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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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HOLIDAY DISCOVERY DAYS (December 26, 29, 30, 31 and January 2)

Holiday Discovery Days for ages 3 to 4, and ages 5 to 11

Once again Sweetbriar Nature Center will be offering daily natural science programs over the school breaks for both pre-schoolers and elementary school children..   Each day will be a different natural science theme.  Each day is chalk filled with fun hands-on activities, interaction with …

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Magnificent Mammals

Magnificent Mammals

From a tiny field mouse to giant blue whale — what makes a mammal a mammal?   Learn all about this branch of the animal kingdom and meet some fascinating mammal ambassadors.  We will explore the world of mammals with crafts and games and a live animal presentation

When: Sunday, November 23. 1pm to …

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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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Four Harbors Audubon presents BIRD SLEUTH


Ambassador Workshop at Sweetbriar Nature Center  Saturday, November 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


This workshop is a part of our free Pennington Ambassador workshops available to all classroom teachers! All attendees will receive a free Pennington bird feeder, coupons, and handouts to complement our free “Feathered Friends” activities.  During the workshop, you’ll learn tips …

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baby opossum

2014/15 Spring/Summer Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 


Go to our library page under programs for more information on all of our many library programs

The Rainbow Almond Tree  

Join Sweetbriar Educator and author, Eric Young, for a reading of his new book, The Rainbow Almond Tree.  He will also share some rain forest animals as he introduces children …

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Children Painting

Grand Re-opening of the Judith Collester Art Center


The Judyith Collester Memorial Art Center is once again open and holding art classes,  beginning on Saturday, October 18.   Katie Kleinpeter and Connie Hopp will be the instructors.  They bring a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and experience to the program.  We are very excited …

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Bird Seed Sale

October 10 deadline, October 26 pick up

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2014 NOCTURNAL WANDERINGS (Winter Date Pending)

Once again Sweetbriar is offering owl prowls each season. Sweetbriar educators will share some of our resident nocturnal animals with participants 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 down. Of course we will try to call …

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