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Snowflake Festival Feb. 6

The hardest thing you’ll have to do at the Audubon Nature Center’s Snowflake Festival, happening 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, will be deciding what to do first.

You can try snowshoes, tapping a maple tree, or making butter. Learn how to make soap, spin yarn, or forage for wild edibles. Enjoy good food, good company, and live animals.

Horses will be drawing wagons for rides from noon to 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, you can pet Dun Roving Farm’s Suri Alpacas in their outdoor pen and get behind-the-scenes tours of the home of Liberty, the Nature Center’s resident Bald Eagle. Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue will give kicksled demonstrations and describe the distinctive characteristics of their beautiful animals.

While you’re outside, you can also try ice bowling, snowshoes or cross country skiing with equipment provided, sample outdoor cooking, make s’mores, or just stand by the fire.

Back inside, you can learn about ways to live a bit lighter on the planet through interactive activities, building a bird nest box or suet feeder, learning how to make your own soap, and making baskets and braided rugs. You can watch wood carvers and see textile demonstrations by a spinner, weaver, knitters, and others who can turn fleece into clothing.

Also indoors you can visit the friendly animals in need of homes from the Chautauqua County Humane Society, as well as the Nature Center’s own education animals, including fish, reptiles, and amphibians. And don’t miss the children’s crafts, Chinese auction, door prizes, raffle, great shopping, food vendors and more!

Admission to the Festival is $6; children 3-12 are $2, and those two and under are free. Extra fees apply for horse-drawn wagon rides, bluebird house building, Chinese auction, raffles, and food.

The Audubon Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.For more info, call (716) 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.

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