The mission of the Cradle of Aviation Museum is twofold: to engage all ages in the exploration of our aerospace heritage by preserving and displaying Long Island’s contribution to air and space travel; and to inspire, motivate, and stimulate our youth to be the next generation of aerospace scientists and engineers. We achieve our mission through our growing exhibit collection and our ever expanding educational programs.

Live Animal Encounters and Backyard Wilderness Movie

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:30, 1:30 & 3:30
Live Animal Encounters and Backyard Wilderness Movie

Join us on Sunday, January 13 as we welcome Sweetbriar Nature Center to the 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 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. Learn more at