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Spring Weekend Programs 2017

Pre-registration is required for all public programs unless specified.    Scouts and members receive a $2 discount for each person in their family for all weekend programs other than special events like our Spring Festival and Wildlife and Craft Fair.

Yard Sale For Wildlfie   redtailed in flight

Help support our rehabilitated wildlife!  Drop by Sweetbriar Nature Center and browse through our yard sale.  Items include household goods, collectibles, antiques, fabric, aquariums and more.   Our volunteer gardeners will be having a plant sale also.  Each dollar helps care for our animals.  Items include collectibles, antiques, knick-nacks, household goods, terrariums and aquariums, and a plant from our gardeners will be on sale.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10am to 3pm

How much: Admission is free, donations are appreciated


Mommy and Me Painting P arty at Sweetbriar Nature Center

Please join artist and instructor, Alycia D’Avino, for a fun and educational session of painting.  She will guide you and your child step-by-step as together you create a spring themed painting. 

There is limited space so register now.   For more information on Alycia go to her website,

 Paint party

 Who: Mothers and their children ages 5 to 11, May 11, and Teens and Adult, May 25

When: Thursdays,  May 11 and May 25, 6pm. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance

How Much: $45 per pair, all materials included

Wildlife Baby Shower

 baby bunny

It’s that time of year again, Sweetbriar’s annual Wildlife Baby Shower.  Come celebrate nature as it comes alive in the spring with beautiful flowers, vibrant green leaves, and, of course, baby animals.  Sweetbriar takes in hundreds of orphaned animals a year.  A Sweetbriar rehabilitator will show you how baby animals are cared for by their parents in the wild and here at the nature center We are asking people to bring donations to help us feed our wildlife (Visit our webpage,, for donation ideas).

 When: May  21, 1 -3pm, Please arrive before 1pm

Who: Families

How much: $10/child, $5/adult, discounts available for scouts


Turtle Walk


Join us in our annual box turtle scavenger hunt and count.  The turtles will be examined and tagged and to be released after our annual wildlife/craft fair.  Meet one of our resident Eastern Box Turtles along with some of our other turtles and create a turtle craft to take home.  Wear long pants and closed toed shoes.

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 9am to Noon

Who: All Welcome

How Much: $10/person. discounts available for scouts


Butterfly and Bird Wildlife/Craft Fair

 Zebra (Saraa Facebook)

Come to Sweetbriar’s annual Wildlife and Craft Fair for a day of fun and education   It is also the grand opening of our enclosed Butterfly Garden.  Along with this exciting event musical entertainment, crafts, games, face painting, animal shows, craft vendors and much more will be offered throughout the day.  Food and refreshments available for purchase.


Date: Saturday, June 10, 10am to 5pm

Ages: All welcome

How Much: $10/carload


Mud Day for Father’s Day

Come all those people who love to get muddy to celebrate international mud day at Sweetbriar.  We will be playing in water, mud, and other messy things.  Children will being making mud pies, magic mud, princess mud and slime.  Mud day is the perfect Father’s Day experience.

Mud Day 2

When: Sunday, June 25, 1 to 3pm, Please arrive before 1pm

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child, $5/adult, discounts available for scouts


Rainbows in Nature: A Celebration of Summer


Come visit Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown for an afternoon of

treasure hunts, an animal presentation, relay races, face painting,

and of course tours of our wondrous enclosed Butterfly Garden.

Highlighting the event will be local author, Michelle Zimmerman, as

she leads children on magical adventures through story and a full

spectrum of rainbow fun including a butterfly hunt and a rainbow

butterfly craft to take home. 

 When: Saturday, June 17, 1-2:30pm, Please arrive before 1pm

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child, $5/adult, discounts available for scouts


long eared owl


Creatures Of the Night  

Visit Sweetbriar to meet some nocturnal animals and embark on a walk into the darkness to enjoy the night and may be call in an owl or two.  Dress warmly and bring a flashlight just in case.

When: Friday, March 31, 7pm to 9:30pm

Who: Adults (Teenagers welcome)

How much: $10 /person, discounts available for scouts



Learn about the lives of insects that inhabit our gardens and natural meadows.  Meet some bugs up close, and go on a bug safari.  There might even be a surprise bug puppet show.  Then make a fun craft and enjoy a healthy snack.

When: Sunday, July 16, 1– 2:30 pm, Please arrive before 1pm

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child, $5/adults, discounts for scouts available







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