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Winter Programs and Events 2019

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 Butterfly Festival.

Wildlife Yoga on Fridays 

An experienced yoga instructor will be leading an hour of yoga for all levels.  Each week participants will share the room with one of our resident animals and learn a bit about its natural history and folklore.

Searching for Sweetbriar Sam – a Groundhog Adventure

Come find out if Sweetbriar Sam is planning to hibernate for another 6 weeks or predict an early spring.   We will have a fun scavenger hunt to learn some facts about groundhogs, play with shadows, and meet some other animal hibernators and others with different solutions for cold weather.  Make a fun groundhog craft to take home.

When: Sunday, February 3, 1pm

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child and $5 for adults, $2 discount for scout


Falling In Love With Wildlife

Join Sweetbriar staff and volunteers for an afternoon of close encounters with wildlife.   Meet some of Sweetbriar’s cute and loveable animals, play an animal matching game in honor  of Valentine’s Day,  and create a craft to remember the day.   There will be many photo opportunities.

When: Sunday, February 10, 1pm

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child and $5 for adults, $2 discount for scouts

Winter Discovery Days for ages 5 to 11

Once again Sweetbriar Nature Center will be offering daily natural science programs over the school breaks elementary school children..   Each day will be a different natural science theme.  Each day is chock-filled with fun hands-on activities, interaction with our residents, non-releasable wildlife, crafts, games, and much more.   Parents can register their child/children for one day, two days, three days, four days, or the entire week.   Themes from Monday to Friday are How To Train Your Bearded Dragon, Even Animals Bundle Up, Frozen: Not the Musical, Tropical Vacations and Penguins, Polar Bears and Pikas

When: February 18 – 22, 9am to 3pm daily, after care available until 5pm for an additional charge

Who: Children ages 5 to 11

How Much: $75/day for members, $325/week for members,  $85/day, $375/week for non-members 

Early bird discount until February 1


Creatures Of the Night

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

When: Saturday March 2, 7pm

Who: Adults (Teenagers welcome)

How much: $10 /person


Sweetbriar Summer Program & Art Center Open House

Sweetbriar will offer children and parents an opportunity to tour the facility including visiting our rain forest room and woodland exhibits, learning more about our summer programs, and meeting some of our resident animals.  The Program Director will be available to answer any questions. Refreshments will be available. 

When: Saturday, March 2, Noon to 4pm

Who: Families with children 3 to 17

How much: Free

No pre-registration required

Ssssensational Ssssnakes

Slither on over to Sweetbriar to see a selection of several ssssensational serpents.  Participants will meet several snakes and learn about their unique adaptation through games and other participatory activities. Create a cool snake craft to take home.

When: Sunday, March 10,  1pm

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child, $5/adult, $2 discount for scouts


Yard Sale for Wildlife

Come look for hidden treasures among our stock of household goods, collectibles, antiques, small pieces of furniture and much more.  The money collected helps suport our mission of provding nature education and wildlfie rehabilitation to local residents.  

When: Spring Date to be announced

Where: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkkamp Drive, Smithtown

How Much: Free, donations appreciated


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