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Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest
Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for families and folks who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, are the magical evenings when you will find talking animals along a lighted trail – and adults as fascinated as the children they accompany.

You can add to the magic by designing and carving a pumpkin to decorate the trail on Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Nature Center.

There will be some pumpkins and carving tools provided but feel free to bring your own. This is great family volunteer opportunity but open to all. Children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Carving will be inside or outside, depending on the weather. 

Participants at the weekend’s Enchanted Forest will vote for their favorite pumpkin design, with the winners receiving a one-year Audubon Family Membership.

While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are appreciated. You can register online at the Programs page at auduboncnc.org. Click all the way through to Check-Out, even though the cost is zero.

Enchanted Forest is a non-scary Halloween treat that will engage your imagination, maybe make you laugh, and teach you something about local wildlife. Costumes are encouraged.

The evening begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then you are escorted around a trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Larger-than-life-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

After about a 45-minute walk, you can enjoy crafts and snacks as you explore the Nature Center inside.

Enchanted Forest is made possible through the dedication of many volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. To learn how you can volunteer, visit auduboncnc.org/volunteer.

Enchanted Forest is so popular that even with 36 time slots, some are already full. Pre-payment is required and reserves a specific time from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. Tours begin every 10 minutes. Enrollment is limited, and there are no ticket sales at the door. The program takes place rain or shine, and there are no refunds.

For all the details and to reserve your Enchanted Forest spot, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org/enchantedforest.

Enchanted Forest sponsors are LaBella Associates, Forecon, Michaels, and Kings’ Heating & Cooling and Courier Capital, LLC. To learn how you can be a sponsor, visit auduboncnc.org/enchantedforest.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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