Audubon to Host 40th Annual Snowflake Festival on February 5 | News, Sports, Jobs

Outdoor enthusiasts are pictured at an Audubon Snowflake Festival past.

The Audubon Nature Community Center will host its 40th annual Snowflake Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 5.

This year’s celebration will have timed entry. Sign up for an arrival time between 10am and 4pm, then enjoy the festival at your own pace.

Outside there will be nature hikes, backyard games, a bonfire with s’mores, snowshoeing and a mini ice rink (weather permitting), Franklin’s Kettle Corn , food and hot drinks by the 3C food truck and nature’s play with its 12-foot-long giant concrete tortoise and 14-foot spotted salamander.

Inside, attendees can craft a walking stick, make friends with fairy creatures from natural materials, build a birdhouse in the maintenance shop, visit master gardeners from Chautauqua Counties and of Warren, get close to live animals, attend wool spinning demonstrations. , knit and tap maple, and browse the Blue Heron gift shop. Prendergast Library staff members will attend STEM activities and free books. Gift baskets include a burl wood bowl, Keurig coffee maker, wine and chocolate wrapper, and hand-upcycled sweater mittens.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Center de la nature members and children 3 to 15, and free for children 2 and under. There is plenty of free parking.

Sign up for an arrival time between 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. by calling 716-569-2345 or clicking “Upcoming Programs” at AudubonCNC.org.

Volunteers are always needed for indoor and outdoor work, from helping with crafts to tending a fire, cooking chores and operating the elevator. Those who can help with the 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. shift can call Tina Preston, Audubon’s Volunteer Coordinator, at 716-569-2345 or email [email protected] org. Volunteers will have access to the welcome room and free entrance to the festival before or after your shift.

For their part in making the Snowflake Festival happen, event sponsors include United Refining/Kwik Fill of Warren, Pennsylvania, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, PC and Courier Capital, LLC.

In addition to commercial sponsors, Audubon Community Partners provide essential support by donating $2,000 or more. Current Audubon community partners include: Curt and Susie Westrom, Bob Frucella Tax Service, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Lenna Foundation , the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Hal and Mary Conarro, Univera Healthcare and Whirley-Drinkworks.

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