Nature Art is the focus of the first in a series of three Audubon Community Nature Center Nature Play Days designed to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

 Children aged three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, at Audubon’s natural play area. Extra materials around the topic of nature art — such as string for weaving, rocks, pinecones and leaves to create patterns and more — will be placed in the play area.

 A naturalist will be available for questions and information.

 Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials, and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences.

 At this Audubon event, children can explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while adults learn how to continue the nature play experience at home. Information and a nature art kit including handouts and a take home item will be available to inspire ideas to extend the play at home.

 Children can play as long as they like; parents are required to stay with them.

 You can bring a lunch and have a picnic when you are done or come early to attend bird banding demonstrations, which are open to the public the same morning starting at 7 a.m.

 Children need to be prepared to play outside, wearing clothes and shoes that can get dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

 Fee is $6 per child, age 3-8; no charge for adults. Reservations are appreciated by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or clicking through Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit at

 This program is one of several Audubon programs offered in collaboration with the Green Up Jamestown Initiative. For more information, visit