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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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Bird Sleuth: A FreeTeacher workshop presented by Four Harbor Audubon

Sweetbriar Nature Center is hosting this exciting workshop presented by Four Harbors Audubon and Sweetbriar’s very own wonderful educator, birder and nature advocate, Sue Krause.  This workshop is part of Audubon’s free Pennington Ambassador workshops for all classroom teachers.  All attendees will receive a Pennington bird feeder, coupons, and hand outs to compliment Sweetbriar’s Feathered …

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Sponsor an Animal


Help support our Wildlife.   Sponsor an animal by giving a donation to the nature center.

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Last winter’s heavy snowfalls woke us up to the need for volunteers to be on call for snow removal.  If you have a snow blower or small tractor or even a small group of people with shovels, we could use your help. We need paths cleared to our outdoor animal enclosures so we …

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HOLIDAY DISCOVERY DAYS (December 26, 29, 30, 31 and January 2)

Holiday Discovery Days for ages 3 to 4, and ages 5 to 11

Once again Sweetbriar Nature Center will be offering daily natural science programs over the school breaks for both pre-schoolers and elementary school children..   Each day will be a different natural science theme.  Each day is chalk filled with fun hands-on activities, interaction with …

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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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2014/15 Spring/Summer Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 


Go to our library page under programs for more information on all of our many library programs

The Rainbow Almond Tree  

Join Sweetbriar Educator and author, Eric Young, for a reading of his new book, The Rainbow Almond Tree.  He will also share some rain forest animals as he introduces children …

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Children Painting

The Judith Collester Art Center Up and Running


We are so excited that the Judith Collester Art Center is running art classes for children 7 to 17 once again.   We have already had four classes.    Katie and Connie, our two wonderful art teachers, are planning the spring right now so keep your eyes on our website.   For more information …

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Bird Seed Sale

Bird seed sales happen seasonly, of for the latest sale go to the link below.

Bird Seed Sale



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