Date(s) - Saturday, Feb 03, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Audubon Community Nature Center
The Audubon Community Nature Center will hold its Snowflake Local Living Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York and Warren, Pennsylvania.
Now in its 36th year, the family-friendly celebration is all about enjoying local places, weather, activities and products.
Admissions are $6 for the public, $2 for children 3-15 and free for children 2 and under. Parking is free.
Animal lovers will delight in live animals including sled dog demonstrations, alpacas in a petting pen from Dun Roving Farms (weather permitting), Wild Spirit Education’s live owls, hawks, amphibians and insects, and Chautauqua County Humane Society animals. They join Audubon’s resident fish, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle who lives in her outdoor habitat behind the Nature Center building.
Snowflake Local Living Festival emphasizes learning to live lighter on the planet. You can explore hands-on activities that can be done at home to have a smaller impact on the environment. These include wool spinning, knitting, leather working, grinding your own flour, drilling maple taps and syrup making.
Other activities included with the admission fee are trying snowshoes courtesy of Evergreen Outfitters, kayak-sled races, hiking with a naturalist, games, building an insect house, customizing a walking stick, a scavenger hunt, tools and taste tests, take-home projects from some of the vendors, and demonstrations of winter camping and cooking by Boy Scout Troop 169, with free samples. You are also welcome to bring your own equipment for sledding and cross-country skiing.
Activities that have a small fee are Magic Moments horse-drawn carriage rides, making a basket, and building a nest box or bird feeder. You can also enjoy a basket raffle and great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop. There is no ATM on site, but credit cards can be accepted for purchases in the building.
With seating in an outdoor heated tent, you can treat yourself to lunch or snacks of local food purchased from Franklin’s Honey and Apples and 3 C’s Catering.
Other vendors and exhibitors to date are Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, Royal Wind and Solar, Knitting 4 Peace, Chautauqua County Master Gardeners, Girl Scouts of Western New York, and Steady Plow Farm LLC.
Some of the booths will have locally made or eco-friendly items for sale. Come with a smile and ready to meet some of the amazing people and wildlife that live in the region.
The schedule of activities includes:
- 10:30 a.m. – Hike with a Naturalist
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Wild Spirit live birds of prey Meet and Greet
- Noon-4 p.m. – Magic Moment Carriage Rides
- 12:30 p.m. – Hike with a Nnturalist
- Until 3:00 p.m. – Sled dog demonstrations
Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of any age group, and other interested boys and girls can earn a Winter Fun patch by completing activities at the Festival. Visit the Reception Desk in the Nature Center when you arrive for a list of requirements
To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Nature Center website.