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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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Attention: Teachers: Forest to Forest: An Interactive Learning Experience

    Forest to Forest                                     9.00/child


Of all the land area on this wondrous planet, only a small percentage is covered by forests.   There are many kinds of forests in the world from below the Tundra …

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Searching for Sweetbriar Sam

Come find out if Sweetbriar Sam is planning to hibernate for another 6 weeks or predict an early spring.   We will have a fun scavenger hunt to learn some facts about groundhogs, play with shadows, and meet some other animal hibernators and weather predictors.  Make a fun groundhog craft to take home.

When: Sunday, January …

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Forest to Forest: A New Interactive Exhibit at Sweetbriar


On December 26 the new woodland exhibit will open in one of the upstairs rooms at Sweetbriar. Visiting families can climb up the staircase of our nature center and take in the beauty and diversity of our simulated rain forest as they have been able to do for many years.  However, now, when they …

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Dates Are Here!!! Sweetbriar Summer Discovery Weeks

Finally the dates are posted on our School Vacation Programs page for the summer of 2017 Discovery Weeks.  Get a jump on your summer and register early, by May 15, and get the early bird discount.  We look forward to seeing some of our returning faces and some new faces this year.


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February Discovery Days

Need a place to send your child over the holiday break.  Sweetbriar’s experienced educators will help open up the wonders of the natural world for children, through hands-on activities, live animals, crafts, and much more. Themes in chronological order:  Snowed In, Where Did All the Frogs Go, Snowbirds, On the Trail Of the Runaway …

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Fall 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.    Patricia Caracappa will contine to  teach a Saturday morning class for us.  So check out the information  below and then go to our link to …

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2017 Winter Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The winter Birdseed sale is on!!!!!l   The birds are probably waiting at the feeders already.  Please have your order in by Friday, January 20.  Pick up will be on Sunday, January 29.    Go to  the link below for the birdseed order form.   Link To be added soon.

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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 down. Of course we will …

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