Photographs by Marc Oliveri
At Sweetbriar Nature Center’s Rainforest you’ll discover the importance of preserving the forest and all its natural wonders and resources.
Follow the stone path through the forest and experience different sights, smells and sounds. Travel over the wooden bridge to explore the animals and plants living by the water below.
Mammals and reptiles are all found in the rainforest — discover what other types of creatures live on the forest floor, understory, canopy, and emergent layer.
Rainforests play an invaluable role in sustaining life on Earth, and also provide a critical habitat for many of the Earth’s plant and animal species. Although people often don’t realize it, rainforests also play an important role in sustaining life.
Climb up the mountain holding onto an albino anaconda snake banister to our first stop – various rainforest plantations, a parrot habitat, and a display of products from the rainforest. Open the door and a stone path will lead you into the heart of the rainforest.
Sloths hang from the ceiling, crocodiles crawl on the floor and giant fireflies can be seen in the crack of a 900 year old almond tree. There is a wooden bridge and life sized mushrooms big enough to sit on. You will find over 100 real and life like animals hidden among the trees in the forest. Real animals include a boa constrictor, an iguana, macaws and an actual working ant farm.
Explore the forest to discover different layers of the forest. What types of plants, insects and animals live here? What types of products come from the forest? Why is it important to protect the forest? All the answers are here. Can you find them?
Interactive activities are hidden around the forest — all to educate visitors about the treasures within this natural wonder.
Through education, we can help children — and their children — understand the beauty of a rainforest, and perhaps, someday hear the raucous call of the scarlet macaw or witness the brilliant blue flash of a morpho butterfly.
Come as a class, as a family or have friends participate in your rainforest birthday party.
We invite you to visit Sweetbriar and discover the beauty of the rainforest.
Help Protect Rainforests
- Reduce your paper and wood consumption. – use both sides of each piece of paper, use your own cloth bags at the grocery store, and avoid disposable paper plates and cups.
- Reduce your oil consumption – alleviate oil’s impact by reducing your own oil and gas consumption.
- Reduce your beef consumption – rainforest beef is typically found in fast food hamburgers. Reducing your consumption of beef will reduce demand for it, cutting back on pressure to clear more forests for cattle.
- Hold businesses accountable – Corporations need to know that the public will hold them accountable for business practices that are socially or environmentally destructive.
- Support the grassroots -In 1999, Home Depot agreed to phase out its sales of old growth wood. This victory was the result of hard work of grassroots activists, dedicated to the preservation of our natural world.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle – Reduce the amount of waste you produce, reuse things that can be used more than once, and recycle products such as glass, aluminum, paper and plastic.
For more information on parrots go to http://www.liparrotsociety.org/.