Backyar Wilderness at the Cradle of Aviation Museum

Backyard Wilderness the Movie

Join us on Sunday, January 13 as we welcome Sweetbriar Nature Center to the Cradle of Aviation Museum to coincide with afternoon showings of the award-winning giant screen film Backyard Wilderness. The movie encourages and empowers children and families to get outside and observe the changing world around them.

Backyard Wilderness movie times are 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm

Sweetbriar will have live animals available for museum guests that will include a Red Tail Hawk, a Screech Owl and an Opossum.

The Blue Jay that appears in the film is a resident at Sweetbriar but is unable to attend the museum visit!

The Animal Encounters are FREE with museum admission but separate admission is required for the film.

About Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness is more than just a film, it’s also part of a much larger educational campaign and experience that includes a variety of exhibits, informational guides and programs that reinforce and expand upon the scientific concepts covered and wonders of nature shown in the film. This section provides a variety of different educational tools available to students and teachers to help them further explore the ideas in the film that can be studied right in your own classrooms, backyards and local ecosystems!

Backyard Wilderness can be used in a variety of ways to augment science lessons and school curricula for a wide range of ages and grade levels, from kindergarten to high school. Whether it’s witnessing how the environment is influenced by human activities, how species depend on one another for survival or how ecosystems change throughout the seasons, there are many ways teachers can use the film to enrich their lesson plans and instill lifelong learning for a number of subject matters. The film meets U.S. Next Generation Science Standards in many key areas.

Backyard Wilderness is a winner of several awards including Best Film Short Subject, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effect from the Giant Screen Cinema Association. It will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses—in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior—all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.

About Sweetbriar Nature Center

Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit, 501c3, corporation which exists to provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services. Through education and examples, ECSS encourages responsible decision making, appreciation, and respect for the unique wildlife and ecosystems found on Long Island. Sweetbriar’s programs are designed to involve participants through the use of live animals and interactive experiences. It is their hope that all visitors will gain a better understanding and respect for the natural world. Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River in Smithtown.

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Jan 13, 2019


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cradle of Aviation Museum


Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530

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