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At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known
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At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck, delicate ferns and large-leaved skunk cabbage evoke a feeling of being in a prehistoric world. (May 14, 2012)(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

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Charles T. Church Nature Preserve/Shu Swamp

The 65-acre preserve west of Frost Mill Road has 70-foot-tall tulip trees, huge oaks, Tupelo trees, a host of wildlife and bird species, plus snapping turtles weighing in at 65 pounds. It also has 2.5 miles of trails and boardwalks. The preserve is home to a shrub called Hearts-a-Bustin, which is found nowhere else in the state. Creeks feed Beaver Brook and a large pond.