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Title: Sweetbriar Nature Center Educational Programs Middle School Grades 5-8
Sub Title: at the Sweetbriar Nature Center, Smithtown, New York
Date: September 14, 2012 - December 31, 2012
Time: Varies   
Admission:Call 631-979-6344 for dates, times and fees.
Location: Sweetbriar Nature Center
Street Address: 62 Eckernkamp Drive
  Smithtown, NY 11787
Description: Sweetbriar Nature Center Educational Programs Middle School Grades 5-8 at the Sweetbriar Nature Center, Smithtown, New York. Call 631-979-6344 for dates and times.


2 Hours $7.00 per child
Winter is a difficult time for all living things. All life forms, including humans, have many strategies for survival. Students will meet with some of our resident animals, explore our preserve for signs of wildlife, and become problem solvers as they are put in a survival situation.

The Variety of Life
2 Hours $7.00 per child
The earth abounds with life. Scientists are continually exploring, discovering, observing and classifying this life. Students will explore the diversity of life through interaction with our resident wildlife, an exercise in taxonomy and by visiting natural communities on our preserve.

Long Island: Wildlife on the Brink
2 Hours $7.00 per child
Long Island, as many places around the world, is a difficult place for most living things to live and flourish. How and why is much of the wildlife in trouble? Students will meet some animals of Long Island and other animals that are endangered, threatened or of special concern

Web of Life
2 Hours $7.00 per child
Even the most common living things have some of the most amazing connections. Students will connect themselves into the Web of Life, follow a real estate agent around to assist them in finding homes for wildlife, and meet live animals to help them learn about the interdependency of all life.

90 Minutes $7.00 per child
This program will introduce students to live birds of prey. They will meet owls, falcons, and hawks and learn about the adaptations that help these beautiful raptors survive. We will also discuss the raptorsí role as predators at the top of the food chain. Owl pellets will be dissected and examined.


55 Minutes $6.00 per child
For all living things, survival is the name of the game. Nature is a world of eat or be eaten, kill or be killed. Predators and prey have unique tools and behaviors that enable them to survive. Through skulls, live animals and stories, students will learn firsthand about the adaptations of predators and prey.

Reptiles and Amphibians
55 Minutes $6.00 per child
Live reptiles and amphibians are observed and compared during a cooperative learning experience that stresses observation and data collection. Survival strategies and natural histories of reptiles and amphibians are compared and discussed.

Threatened Species
55 Minutes $6.00 per child
Live animals are brought into the classroom, each with its own special story. Topics discussed include endangered species, disappearing habitats, the exotic animal trade, conservation, and ways individuals can help. Visiting animals may include an iguana, a ferret, a chinchilla and a raptor.

Birds of Prey
55 Minutes $7.00 per child
Have t live raptors visit your students. Students will meet owls, falcons and hawks and learn about the adaptations that help these awesome birds survive. Learn how humans are part of the picture, and how we can help. Students will learn each of their survival.

Sweetbriar Nature Center offers educational opportunities for all ages, either at our nature preserve or at your facility. Whether you want your students to learn about metamorphosis and butterflies, explore the treasures of the tropical rain forest or examine predator/prey relationships, 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. Programs are designed by educators to enhance and supplement the life sciences guidelines of the New York State science curriculum. Supplemental materials are provided both before and after each program.
Contact: 631-979-6344

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