Summer Discovery Weeks

Taking place from July 1st thru August 30th

See calendar below for weeks, age limits and how to register.


“Greetings, I had my three boys, ages 5, 6, and 7 attend Sweetbriar’s week long programs this summer. I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time my boys had at your camp. They have developed a great love and appreciation for nature at Sweetbriar, and their love and knowledge have grown exponentially. they now want to recycle and they tell others not to litter and pollute!!! The boys are always spurting out facts about animals that they learned during the Discovery Weeks. they have absorbed so much. I wanted to thank you for giving the boys such a wonderful experience. They cannot wait to come back next summer.”

Christina Vaglica

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents exciting educational programs over the summer. Each day children will participate in hands on activities, nature crafts, games and first hand experiences with our resident animals. It is our goal to help youngsters gain greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world and the wondrous living things with which we share it.

Registration Fees: 5% off per sibling per week; 10% off early bird discount through May 15th. All payments are nonrefundable

Summer Discovery Weeks DESCRIPTIONS

Registration by the week only

Daily 9-3

Ages  5-6,  7-8 , 9-11

Animal Investigators

This week, children become a wildlife detectives and discover  the amazing adaptations that exist in the animal kingdom.

Ages 5-11

Weeks of July 1


members $325  non members $375

Adventures on the Waterside* FULL

During this week, children will go on adventures along the Nissequogue River, they will go on a stream trek to waterfalls and learn about animals and nature through guided exploration  Ages 7 to 11 only.

Ages 7 -11

Weeks of July 15 and August 12 BOTH FULL

members $325,  non members $375

Amazing Animals I and II*

Children will meet many of our resident animals, search out wildlife on the preserve and be involved in fun activities as they gain a better understanding of the animals with which we share the earth

Ages 5-11

I – Week of July 29



members $325,  non members $375

Science Seekers

Become a scientist by boldly tackling different science challenges. Build the strongest bridge, create an airplane that flies farthest and much more. Celebrate your success the last day with a special science guest!

Ages 5-11

Week of July 22 PROGRAM FULL

members $325/week/program, non members $375

*Field trips are at an additional cost. Discounts available for early registration up to May 15th. $20 extended care to 5pm. All payments are non-refundable

Explorer’s Clubs

Explorer’s Club

We will go beyond the borders of Sweetbriar to explore new frontiers. Canoe the Nissequogue, hike the greenbelt trail and explore the forests, wetlands & beaches of Long Island. A camp out with barbecue, campfire, and night hike brings the week to a close.

Ages 12-15

Weeks of July 15


How much: members $410/ non members $450

Explorers club Alumni*

For teens who have attended Explorers Club two or more summers.

Ages 14-17

Week of July 8

How much: members $430 / non members $475

Wildlife rehabilitation* BOTH CLASSES FULL 5/21/19

Do you love baby animals? Learn how to feed and care for them by a licensed rehabilitator. Take field trips to other rehabilitation facilities and find out how to become licensed.  PLEASE REGISTER QUICKLY THERE IS A TEN CHILD MAXIMUM AND IT FILLS UP FAST.

Ages 13-17

Week of July 1 – All about Birds CLASS FULL

:Week of July 29 – All about Mammals CLASS FULL

How much: members $400 / non members $450

Natural Wonders Pre-school

Help introduce the wonders of the natural world to your child. An experienced educator will lead your youngster through a day of exciting activities, crafts, stories and much more! Children will gain a greater appreciation of nature and wildlife.

Ages 3-4

Week of August 26

members $325/week/program, non members $375