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Audubon to launch story corner at volunteer recognition, May 15

Audubon Community Nature Center is launching Story Corner at their Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Picnic on Saturday, May 15. Pictured are volunteers safely socially distanced in the beautiful Stephanie Frucella Education Pavilion at the volunteer event in 2020.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is having a volunteer celebration and recognition picnic on Saturday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. to recognize the 212 individuals who logged 6,100 volunteer work hours in 2020.

At this event ACNC officials will launch Audubon Story Corner, a new initiative to capture the history of Audubon through the voices of volunteers and members. Participants can sit down with a friend or staff member to share their favorite Audubon memory or another tale that relates to Audubon.

For more information about Audubon Story Corner and to reserve a spot to record one’s memories during the picnic, call Tina Preston, volunteer coordinator, at 569-2345, ext. 103, or email TPreston@AudubonCNC.org.

Volunteers work in every department at ACNC, taking care of the trails, gardens, animals, and buildings; performing data entry, store inventory, animal care, and cleaning; leading nature walks, working festivals and events, providing programs and outreach; and serving on the board and other administrative committees.

Anyone is welcome to this celebration of accomplishments by ACNC volunteers and to honor those who reached significant milestones in the 2020 calendar year, ranging from 100 to 11,000 hours of service.

Those who will be recognized for specific achievements in their number of recorded hours are Larry Brown for 11,000 hours, Ed Yager for 8,000, and Heidi Bird for 1,000 volunteer hours. Emily Nelson achieved 500 hours, David Bull passed 250, and Mallory Brannon, Brenda Brook, Paul Swan and Lida Trostle all reached 100 hours of recorded volunteer time.

Some of Audubon’s volunteers are registered with RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

This event will take place outdoors, and guests will be asked to adhere to safe distancing recommendations, including wearing a face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained.

Participation is limited based on current COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

The luncheon is free for all current ACNC volunteers. Non-volunteers are welcome for $8 per person, $6 for Nature Center members.

Reservations are required for everyone, with payment, if applicable, by Monday, May 10. Volunteers can call the Nature Center at 569-2345 to register. Non-volunteers can call or register online by going to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and clicking on “Upcoming Programs.”

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. While practicing safe social distancing measures, visit six miles of trails on the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. The Nature Center building includes the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the winning photographs from the 2020 Nature Photography Contest. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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