Sweetbriar Nature Center Library Programs

Whether you want your students to learn about metamorphosis and butterflies, meet birds of prey or explore the treasures of the tropical rain forest, Sweetbriar has the program for you! Our programs are designed to involve participants through the use of live animals, hands-on activities and interactive experiences. It is our hope that all visitors will gain a better understanding and respect for the natural world.

$200 per program. Reduced fees for multiuple programs in one day. Travel fees are added on for libraries over fifteen miles away.

Programs for children 3 to 6

  • Animal Interviews
  • Nature’s Coloring Book
  • Turtle Tales
  • Backyard Wildlife
  • Are You My Mommy?

Programs for children ages 7-11

  • Birds of Prey
  • Don’t Bug Me
  • Exploring Our Planet
  • The Mysteries of Owls
  • Serpents, Dragons, and Lizards
  • Treasures of the Tropical Rain Forest
  • Vertebrate Parade

Programs for Ages 12 and up

  • Caring for Wildlife
  • Birds of Prey
  • Threatened Wildlife
  • Treasures of the Tropical Rain Forest

» Program descriptions

Contact Nancy Adornetto, Program Coordinator, at 631-979-6344. ext. 103 for more information or to book a date for a program. 9am to 4pm

Dinosaur Parade NEW!

Join us as we learn about many different kinds of dinosaurs, including Pacyrhinosaurus (Patchi) ,and have fun digging them up. Discover all the ways dinosaurs survived for millions of years. Meet animals that lived before dinosaurs, animals that lived with them, and some that are direct descendents of dinosaurs.

Fall/Winter/Spring 2014 Rainbow Almond Tree

Join Sweetbriar Educator and author, Eric Young, for a reading of his new book, The Rainbow Almond Tree. He will also share some rain forest animals as he introduces children to the wonders of these natural treasures.

Summer 2014 Animal Defenses: Poisons, Bombs, and Smells

Nature was using chemistry long before human beings ever even thought of the word. Living things use chemicals that burn, smell, hide, paralyze, and even kill in order to survive. Meet some live animals and play an interactive game that shows off the many ways in which animals use chemicals to protect themselves.

Library Programs

Ages 3 to 6

Animal Interviews - Children will meet and interact with some of Sweetbriar’s resident animals including a many legged animals to at least one representative from each of the amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal groups. The presentation will show how each animal is unique and different. So have us come and share a scaly snake, an ancient turtle, a curious bird, and a furry mammal and some surprise visitors.

Nature’s Coloring Book – Animals come and all shapes, sizes, and colors. Sweetbriar will bring animals of all colors as we take children along the rainbow. The presentation will show how important color is to the survival of wildlife. So have us come and share a green tree frog, a camouflaged box turtle, a varied colored snake, and a purple tailed lizard.

Turtle Tales – Not only are turtles fascinating but they were part of many folk tales and Native American stories. Children will listen to a story or two and meet some of our resident turtles, as they learn about the “cool” ways they survive. So bring us by to share a Box turtle, a Snapping turtle, an aquatic turtle and a scaled cousin.

Backyard Wildlife - What lives in your backyard? Children will meet a variety of animals that might live in their neighborhoods right here on Long Island. The presentation will help them realize the importance of looking after our resident wildlife and how we can be better neighbors. So bring us by to share a Box turtle, an opossum, a rabbit, a screech owl, and may be a surprise guest or two.

Are You My Mommy? -  Every animal starts off as a smaller version of their parents. This presentation will reunite the baby with the mom as children use their observational skills to figure out whose mom belongs to a picture or stuffed animal of a baby animal. Then children will meet the actual animal mother. So have us come and share a turtle, an opossum, a chicken, a frog, a rabbit mother, and who knows may be a baby will visit too. (Spring/Summer preferred)

Snow Bunnies – What do animals do in the winter? Children will listen to a story about a bunny and meet one of our resident bunnies. The presentation will help children to learn about the adaptations of rabbits and how some animals survive the winter. So bring us by to share a bunny or two and a couple special guests who find special ways to survive the winter. (Winter Only)

Ages 7-11

Birds of Prey – Birds of prey are some of the most magnificent animals in the world. In this presentation children will meet a variety of birds and discover what makes them so special. Have us come by and share two owls, a falcon and a hawk and about the adaptations that help these awesome birds survive.

Don’t Bug Me – Insects and their kin are some of the most common creatures on the face of the earth. Through the use of live examples, costumes, and natural items this presentation will show what makes these animals different from all other life and show them just how important they are to our survival. Bring us in to share a walking stick, a hissing cockroach, a tarantula, and may be a couple of animals that eat insects and their kin.

Exploring Our Planet – Animals live in almost every place on earth including every continent. Children will take a trip around the globe without leaving there seats as they meet a variety of animals from the nature center. They will meet a dragon from Australia, a spiny creature from Africa, a tree climber from South America, and more. So let us drop in and share some amazing animals.

The Mysteries of Owls – Owls have always been fascinating and mysterious to people. This presentation will reveal some of the wondrous adaptations these creatures have for surviving under the cloak of darkness. Bring us to your library to share a Great Horned, a Screech, a Barred Owl, and a day time bird of prey.

Serpents, Dragons, and Turtles – Reptiles, especially crocodiles, alligators, and snakes are some of the most misunderstood animals. This presentation will share the amazing world of reptiles and their fascinating adaptations for survival. Bring us in to share a python, a snapping turtle, a bearded dragon, a box turtle, and more.

Treasures of the Tropical Rain Forest – Tropical rain forests are one of the most amazing and unique natural places on earth. Through a power point presentation, live rain forest animals, and a treasure trove of products, children will learn the importance of one of the most diverse places on earth. Have us come in and share a python, a tree frog, a tarantula, a hissing cockroach, and more.

Vertebrate Parade – Vertebrates are animals with a backbone and an inside hardened skeleton. In this presentation live representatives from four of the five groups of vertebrates will be shown. Children will learn the differences between each group while they interact with each animal. So have us come by and share a frog, a snake, a turtle, an owl, a surprise mammal, and may be an invertebrate.

Ages 12 and up

Caring for Wildlife – Sweetbriar Nature Center is a wildlife rehabilitation facility. We take care of injured, sick, and orphaned animals. In this presentation participants will meet some of our resident non-releasable animals and find out their stories. We will also help them to learn what to do if they find an animal that might need help. So bring us in to share an owl, an opossum, a falcon, and more.

Birds of Prey – Birds of prey are some of the most magnificent animals in the world. In this presentation participants will meet a variety of birds and discover what makes them so special. Have us come by and share two owls, a falcon and a hawk and about the adaptations that help these awesome birds survive.

Threatened Wildlife – All over this planet much of our wildlife is in trouble. Through live animals and products confiscated by the Department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife participants will learn about the things that cause animals to become threatened or even endangered and some of the things they can do to make a difference. So have us come in and share some of our threatened wildlife including a a variety of exotic animals.

Treasures of the Tropical Rain Forest – Tropical rain forests are one of the most amazing and unique natural places on earth. Through a power point presentation, live rain forest animals, and a treasure trove of products, children will learn the importance of one of the most diverse places on earth. Have us come in and share a python, a tree frog, a tarantula, a hissing cockroach, and more.

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