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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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Sweetbriar Nature Center Spring Festival

Sweetbriar welcomes the season with a fun filled day of face painting,
games, stories, wildlife programs, egg hunts, and a guest appearance
by the Easter Bunny.
When: Saturday, April 4, 12 to 4pm
Who: Families
How much: $10/participating child, no  pre-registration required

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Spring Discovery Days for ages 5 to 11

Spring 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, …

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Call for donations for annual Yard Sale for Wildlife



Sweetbriar is holding its annual Yard Sale for Wildlife on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26.   Once again we are looking for

donaitons to support our mission and help care for our wildlife.  This year we are looking for collectibles, antiques, artwork, small peices of furniture and other items that are in good …

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Bird Seed Sales

Bird seed sales happen seasonly.  Go tot he link below

Bird Seed Sale

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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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2014/15 Spring/Summer Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 



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 to the wonders of these natural treasures.


Starting in the Spring!


 Wildlife Heroes

 Sweetbriar Nature Center

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Children Painting

The Judith Collester Art Center Up and Running


We are so excited that the Judith Collester Art Center is running art classes for children 7 to 17 once again.   We have already had four classes.    Katie and Connie, our two wonderful art teachers, will be running programs this winter and spring.   So check out the link  below for more …

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Mommy and Me

Please join us!!  A Nature-based “Mommy and Me” program will be starting this fall at Sweetbriar Nature Center for children ages 2-31/2 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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