For over 50 years, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center has been educating young and old alike in a living classroom nestled quietly in the hills of the Southern Tier.
The center was first purchased by the Buffalo Audubon Society in 1951, and began teaching Western New York school children before buildings were even erected on the site.
Loren Smith is Beaver Meadow's Executive Director: "We bought the first parcel for $1,760, 45 acres, and since then we've added a variety of properties adjacent and around it. Our volunteers have planted to restore habitats and build buildings. We also do all of our nature programs here."
Over 300 acres of diverse habitat, from ponds teeming with life to lush green forests, provide the educators at the center with a perfect habitat to reach the public with an equally diverse schedule of public programs of natural history education.
Their mission is clear and critical to the fostering of future caretakers of the planet.