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Learn the story of rocks and paleontology at ACNC 1st Friday Dec. 2

Submitted Photo Emma Roth, Audubon Community Nature Center educator, will share her love of “Wondrous Rocks” at the First Friday Lunch Bunch on Dec. 2. She is pictured in Newfoundland.

At Audubon Community Nature Center’s Dec. 2 First Friday Lunch Bunch, Emma Roth will present “Wondrous Rocks,” sharing her adventures and the often over-romanticized field of paleontology.

A nature educator at Audubon, Roth has a degree from Smith College in Geological Sciences and Biology. After taking a first-year seminar, Geology in the Field, she discovered an interest in rocks that sparked a college career of paleontology research. This research allowed her to travel to the rocky coasts of Newfoundland, Scotland, and Norway, and the deserts of Death Valley.

Through this travel and subsequent lab work, Roth explored the changing ecology of the Cambrian and Ordovician geologic periods and took a deep dive into the first coral reefs.

Bring a brown bag lunch to stay and converse with the speaker after the program.

The fee is $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 9 to 15, $8 for non-members.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 716-569-2345 or through “Programs and Events” 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 and Warren. Visit the nearly 600-acre nature preserve, check in on the live birds of prey, and hike, snowshoe or cross country ski over five miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free. The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

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