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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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Wildlife Baby Shower


It’s that time of year again, Sweetbriar’s annual Wildlife Baby Shower.  Come celebrate nature as it comes alive in the spring with beautiful flowers, vibrant green leaves, and, of course, baby animals.  Sweetbriar takes in hundreds of orphaned animals a year.  A Sweetbriar rehabilitator will show you how baby animals are cared for by their parents in the wild and …

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Earth Day Is for the Birds


Every day is indeed Earth Day.   Earth Day also arrives in the same month when many of our feathered friends return from their long journeys to warmer climates.  Not only will Participants will get to meet some of our resident birds, including a duck, a blue jay, an owl, and a hawk.   Also, our …

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2017 Spring Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The spring  Birdseed sale is on!!!!!l   The birds are probably waiting at the feeders already.  Please have your order in by Friday, April 14.  Pick up will be on Sunday, April 23.    Go to  the link below for the birdseed order form.   Link To be added soon.

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Owl sketch

New and Exciting Event at Sweetbriar: Mommy and Me Painting Party at Sweetbriar Nature Center


Please join artist and instructor, Alycia D’Avino, for a fun and educational session of painting.  She will guide you and your child step-by-step as together you create a spring themed painting. 

There is limited space so register now.   For more information on Alycia go to her website,

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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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Butterfly on kid's face

Butterfly and Bird Wildlife/Craft Fair


Come to Sweetbriar’s annual Wildlife and Craft Fair for a day of fun and education   It is also the grand opening of our enclosed Butterfly Garden.  Along with this exciting event musical entertainment, crafts, games, face painting, animal shows, craft vendors and much more will be offered throughout the day.  Food and refreshments …

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Yard Sale for Wildlife


Yard Sale For Wildlfie   

Help support our rehabilitated wildlife!  Drop by Sweetbriar Nature Center and browse through our yard sale.  Items include household goods, collectibles, antiques, fabric, aquariums and more.   Our volunteer gardeners will be having a plant sale also.  Each dollar helps care for our animals.  Items include collectibles, antiques, …

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native flowerss

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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