JAMESTOWN - The Audubon Center & Sanctuary's annual Snowflake Festival is always a highlight of the winter season, and it will be of special significance to Scouts this year.
Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn a Winter Fun patch if they complete certain activities while at the Festival.
These activities will be the same that are available to all festival visitors: attending a program about birds of prey, watching the dog sled demonstrations, making a craft, taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, hiking with a naturalist, and more.
Scout Leaders are encouraged to sign up their groups to attend the Snowflake Festival. When they arrive, Scouts will receive a checklist of "requirements" to complete throughout the day. When they complete at least four of them, they will be earn a Winter Fun Patch.
The patches are being donated by Bob and Kathy Frucella in memory of their daughter Stephanie. The Frucellas are making this commitment to encourage more kids to get outside, to get involved with Audubon, and to learn about their community.
Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $6 adults, $2 children 3-12, free for children 2 and under. Some of the activities, such as building a nest box or bird feeder, will have an additional cost, but everyone should be able to complete enough free ones to earn the patch.
Scouts will also enjoy the great selection of edibles available from chili and hot dogs to kettle corn and cotton candy.
For more information or to sign up your group, you can call Audubon at (716) 569-2345, go online to www.jamestownaudubon.org and click through Snowflake Festival under Events on the right, or go directly to snowflakefestival.wordpress.com/scouts/
Snowflake Festival sponsors to date are United Refining Company, James M. Smith, Courier Capital Corp., Gary's CARSTAR and Kniti Griti Works.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pa. Winter hours for the Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and Bald Eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily.
To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.