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Audubon Little Explorers to learn about bones

Audubon Community Nature Center's Little Explorers will learn all about real animal bones on Saturday morning, Sept. 12.

“Bone Deep” is the topic for Little Explorers at Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

A vertebrate is any animal with a backbone, and there are vertebrates of all shapes and sizes found around Audubon.

Adults and the three to eight-year-old child(ren) in their life can explore real animal bones to learn which parts of a skull and what other bones can help discover more about an animal’s life and diet.

Bones can tell a lot about an animal, such as its size, what it eats and even how good some of its senses are. See what clues can be gathered and try to put them together to figure out the animals these bones came from.

After an indoor lesson, the group will head outside to see what they can discover about animals just from the bones they find.

A snack is provided after the hike and a craft is offered if there is time.

Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up for indoor programs. They are also required outdoors when visitors cannot maintain six feet of distance between family groups.

The fee for the program is $8 for adults, $6 for children and Nature Center members.

Make reservations by Thursday, Sept. 10, by calling 569-2345 during business hours or by going to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and clicking on “Current Schedule.”

The 2020 Little Explorers series is sponsored by Univera Healthcare. Little Explorers is presented on the second Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. On Saturday, September 5, the first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, re-opens to the public Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building will be accessible, admission is by donation only.

You are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. Enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, while practicing safe social distancing measures.

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