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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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Ssssensational Ssssnakes

Slither on over to Sweetbriar to see a selection of several ssssensational serpents.  Participants will meet several snakes and learn about their unique adaptation through games and other participatory activities. Create a cool snake craft to take home. When: Sunday, March 11,  1pm Who: Families How Much: $10/child, $5/adult, $2 discount for scouts

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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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Spend some relaxing time at Sweetbriar Nature Center.  Take a short hike along the Nissequogue River,  do soem yoga and end with some meditation.  Bring your yoga mat or towel and some water.  We highly recommend walking shoes for the hike.  Meet in front of the house.

When: To be announced

Where: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 …

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Summer Discovery Weeks

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents exciting educational programs over the summer. Each day children will participate in hands on activities, nature crafts, games and first hand experiences with our resident animals. It is our goal to help youngsters gain greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world and the wondrous living things with which …

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February 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 to Friday include …

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Nature and Art Collide at Sweetbriar this February

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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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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Creatures of the Night: Take note of date change

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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