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Our Mission Statement

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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   Thank you to all our Wonderful Corporate Sponsors


Sweetbriar Nature Center is now a client of Investors Bank and the Care2Share Affinity Program.
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Red Tail Hawk Release at Taps and Talons

Another successful event at Sweetbriar Nature Center.  On Sunday, September 25,  Taps and Talons brought hundreds of people to Sweetbriar to enjoy some beer tasting from about a dozen local breweries and to look on with awe at the many birds of prey that were on display during the event.   But the …

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Trails, Tales and Treats: a Halloween event for 2 to 6 year olds

Join us for an afternoon of not so scary stories, a wildlife trick or treating trail, a romp through our Ghostly Garden, and a creepy craft and, of course, a chance to meet some of our resident Halloween animals.  Come in costume and have a fun filled, safe Halloween day.

When: Saturday, October …

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Sweetbriar’s Halloween Spooktacular

Come to Sweetbriar Nature Center all ghoulies, ghosties, and other Halloween creepies for an evening of fun and excitement.   Enjoy Eerie Animal Presentations, the Ghostly Garden, Creepy Crafts, Scary Stories, a Night Walk, and Jack O’Lantern Trail.   Special outdoor trails have been created for different age groups.   The Enchanted Woodland Trail is for ages 4 to 8 and The Trail To an Eerie Tale …

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Yard Sale For  Wildlife: Request for Donations

Sweetbriar Nature Center is holding a yard sale on October 29 and 30 to support its mission of nature education and wildlife rehabilitation. We are looking for items in good shape, including household goods, collectibles, antiques, and small pieces of furniture (Nothing over 40 pounds).  Please no clothing, books or baby goods.  All proceeds …

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December 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:  At Home In the Cold, Where Did Everything Go?, Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh …

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Taps and Talons

The excitement is building for the third annual Taps and Talons fundraising event at Sweetbriar.    So mark it down on your calendar now.  Over 10 craft breweries will be here to share their brews.  Also, there will be a live birds of prey presentation. live music and our staff and volunteers will be walking …

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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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2016 Fall Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The fall order is due by October 7 and ready for pick up on October 16.  Go to  the link below for the birdseed order form.



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