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Our Mission Statement

Sweetbriar Nature Center ECSS: Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit, 501c3, 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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2018 Winter Birdseed Sale

The winter bird seed sale is on.  Please order by March 16.  Pick up will be on Sunday, March 25, between 11am and 2pm.  If you cannot make it please call us at 631-979-2344 to make other arrangements.

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

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Wildlife Yoga Weekly at Sweetbriar


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Help out Sweetbriar by Buying on AmazonSmile Starting March 12

Dear Friends of Sweetbriar, We are excited to tell you about a new AmazonSmile promotion that will LAUNCH TODAY. Amazon is tripling its donation amount to 1.5% when you make a first eligible purchase from March 12 – 31. This is a great opportunity to increase the Environmental Centers of Setauket Smithtown’s  donations from AmazonSmile, …

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Donations Needed for Sweetbriar Nature Center’s Spring Yard Sale

Starting immediately Sweetbriar is looking for donations for our annual spring yard sale and fundraiser.   The proceeds go toward our mission of providing nature education and wildlife rehabilitation to local residents.  The yard sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.    We are taking antiques, collectibles, memorabilia and other “cool” stuff.    …

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Calling all Businesses and Individuals: Sponsor an Event or a Camper

Being a small not for profit we are always looking for monetary donations to help the center in general or support a major event.   In exchange we can give your business greater exposure.   If you are looking to warm your heart, businesses can support disadvantaged children.  Your donation can help a child enjoy …

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Summer Discovery Weeks Open House This Saturday

Sweetbriar will offer children and parents an opportunity to tour the facility including visiting our rain forest room and woodland exhibits, learning more about our summer programs , and meeting some of our resident animals.  The Program Director will be available to answer any questions. Refreshments will be available. When: Saturday, March 3, Noon to …

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Spring Break Discovery Days

Once again Sweetbriar Nature Center will be offering daily natural science programs over the school breaks for elementary school children..   Each day will be a different natural science theme.  The days are chalk filled with fun hands-on activities, interaction with our residents, non-releasable wildlife, crafts, games, and much more.   Themes from Monday through Friday are …

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Art Classes On for Another 6 Weeks with an Additional Class Wednesday

Classes meet the needs for a variety of ages.   For more information e-mail Meagan at or call Sweetbriar and ask for Eric, 631-979-6344, ext. 302


Art in Nature Young artists will draw, paint, collage, sculpt and craft projects while exploring nature and wildlife. Multimedia projects designed to celebrate …

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