Oakwood First-Graders to Adopt Injured Animal

Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.
Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.

First grade classes at Oakwood are excited about visiting The Sweetbriar Nature Preserve in Smithtown this fall.

On their visit they will learn about the woodlands, and during their walk they will observe the deciduous and evergreen trees and listen to blue jays and woodpeckers.  In the meadow, they will see butterflies and bees enjoying the last of the Black-eyed Susans.  

Since Sweetbriar is a refuge for wounded animals, the first graders will also see eagles, hawks, and owls who are being cared for by the Sweetbriar staff.  It will be a wonderful experience for the class to see these magnificent birds up close. 

In the reptile room, they will compare and contrast the attributes of a box turtle and a painted turtle.  They may even have the opportunity to gently touch the resident corn snake.  In the mammal room, they will get to meet a rabbit and an opossum and discuss ways that they are similar and different from human beings. 

The classes are preparing for their trip by reading, writing, illustrating, and discussing ways that mammals and reptiles are similar and different, and by learning the attributes of birds and butterflies. We will see how well they do practicing how to walk quietly through the woods. 

The classes look forward to an enjoyable and educational visit to the Sweetbriar Preserve and to “adopting” a Sweetbriar animal and contributing to its care.