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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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2016 Fair

Wildlife and Craft Fair

Come to Sweetbriar’s annual Wildlife and Craft Fair for a day of fun and education This year we will be featuring NATURE NICK and ERIK’S REPTILE EDVENTURE’S. They will be bringing a live kangaroo a 6, alligator and many more exotic creatures! It is also the seasonal opening of our beautiful butterfly house …

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Turtle Walk


Join us in our annual box turtle scavenger hunt and count. The turtles will be examined and tagged and to be released after our annual wildlife/craft fair. Meet one of our resident Eastern Box Turtles along with some of our other turtles and create a turtle craft to take home. Wear long pants and closed …

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Wildlife Baby Shower


It’s that time of year again, Sweetbriar’s annual Wildlife Baby Shower.  Come celebrate nature as it comes alive in the spring with beautiful flowers, vibrant green leaves, and, of course, baby animals.  Sweetbriar takes in hundreds of orphaned animals a year.  A Sweetbriar rehabilitator will show you how baby animals are cared for by their parents in the wild …

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Spring/Summer 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.    Connie our wonderful art teacher, will be running programs on Tuesday afternoons  this winter and spring. We are also excited to introduce Patricia Caracappa.   …

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Summer Discovery Weeks for the nature and animal lover in your family

The dates are out for all of exciting Summer Discovery Programs for ages 5 to 11 and other programs including our teen programs and Natural Wonders pre-school program. Sign up early and get a discount.  click on the link below for more information.

 School Vacation Programs

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Momee and Friends, June

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: Wednesday, June 8, 1pm

Who: Families with children ages 2 to 5

How Much: $10/child

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2016 Birdseed Sales

Bird seed sales happen each season.  Our next birdseed pick up is yet be announced.  Go to  the link below for the birdseed order form.

Bird seed order form, Spring 2016




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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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