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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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   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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Red Tail Hawk Release at Taps and Talons

Another successful event at Sweetbriar Nature Center.  On Sunday, September 25,  Taps and Talons brought hundreds of people to Sweetbriar to enjoy some beer tasting from about a dozen local breweries and to look on with awe at the many birds of prey that were on display during the event.   But the …

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Trails, Tales and Treats: a Halloween event for 2 to 6 year olds

Join us for an afternoon of not so scary stories, a wildlife trick or treating trail, a romp through our Ghostly Garden, and a creepy craft and, of course, a chance to meet some of our resident Halloween animals.  Come in costume and have a fun filled, safe Halloween day.

When: Saturday, October …

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Yard Sale For  Wildlife

Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown is holding a yard sale  to raise money to support our  mission providing  of nature education and wildlife rehabilitation to Suffolk County residents.   Items for sale include household goods, collectibles, antiques, China, aquariums, animal cages and much more. All proceeds go to helping care for our animals.  Please call  631-979-6344, ext. 302 for more information. …

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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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2016 Fall Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The fall order is due by October 7 and ready for pick up on October 16.  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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