Snowflake Festival is a one day event, held the first Saturday of February. It is an indoor/outdoor event that focuses on winter recreation and nature as well as naturally sustainable products. We encourage getting out and enjoying winter by featuring outdoor activities (snowshoes and dog sled races to name a couple)! Indoors we have live animal programs, environmentally responsible exhibitors, displays and vendors, food, and Nature Center exhibits. A family-friendly event, this festival appeals to all ages.
Arrival and Admissions
When you drive in to our main entrance, friendly volunteers will collect your admission fees ($6 ages 16 and older; $2 children 3-15; Free Children 2 and under) and direct you to a parking spot.
2015 Schedule (Tentative)
- The festival runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
- 10:30am: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.
- 11:00am: Wild Spirit Education – live birds of prey!
- 12:00pm – 4:00 pm: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
- 12:00pm: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.
- 12:00pm: Wild Spirit Education – meet and greet with the birds! Get your questions answered and some great photos!
- 12, 1, 2, 3 pm: Kicksled Demonstrations outdoors by Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue
- 1:00pm: Wild Spirit Education – live birds of prey, featuring owls!
- 2:00pm: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.
- 2:30 pm:
2015 Activities (Some with Additional Fees)
Evergreen Outfitters- FREE! Snowshoe demos throughout day, if there’s snow!
Fluvanna Boy Scouts Troop #169- FREE! Outdoor cooking and camping demonstrations with lots of samples
Bird Nest Box and Suet Feeder Building – $5 Offering a hands-on opportunity to work side by side with our volunteers as they help you put together your very own nest box or suet feeder.
Kids Crafts and Painting – Join Olivia Sechriest in the picturesque and scenic Audubon Sky Room for fun and hands-on craft making
Linda O’Brien (Eagle Care): will talk about Liberty, our resident Bald Eagle, and give behind the scenes tours
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides: Join Dennis Wright and his team of horses for a sleigh ride adventure. See a picture of his horses on the main page of this site. Extra fee applies.
Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue: Participate in Kick Sled demonstrations with this non-profit organization formed to help Siberian Huskies and Siberian Husky mixes that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or surrendered by their owners.
Naturalist-Led Hiking Tours: Tag along with an Audubon Naturalist on a walk-about. It’s hard to know what you’ll find with the crazy weather we’ve been having, but if you don’t learn at least one new thing, we’ll give you a dollar.
Door Prizes, Chinese Auction, and Raffle: Don’t miss your chance to also walk away with a door prize!! A wide variety of items is available in our Chinese Auction.
Cross-country Ski demos: Never been cross-country skiing? Try it out! If there’s snow, let’s ski!
2015 Exhibitors / Vendors
These vendors and demonstrators have been confirmed. Don’t see you name here and are planning on coming? Get your vendor application to Sarah Hatfield soon!
Carol Spencer – Demonstration Offering spinning with a wheel and drop spindle of yarn, fiber, wool, and more.
Dun Roving Farm Alpacas - Live animals Meet the alpacas and browse hats, scarves and other goods made from the alpaca fur.
CCE Master Gardeners of Chautauqua County- Fun-filled garden activities for all ages and information on gardening.
Kniti Griti Works – Handmade, unique clay and pottery items.
Warren County Master Gardeners
Queen Anne Soaps - handmade, naturally scented soaps; homemade all-natural doggie biscuits
Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy – Come and learn about the watershed around you and take your photo in the photo booth!
Conewango Creek Watershed Association – Learn about the creek that flows through from New York to PA and is the PA 2015 River of the Year!
Roger Tory Peterson Institute – Enjoy the natural history from this great organization celebrating native Roger Tory Peterson.
Southern Tier Woodcarvers – Demonstration Watch the carvers turn chunks of wood into creations!
Chautauqua County Health Department – learn more about how to protect your children from lead poisoning
Chautauqua County Humane Society – Live animals meet some furry friends and learn how you can help care for them
Amtilia Outreach – Live animals live reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids to learn about
Alice’s Wonderland – goat milk soap and creams
Cheryl Michaud – Nature photography
Aimee Loree – White-tail deer antler jewelry
Norwex – chemical-free cleaning products
11:00 – Wild Spirit Education: Birds of Prey – See live birds of prey up close and learn all about their unique adaptations that make them effective hunters.
12:00 – Wild Spirit Education: Meet and greet the birds and their handlers up close! Ask questions, get great photos, and learn more about the birds.
1:00 – Wild Spirit Education: Owls – Learn all about owls and the awesome ways they get around at night.
Franklin’s Honey & Apples – From their 18 ft. trailer they will be serving delicious Kettle Corn, Cotton Candy, Honey, Apple Chips, Honeystix, and selling crocheted towels!!
Kitchen – Locally roasted coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs, Bob Evans chili, and snacks will be available in the kitchen.