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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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Butterfly, Bird and Wildlife Craft Festival


Butterfly, Bird and Wildlife Craft Festival

Come to Sweetbriar Nature Center for a day of fun with birds, butterflies and much more..  It is the grand opening of our Butterfly House, so come and walk among over a 100 of these beautiful fliers and our brand new fairy garden.. Along with live bands and animal shows, …

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Who’s On the Menu

Who’s On the Menu

Sweetbriar feeds and cares for a variety of animals from large birds of prey to furry mammals to tiny insects.   Who eats what during their stay with us you might ask?  Come to the nature center and meet some of our animals, play an interactive game, and create a craft and you …

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Summer Discovery Weeks for children of all ages


Discovery Weeks for children ages 5 to 11,

9am to 3pm

When (the weeks of):

           Nature Detectives                             7/6, 8/3


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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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