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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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5% Day at Whole Foods



Whole Foods has generously given us an opportunity to raise funds by offering us there 5% day at three different locations, Jericho, Lake Grove, and Manhasset.    Sweetbriar will receive 5% of the funds generated by each store that day.  We hope you will do some shopping at Whole Foods …

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Sweetbriar Nature Center presents Taps and Talons

Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown will be hosting 10 plus craft breweries, animal presentations and live music.  The funds generated go to wildlife rehabilitation and nature education.   For more information call 631-979-6344 or go to our website

When: Sunday, September 24, 2pm to 6pm Who: Adults 21 and over …

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Learn about the lives of insects that inhabit our gardens and natural meadows.  Meet some bugs up close, and go on a bug safari.  Then make a fun bug craft.  

When: Sunday, July 16, 1pm,  One hour

Who: Families

How Much: $10/child, $5/adults, discounts for scouts available 

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2017 Summer Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  

To order seed click on the link below the blue jay and print out and send in the form.

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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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New Art exhibit Comes to Sweetbriar: Native Plants by artist, Diane Bouchier

Description:  Native plants have a subtle beauty and help support pollinators, including birds, butterflies, and bees.  Working in cooperation with the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI), Diane Bouchier  has created a series of colored pencil drawings featuring native perennials, grasses, flowering shrubs and trees.  Diane hopes that the exhibition will make Long Island …

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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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2017 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.



Wildlife Tech, Summer 2017

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