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Our Mission Statement

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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Taps and Talons

The excitement is building for the third annual Taps and Talons fundraising event at Sweetbriar.    So mark it down on your calendar now.  Over 10 craft breweries will be here to share their brews.  Also, there will be a live birds of prey presentation. live music and our staff and volunteers will be walking …

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Register Now for Summer 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.    Connie Happ will be running programs on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons  this summer and hopefully  into the fall.  Patricia Caracappa will be teaching a Saturday morning class …

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Summer Discovery Weeks for the nature and animal lover in your family

The dates are out for all of exciting Summer Discovery Programs for ages 5 to 11 and other programs including our teen programs and Natural Wonders pre-school program. Sign up early and get a discount.  click on the link below for more information.

 School Vacation Programs

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Momee and Friends August

Momee Friends presents Interactive Story Time for ages 2 to 5

Sweetbriar Nature Center and Momee Friends of Long Island present  45  minutes of fun with the arts.   Experienced leaders will be integrating art, music, and movement in our wonderful setting.  See the flyer below for more information.

When: Wednesday, August 10, 1pm to 1:45pm

Who: Families with children ages 2 to 5

How Much: …

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2016 Birdseed Sales

Bird seed sales happen each season.  The summer order is due in July 25 and ready for pick up on July 31.  Go to  the link below for the birdseed order form.

Bird Seed 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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2016 Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 


    Animal Olympics, Summer 2016

Are you faster than a mite, or stronger than an ant?  Can you jump higher than a flea or further than a kangaroo.  Come find out just how well you fair against the animal kingdom.  In an Olympic year, Sweetbriar will count down some of …

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