The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will host its Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.
Actors inside human-sized animal costumes greet visitors along a luminary-lighted trail. Volunteer fireflies lead the way with lanterns, and the animals tell about their lives, habits, homes, and more. A great horned owl and a pileated woodpecker, both created by artist Pam Moran, will join the animal roster this year.
The walk takes about a half hour. Refreshments, crafts, a campfire and story-telling are also part of the evening.
The great horned owl pictured above will be a new creature at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. It is one of two new animals that will join the roster this year, crafted by artist Pam Moran. The deadline for the required pre-registration for Enchanted Forest is Friday, Sept. 28.
Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes. A nature-themed alternative or addition to the traditional Halloween celebration, the Enchanted Forest introduces animal characters that share information through dramatic and entertaining stories.
The cost is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children ages 3 and under. Pre-registration with payment is required to reserve a specific time slot, starting at 6 p.m. through 8 p.m., with tours beginning every 10 minutes. The deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 28. There will be no ticket sales at the door.
Detailed information and a registration form are available at audubonenchantedforest.wordpress.com.
Spaces fill up quickly. To register, call 569-2345 or print and mail the online registration form. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment by cash, check or Visa/MasterCard. The event takes place rain or shine.
Enchanted Forest 2012 is paid for in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Sponsors include Wanda Lucariello, Therapeutic Massage; Kings' Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc.; Carroll Rod & Gun Club; Stanton's Garage, Inc.; Huber Blacktop Company; Zahm & Matson; and the Busti Cider Mill.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.
For more information about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.