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Make your own fresh holiday decoration at Audubon

Pictured are Audubon staff decorating wreaths on display at the Nature Center.

Area residents can celebrate the winter season by making a holiday decoration with natural greens for their own home or as a special gift.

Audubon Community Nature Center is offering five Decorating with Greens Make-and-Take opportunities to make a wreath, table decoration, or swag with natural greens.

Make-and-take times are Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., or Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., or 1 to 2 p.m.

Those attending can create something of their own design and take home a unique holiday decoration. Directions, cut greens, and a wide variety of materials will be on hand to make one-of-a-kind decorations suited to anyone’s particular taste. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own additional decorations or supplies such as ribbon, wire, pruners, and holiday decor to aid in making your creation.

All ages are welcome, though small children will need assistance.

Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up for indoor programs.

The program fee is $10 for adults, $7.50 for Nature Center members and children 3-15, and free for those two and under.

Paid reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 30, for the Wednesday sessions and by Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the Saturday sessions. They can be made by calling 569-2345 during business hours or going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Register for Upcoming Programs.”

Walk-ins may be accepted if there is room; call for availability after the deadlines.

To order a plain wreath of fresh greens to decorate at the Saturday class, call 569-2345 or click through AudubonCNC.org by Monday, Nov. 23. Decorated wreaths are also available.

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

The public is welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, visitors can walk the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.

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