Audubon Receives Johnson Foundation Grant

The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary recently received a grant from the Johnson Foundation of Jamestown, allowing the Audubon to continue its environmental education programs.

“Environmental education – especially for children – is why we’re here,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon Center and Sanctuary program director. “That’s what makes the consistent support of the Johnson Foundation so essential. The consistent support from the Johnson Foundation over many years has helped to maintain the strength of the programs we offer.”

She also said Audubon helps fulfill Johnson’s mission of improving and providing a better quality of life for residents of Jamestown and the Chautauqua County area.

The grant will be used specifically to begin implementing components of Audubon’s Education Master Plan. The initiatives that will be focused on in 2013 include “Program Effectiveness With Limited Budget” through walking field trips and schoolyard field trips, “Extending Audubon’s Reach” through internships and a junior counselor program, public programs including expanding Owl Day to a full festival, and engaging 21st century learners.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has more than five miles of maintained trails. Its 600-acre wetland preserve includes a native tree arboretum and several educational gardens.

Open daily, its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Interactive displays focus visitors’ attention on ways to celebrate nature hands-on. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle housed in her outdoor habitat behind the Nature Center.