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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: Calll for Donations

Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown is holding a yard sale the last weekend in April to raise funds to support our mission of providing nature education and wildlife rehabilitation to local residents. We are looking for donations of quality antiques, collectibles, knick-knacks, and other items under 50 pounds. All should be in very …

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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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Attention: Teachers: Forest to Forest: An Interactive Learning Experience

    Forest to Forest                                     9.00/child


Of all the land area on this wondrous planet, only a small percentage is covered by forests.   There are many kinds of forests in the world from below the Tundra …

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Forest to Forest: A New Interactive Exhibit at Sweetbriar


On December 26 the new woodland exhibit opened in one of the upstairs rooms at Sweetbriar. Visiting families can climb up the staircase of our nature center and take in the beauty and diversity of our simulated rain forest as they have been able to do for many years.  However, now, when they pass …

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Dates Are Here!!! 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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Spring Discovery Days over the April Break

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: Spring Into Spring, Sweetbriar Surprises, Warm Blooded and Loving It, Vacation Is Over, and  Eat …

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2017 Winter Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The winter Birdseed sale is on!!!!!l   The birds are probably waiting at the feeders already.  Please have your order in by Friday, January 20.  Pick up will be on Sunday, January 29.    Go to  the link below for the birdseed order form.   Link To be added soon.

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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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