JAMESTOWN – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) began its 60th anniversary year with all things new: a new name, newly defined mission, vision, and belief statements, and new slogan, graphics, and website.
The change was celebrated with the recent unveiling of a new sign at its entrance on Riverside Road, one-quarter miles east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
President Ruth Lundin noted that for the last ten years, the Nature Center staff and Board of Directors have been thinking that the name and the logo did not do justice to its wide range of exhibits, events, and programming.
Lundin explained that Audubon was moving to become a community nature center “even before we knew what to call it.”
In the last two years, Audubon has doubled membership in Warren and begun to provide programming there, thanks to support of the Community Foundation of Warren, the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, and the Conarro and Sokolski Family Foundations. In the last year, membership and programming expanded in Northern Chautauqua County thanks to a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and support from National Audubon.
Lundin also recognized the continuing support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation. The latter has provided funding to create a new constituent management program that will be the first of its kind in the area.
The ACNC’s slogan is now “The connection begins with you.” Its refined Mission Statement is “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.” Its Vision Statement is “Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature.”
You can visit the Audubon Community Nature Center’s new website at auduboncnc.org.