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.

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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.

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April Discovery Week Coming Soon!

April 14 through the 18, for ages 3-11

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Upcoming/Ongoing Events
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Bird Seed Sale
Blue Jay

April 14 deadline, April 27 pick up
July 18 deadline, July 27 pick up
October 10 deadline, October 26 pick up

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2013/14 NOCTURNAL WANDERINGS (7pm to 9pm)

Once again Sweetbriar is offering owl prowls each season. Sweetbriar educators will share some of our resident nocturnal animals with participants 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 try to call in an owl or two along the way.

Friday, February 28 (Families with children 7 and up)
Friday, May 9 (Families with children 7 and up)

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Mommy and Me

hawk A Nature-based "Mommy and Me Program" will be starting this fall at Sweetbriar Nature Center for children ages 3-5 yrs old. Children love exploring and making discoveries. Our 55 acre preserve includes fields and a forest for taking short hikes. Children will visit the sensory garden to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Play with instruments, create art and more at our new interactive discovery play area. Program Coordinator/Educator Nancy Adornetto will introduce fun, interactive activities for you and your child. Younger siblings, Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles and Babysitters welcome!

Please contact Nancy Adornetto @ 631-979-6344 ext. 303 for more information

2013 Appeal
Cleo the fox

A letter from our curator, Janine Bendicksen.

** Please read **


For more information, visit our volunteer page.

Spring 2014 Festival - Download flyer
Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown Offers Nature and Wildlife Programs at your library

Three new exciting programs for 2014
- Dinosaur Parade
- Rainbow Almond Tree
- Animal Defenses: Poisons, Bombs, and Smells

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The Rainbow Almond Tree

Eric Young with Linda Waslin

Sweetbriar Nature Center Program Director, Eric Young, has written a new children's book from his experiences in Costa Rica called The Rainbow Almond Tree. The story comes alive with the help of the beauiful illustrations by Linda Waslin.

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Adopt an Animal

hawk Anyone can become a "friend" to one of our resident animals or animals who have been rescued and are being rehabilitated for release into the wild.

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