Kids play outdoors at Audubon Nature Play Day

Photo submitted to Times Observer Accompanied by their favorite adults, kids ages two to eight can be creative, explore, and have fun on Nature Play Days at Audubon Community Nature Center. A naturalist is available to answer questions in the nature play area. The free program happens next on Saturday morning, Feb. 16.

Nature Play Days at Audubon Community Nature Center are when your children to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while you learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. to noon, is the next opportunity for this experience for kids ages two to eight.

The open house format on the third Saturday morning of every month means you can stay as long as you like.

Your young children can be creative with what nature provides – plus a few additional supplies from Audubon. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information.

Adults are required to stay with their children, and they may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a drink.

Be prepared to play outside. Wear clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

While Nature Play Day is planned for rain, snow, or shine, in the case of severe weather, the program will be cancelled; call (716) 569-2345 to confirm.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren. The three-story Nature Center contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop; building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily. This program is free thanks to support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Legacy Funds from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.