On December 26 the new woodland exhibit opened in one of the upstairs rooms at Sweetbriar. Visiting families can climb up the staircase of our nature center and take in the beauty and diversity of our simulated rain forest as they have been able to do for many years. However, now, when they pass through the tropical rain forest, they can bring their children into a new world, the world of a local woodland. Through interactive, sensory activities, children can experience the sights, sounds, smells, and feels of a forest. Children can crawl through the underground world beneath the woodland, look though a small window to view the forest floor above and peak at our resident box turtles in their enclosure.
When they continue their woodland adventure children can use a computer and try to match sounds with the things in nature that made them They can sniff containers with forest smells and try to decide what caused these aromas. There is a touch table so visitors can feel the different textures of things in the forest. While they are doing all of this, they can take in the amazing artistry of the room as they play I Spy to explore the forest and field murals around the room. As people exit the exhibit, they can follow our local song birds that are painted on the ceiling as they migrate from our local woodland back to the rain forest.
This is a self-guided exhibit, but staff and volunteers are available to assist visitors if needed.
When: Monday, December 26 onward into 2017. 9 am to 4 pm daily
Who: Families with children of all ages
How Much: $2/person
This exhibit was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Progran, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.