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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.

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Children Painting

Calling all young artists ages 7-16

The Judy Collester Memorial Art Center opening up again next fall. Two experienced art instructors, Connie Happ and Katie Kleinpeter, will be helping children hone their drawing and painting skills. Go to the link below and learn more about this exciting opportunity.

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Wildlife and Craft Fair

Saturday, June 14, 10am to 5pm

Come to Sweetbriar for a day of fun and education.  Along with the usual exciting entertainment, crafts, games, face painting, animal shows, craft vendors there will be a falconry demonstration with live birds of prey and a wallaby, a monkey and other exotic animals. Food and refreshments available.

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Bird Seed Sale

July 18 deadline, July 27 pick up
October 10 deadline, October 26 pick up

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2014 NOCTURNAL WANDERINGS (7pm to 9pm)

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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The Rainbow Almond Tree

Sweetbriar Nature Center Program Director, Eric Young, has written a new children’s book from his experiences in Costa Rica called The Rainbow Almond Tree. The story comes alive with the help of the beautiful illustrations by Linda Waslin.

Authored by Eric Young

Illustrated by Linda Waslin

The Rainbow Almond Tree follows the journey of a …

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Mommy and Me

A Nature-based “Mommy and Me Program” will be starting this fall at Sweetbriar Nature Center for children ages 3-5 yrs old. Children love exploring and making discoveries. Our 55 acre preserve includes fields and a forest for taking short hikes. Children will visit the sensory garden to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells …

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