Town of Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve

At the center, visitors can enjoy the many animals at the wildlife reserve, which include bobcats, buffalo, eagles, foxes, horses, emus, and bears. Educators hold guided tours about the animals, including fun facts about their life cycles, diets, and other particularities.  The center also offers programs on sustainable ecology, composting, and greenhouses. Pee wee gardening programs are available for younger students, teaching useful skills they can take home with them at the end of the day. The center also features a large pool, so swimming can easily become part of any visit.
 
Contact Info
Address: 49 Buckley Rd, Holtsville, New York, 11742. Suffolk County. Tel: 631-758-9664. Website: www.brookhaven.org/Departments/Highway-Department/Wildlife-Ecology-Center. Hrs: Vary. See website.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-5. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-4 hours. Cost: Free. 

Nature Centers Fun Facts

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. In the United States, we use enough office paper each year to build a 10-foot-high wall that’s 6,815 miles long. That’s more than the distance from New York to Tokyo!

Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and trees, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

Follow up your trip by planting a tree or proposing a conservation program for your group.