BUTLER TWP. — Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, 1000 Aullwood Road, has announced its November calendar of events.
General admission is $5/adult and $3/child unless otherwise noted with an asterisk (*). Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free. Aullwood Center programs are held at 1000 Aullwood Road. Aullwood Farm programs are held at 9101 Frederick Pike.
November is always a wonderful time to visit Aullwood! Make your own beeswax candles at Aullwood Farm, enjoy a peaceful evening hike in the light of the moon on the Mad Buck Moon – Full Moon Walk, volunteer to help count birds for Project FeederWatch, or start your holiday shopping early at the One Stop Holiday Shop.
Mike Jaffe Photography Exhibit
Through November 13 Aullwood’s Hallway of Wonder at the Marie S. Aull Education Center is a wonderful place to view works of art. Aullwood is pleased to exhibit the photography of Mike Jaffe. Mike discusses his artistic journey: “After I retired, I did many things to fulfill long held wishes or satisfy recent curiosities. Thanks to a friend, I joined the Tripod Club. As you look at these pictures I have selected for the exhibit, I hope that they will give you joy and an insight into how much fun photography can be.” (Center)
Morning Discovery Walks for Adults
Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. A weekly walk along Aullwood’s ever changing trails reveals many new and exciting discoveries. Join Tom Hissong, Education Manager, to experience the seasonal changes. Bring binoculars! (Center)
* Center for Lifelong Learning Adult Classes
Aullwood’s 2016 CLL classes challenge adults to learn nature’s secrets, enjoy a new hobby, or take an eco-tour to an exciting place. Review class listings on our website at www.aullwood.org and call (937) 890-7360 to register.
Saturday, November 5 – Hidden Picture Puzzles, 10:30 a.m. – noon. (Farm)
Saturday, November 5 – Crochet: Basics and Beyond, 2 – 4 p.m. (Center)
*Aullwood Candle Dipping
Saturdays and Sundays, November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, and 26, 27 starting at 2:30 p.m. The aroma of beeswax permeating the Farm Education Building strikes visitors as soon as they arrive. Traditional candle dipping using beeswax creates special memories at Aullwood. As a chill comes on with shorter days, visitors anticipate this wonderful hands-on activity. The glow of a dipped candle is the perfect way to “warm up” a cold winter night.
Individuals, families, scout troops, and youth groups will enjoy making red and/or blue colored candles. The cost is a general admission fee of $5/adults and $3/child (members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free) plus $1.00 for each candle made. (Farm)
Mad Buck Moon – Full Moon Walk
Monday, November 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The male or buck white-tailed deer are in an excited search for does during this time of year. The urge to mate causes the bucks to display a crazy or “mad” behavior. Join an Aullwood naturalist for a walk in the light of the Mad Buck Moon. (Center)
Fall is a wonderful time for youngsters to come to Aullwood to discover the natural world and the farm with the Chipmunk Adventure Classes for children 2 – 5 years old. Goodbye Animals! is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 10 a.m. – noon. Children will enjoy outdoor experiences, stories, songs, crafts and Aullwood’s live animals. They should be dressed for all possible weather conditions because the class will go outside unless severe weather threatens. Two adults will be with the children at all times. The class will be held at the Marie S. Aull Education Center. For information call (937) 890-7360. (Center)
Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come count birds, drink coffee, eat donuts, share stories, and count more birds. Our bird counts help contribute to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at www.bird.cornell.edu/pfw for more information. (Center)
One Stop Holiday Shop
Aullwood’s Museum Holiday Shop Around and Holiday Art Fair are now combined into the spectacular One-Stop Holiday Shop on November 18 from 3 – 8 p.m. and November 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at both the Farm and Center. This first annual One Stop Holiday Shop brings local museum stores, nonprofit organizations, vendors, crafters, and artisans together at both Farm and Center for your One Stop Holiday shopping experience. Handmade jewelry, museum treasures, homemade jams, photography, pottery, baskets, soaps, and much more. Support our local small businesses and cultural organizations this holiday season. Vendors will offer special pricing on gifts perfect for our Toys for Tots toy collection.
At Aullwood’s Nature Center participants include Frogware by Liz (pottery), Westcott House Foundation, Artifact Pottery, Photography by Hank, Heavenly Basket Designs, The Lincoln Society of Dayton, Nina Harfmann (photography), Dayton Art Institute, Kate Higgens (jewelry & scarves), Brenda Jennins (fiber), Rugs & Tatters (fiber), Humane Society of Greater Dayton, SunWatch Indian Village, Chickenmash Farms, Chris Rowlands (artwork), Natural Earth Craft (artwork), Phil Newport (woodworking), BEAMS in Guatemala, MS Woodturnings, Jack Southern (fiber), Nature Wildlife Photography, and Glass with a Past Jewelry.
At Aullwood Farm participants include the Garst Museum & The National Annie Oakley Center, Carole’s Bead Art, Thomas Hock (watercolors), Through Jenny’s Eyes (photography), Pat Klopfenstein (pottery), Bead Dazzled, Missing Peace Art Gallery, Lady L (fiber), Italiano (jewelry & photo notecards), Stacked Glass (upcycled glass vases) and Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation.
The Aullwood Café will serve soup, sandwiches and other goodies to keep you shopping strong at both locations. Admission is free for the event. You won’t want to miss it. (Farm and Center)
One Stop Holiday Shop is sponsored by S.J. Meyer & Associates, Inc.
Friends of Aullwood Bird Seed Sale
On November 19 the Friends of Aullwood Bird Seed Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aullwood Farm. Aullwood’s bird seed has been specially developed by Aullwood for our area to attract more unique Midwestern birds with high quality ingredients and no fillers. A big selection of quality bird feeders will be featured, field guides and natural history books both at the Farm and the Center. Admission is free all day. The Friends of Aullwood Bird Seed Sale is sponsored by Fred P. Kreuzer, CPA & Associates, LLC.
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, an Audubon Center for environmental education and sustainable agriculture, provides activities that increase understanding and preservation of the planet by children and adults through education, research and recreation.