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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,

Nature Center Open 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Daily

Nature Preserve Open 9:00 AM  – 4:30 PM Daily

                                           Outdoor Enclosed Butterfly Vivarium: Open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily                                             (Second week of June through September, weather dependent)


Go to the link below to find out  more about our corporate sponsors.  Please visit their websites and get to know our supporters.

   Thank you to all our Wonderful Corporate Sponsors


Sweetbriar Nature Center is now a client of Investors Bank and the Care2Share Affinity Program.
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Spring Fair and Egg Hunt


Join Sweetbriar Nature Center for its annual Spring Fair and Egg Hunt.  The day is filled with Egg Hunts for children of all ages.   Visitors can also enjoy games, crafts, face painting, live animal presentations and more.  A famous bunny will also be around for photo opportunities.  Refreshments and food will …

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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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Summer Discovery Weeks Registration Is Open

Below is the information on our programs from pre-school on up through middle school, so make sure you scroll all the way down.    The early bird discount ends May 15.  Click on the link below to register. Discovery Weeks Registration Form Summer Discovery Weeks for children ages 5 to 11, 9am to …

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Sweetbriar Nature Center In Smithtown Presents Holiday Discovery Days

Sweetbriar’s experienced educators help open up the wonders of the natural world for children, through hands-on activities, live animals, crafts, and much more.  Themes for Monday through Friday are Wet and Wild, Serpents, Dragons and Other Beasts, Up, Up and Away, and Miniature Worlds When: Monday through Friday, April 22-26 Ages: 5 to 11 How …

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2019 Winter Birdseed Sale

The winter bird seed sale is here!!!  Orders are due March 8 and the pick up will be on Sunday, March 17, 11 to 2pm.  If you cannot make those dates call us to schedule a time to come by.  To order seed click on the link below the blue jay and print out …

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Wildlife Yoga every Friday at Sweetbriar



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Help out Sweetbriar by Buying on AmazonSmile

Support Sweetbriar when you buy on Amazon by going through AmazonSmile.  We are listed as the Environmental Centers of Setauket Smithtown.




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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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