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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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Halloween Events at Sweetbriar

Tales, Trails, and Treats (New day time event for ages 2 to 5)

Join us at Sweetbriar for something special for your little ones.  Smithtown author, Jennifer Roman. will be reading her story Spooky Moon Balloons among other things including a spooky craft.   Participants can also go trick or treating on our Not So Spooky Trail and …

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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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Four Harbors Audubon presents BIRD SLEUTH


Ambassador Workshop at Sweetbriar Nature Center  Saturday, November 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


This workshop is a part of our free Pennington Ambassador workshops available to all classroom teachers! All attendees will receive a free Pennington bird feeder, coupons, and handouts to complement our free “Feathered Friends” activities.  During the workshop, you’ll learn tips …

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baby opossum

2014/15 Spring/Summer Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 


Go to our library page under programs for more information on all of our many library programs

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 …

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Children Painting

Grand Re-opening of the Judith Collester Art Center


The Judyith Collester Memorial Art Center is once again open and holding art classes,  beginning on Saturday, October 18.   Katie Kleinpeter and Connie Hopp will be the instructors.  They bring a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and experience to the program.  We are very excited …

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Bird Seed Sale

October 10 deadline, October 26 pick up

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2014 NOCTURNAL WANDERINGS (Friday, October 17, 7pm to 9pm)

Once again Sweetbriar is offering owl prowls each season. Sweetbriar educators will share some of our resident nocturnal animals with participants 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 try to call …

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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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