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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,



Go to the link below to find out  more about our corporate sponsors.  Please visit their websites and get to know our supporters.

   Thank you to all our Wonderful Corporate Sponsors


Sweetbriar Nature Center is now a client of Investors Bank and the Care2Share Affinity Program.
Every one who opens an account with the bank helps support Sweetbriar.  Go to the link below to start the ball rolling.


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Sweetbriar Nature Center and the Board of Trustees Warmly request the pleasure of your company at a wine tasting event to support our mission of wildlife rehabilitation and natural science education December 9, 2016   @ 8-10pm at The Wine Guy, 220 W Main Street Smithtown Live animal presentations! Hors d’oeuvres will be served!

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Holiday Party for Wildlife

Join our staff, volunteers and wildlife for a celebration of the holidays.   Meet some of our fall and winter celebrities, take a walk to discover signs of wildlife, embark on a treasure hunt to find natural ornaments, and create your own ornament.  Enjoy the day with some refreshments and meet a holiday character for …

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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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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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2017 Winter Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The fall order dates will be announced shortly.  Go to  the link below for the birdseed order 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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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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2016/17 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!  See the library programs link …

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