JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Don’t wait to make your reservations for Enchanted Forest, Audubon Community Nature Center’s captivating and enlightening non-scary Halloween event. Even with spaces for more than 500 children and their adults, it can be expected to sell out.
This magical experience on October 4 and 5, begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then volunteer “fireflies” light your way with lanterns along a luminary-lit trail where you will meet talking animals.
Human-sized animals engage your imagination, maybe make you laugh and teach you something about wildlife in the region. You will hear stories from a Red Fox, Praying Mantis, Bat, Pileated Woodpecker, Spring Peeper and Garter Snake.
After about a 45-minute walk, you can explore the Nature Center, do crafts provided by Michaels and enjoy snacks inside.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather. Long pants, long sleeve shirts, closed-toed shoes and insect repellent are recommended.
Walks start at 6 p.m. and go out every 10 minutes. The last walk starts at 8 p.m. (Sunset is approximately 6:45 p.m.) Prepayment is required and reserves a specific time.
Enrollment is limited and the program takes place rain or shine. There are no ticket sales at the door and no refunds.
The fee is $12, $9 for Nature Center members, $6 for children ages 3-15 and free for children two and under.
Scouts and others can earn a fun patch by visiting the Courtesy Desk for a list of requirements. After completing at least four of the activities, the fun patch can be purchased on a first-come first-served basis for $3.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y. and Warren.
For more information or to reserve your spot, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit AudubonCNC.org/EnchantedForest.
Enchanted Forest is presented through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, some of whom are registered with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). To learn how you can volunteer, visit AudubonCNC.org/Volunteer.