History And Nature

The Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a bark basket workshop for those looking to learn a new skill, who want to keep the art form and knowledge alive, or who are interested in history and nature.

The workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Chris Collins, a historian, will demonstrate the harvesting of bark from a diseased elm tree and discuss the historic use of bark and basketry. A walk of about 1 mile will be required to access the tree. Participants will then return to the Nature Center and be introduced to working with bark by making their own 5-inch basket using faux birch bark. The faux birch is easier to work with for beginning basket makers.

Collins is a master naturalist through Cornell Cooperative Extension. He is interested in living history and native material culture and has been making bark baskets for several years.

Class size is limited to 15 people, and participants are reminded to dress for the weather. The fee is $46, or $36 for Friends of the Nature Center, and includes all materials.

Reservations with payment are required by Monday by calling 569-2345, visiting the Audubon Center and Sanctuary or using the online form by clicking through the program listing at jamestownaudubon.org.

Audubon education programs are paid for with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and Reg and Betty Lenna Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.