Whether you want to pet a goat, spy on osprey, swim with sharks or just view the unusual - Long Island has a furred, four-legged critter, bird, reptile or fish that should suit your fancy.
Here are few places you can get a closer peek at nature. Before you go, be aware that petting animals is off-limits at some places - as is feeding them at most. While most facilities have hand-washing stations, it's a good idea to bring your own moist towelettes or hand sanitizers for quick cleanups.
FOREST FUN: Arts and crafts, live animals and lessons in how to identify a tree. 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown. Admission: $5. Info at 631-979-6344, sweetbriarnc.org.
MUSICAL STORYTELLING: Interactive folk tales set to music for all ages. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold. Admission: $12, $8 students, $5 children. Info at 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org.
SILLY SCIENCE: The Bradley True & Friends Silly Science Band uses concepts from science to put on a musical show. 11 a.m. Saturday, Bay Street Theatre, Main Street, Sag Harbor. Admission: $15, $12 children. Info at 631-725-9500, baystreet.org.