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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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   Thank you to all our Wonderful Corporate Sponsors


Sweetbriar Nature Center is now a client of Investors Bank and the Care2Share Affinity Program.
Every one who opens an account with the bank helps support Sweetbriar.  Go to the link below to start the ball rolling.


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Fall is here and our Halloween events are right around the corner.   Sweetbriar could use some new and cool decorations that have lasting power.

If you have things stored away that you don’t need anymore contact Eric at 631-979-6344, ext. 302 or e-mail him at      He can tell you …

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Tales, Trails, and Treats


A fun afternoon for kindergarten and pre-school aged children including close encounters with animals, crafts, and a special trick or treat trail complete with animals characters and a story book.  


When: Saturday, October 28, 1pm  to 3:30pm

Who: Children ages 2 to 5

How much: $10/child


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Halloween Spooktacular

Sweetbriar’s Halloween Spooktacular

Come to Sweetbriar Nature Center all ghoulies, and ghosties, and other Halloween creepies for an evening of fun and excitement.   Enjoy Eerie Animal Presentations, the Ghostly Garden, Creepy Crafts, Scary Stories, a Night Walk, and snacks & refreshments.   Special outdoor trails have been created for different age groups.   The Enchanted Woodland Trail is for ages 4 to 8 and The Trail To …

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2017 Fall Birdseed Sale

Bird seed sales happen each season.  

To order seed click on the link below the blue jay and print out and send in the 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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Holiday Discovery Weeks

December 26th through the 29th 9am to 3pm Ages 5-11 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 from Tuesday through Friday: Fur-ever Mammals, Cold Blooded Creatures, Jumanji, New Year’s Wildlife Party $70/day or $300/week for members $80/day or …

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Donations for Yard Sale for Wildlife

Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown is holding a yard sale the second weekend in November to raise funds to support our mission of providing nature education and wildlife rehabilitation to local residents.  We are looking for donations of quality antiques, collectibles, knick-knacks, memorabilia and other items under 40 pounds.  All should be in very good condition. No televisions or other electronics, books, clothing or used games and …

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2018 Library Programs

Sweetbriar Nature Center presents 


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 to the wonders of these natural treasures.



The Music of Nature

This summer Sweetbriar …

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