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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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Cardinal in the snow

Wildlife Holiday Party


Spend your day at Sweetbriar Nature Center celebrating the wonders of wildlife as fall turns the corner toward winter.    Create a bird feeder for the birds that stay behind, go out on a seasonal scavenger hunt to enjoy the gifts of nature, listen to winter wildlife stories, …

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A Toast to the Wild: A Wine Tasting Fundraiser:

On Friday, December 11, at 8pm, Sweetbriar Nature Center and the Board of Trustees warmly requests the pleasure of your company at a wine tasting event to be held at The Wine Guy in Smithtown, 220 West Main Street.  Proceeds will go toward our mission of providing nature education and wildlife rehabilitation to local residents.

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Momee and Friends

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, December 9, 10am – 10:45am

Who: Families with children ages 2 to 5

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December Discovery Days for ages 5-11

Over the holidays 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 Mysteries In the Snow, Survival!!!,  …

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2015/2016 Birdseed Sales

Bird seed sales happen seasonly.  Go tot he link below

bird seed order form


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Friday the 13th: Creatures of the Night

Join us on Friday the 13th 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 …

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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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2016 Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 


    Animal Olympics, Summer 2016

Are you faster than a mite, or stronger than an ant?  Can you jump higher than a flea or further than a kangaroo.  Come find out just how well you fair against the animal kingdom.  In an Olympic year, Sweetbriar …

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