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Sweetbriar Nature Center ECSS: Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit 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 Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.

 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY11787, 631-979-6344, Fax# 631-979-9233,

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Hearts for Animals (Valentine’s celebration of peoples’ love of animals)

Calling all animal lovers!  Join us at Sweetbriar for an afternoon dedicated to our love of animals.   Meet several of our loveable animals, take a tour through our preserve looking for the “Hearts for Animals, and create a craft to show your love of animals.  Bring along a story …

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Winter/Spring Art Classes at the Judith Collester Art Center

We are so excited that the Judith Collester Art Center continues to blossum, running art for children 5  to 17.   We have already had several seasons of classes.    Connie our wonderful art teacher, will be running programs on Tuesday afternoons  this winter and spring. We are also excited to introduce Patricia Caracappa.   …

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Summer Discovery Weeks for the nature and animal lover in your family

The dates are out for all of exciting Summer Discovery Programs for ages 5 to 11 and other programs including our teen programs and Natural Wonders pre-school program. Sign up early and get a discount.  click on the link below for more information.

 School …

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Momme friends flyer

Momee Friends presents Interactive Story Time for ages 2 to 5

Sweetbriar Nature Center and Momee Friends of Long Island present  45  minutes of fun with the arts.   Experienced leaders will be integrating art, music, and movement in our wonderful setting.  See the flyer below for more information.

When: First Session,  Wednesday, February 10, 1pm – 1:45pm

Who: Families with children ages 2 to 5

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February Discovery Days for ages 5-11

Over the winter break give your child a day, two days or an entire week of fun and exciting natural science programs at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown.  Each day children will participate in hands-on activities, crafts, wildlife presentations, and much more. Themes include Animals For President, Tracks …

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2015/2016 Birdseed Sales

Bird seed sales happen seasonly.  Go tot he link below.

Birdseed e-mail order form 


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Creatures of the Night

Join us to meet some of the nocturnal creatures at  Sweetbriar.  Sweetbriar educators will share owls and other creatures of the night and then go on a walk along our woodland and meadow trails to discover some of the cool things that go on in nature when the sun goes …

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We are excited to announce that our school programs are now aligned with the common core, thanks to the expertise of life long educator, Jane Lombardo.  Educators can go to our Educational Programs page on this web stie and look through all of our programs..

Jane Lombardo is an elementary teacher, and has been providing …

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