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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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Yard Sale for Wildlife: A Call For Donations 


Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown is holding a yard sale on October 17 and 18 to raise funds to support our mission of providing nature education and wildlife rehabilitation to local residents.  We are looking for donations of antiques, collectibles, knick-knacks, and other items under 50 pounds.  All should be in very good condition. No televisions or other electronics, …

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Hosted by Sweetbriar Nature Center and Four Harbors Audubon

 Friday October 16 – 7 pm

CHRIS CRYDER, Special Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound, will present a “virtual tour” of Plum Island.  The Island, home to the nation’s Animal Disease Center, as well as several endangered species and unique habitats, is soon to be sold …

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Sweetbriar Nature Center presents Taps and Talons


Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown is hosting our 2nd Annual Taps & Talons Craft Beer Tasting Event.
The fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday September 27, 2015 2-6 PM.

Local craft breweries will be at the center sharing some sample brew. Come on out and join us for this fun event featuring live …

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Breakfast with Birds & Butterflies hosted by Sweetbriar Nature Center & Four Harbors Audubon

Breakfast with Birds & Butterflies

September 19, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Visit the Butterfly House and Fairy Garden continuous

Guided Bird Walks  9:30,10:15, 11am

Bird of Prey Program   11:30 am

$10/adults,$7/children & Seniors

Rain or Shine

631 979-6344 for reservations

 Bagels, Juice and Coffee

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Nocturnal Wanderings

Join Sweetbriar Naturalists for an evening with owls and other creatures of the night.  Participants will meet two of our resident owls, an opossum, and a couple of other nocturnal wanderers.  Then we will go on a night walk on our preserve to call some of our wild …

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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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baby opossum

2015 Summer/Fall 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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