Industries Inc.
Community Foundation of Warren County
Hal and Mary Conarro
Defrees Family Memorial Fund