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Audubon NY is happy to announce the expansion of their state-wide For the Birds! program to Long Island!
The Mission of the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is to connect people with nature while promoting a sense of environmental stewardship through natural science educational programs.
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, located in Oyster Bay, was established in 1923 as the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the nation. Twelve acres were donated by W. Emlen and Christine Roosevelt in memory of their cousin, the late Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. The Sanctuary’s original purpose was to provide a protected environment for songbirds whose populations were declining due to habitat loss. Today, it is a vibrant resource offering a wide variety of activities, including environmental education, wildlife research, and conservation advocacy.
Environmental Education Programming
Using hands-on, experiential and inquiry based methods; students develop a deeper understanding and consideration for our natural world, gain a sense of stewardship for their local environment, and become informed decision-makers for the future. All of the Sanctuary's programs are correlated to the New York State Science Standards. Program participants will be engaged with handling artifacts; touching feathers, bones, fur and shells; and encouraged to ask questions and discuss ideas.
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Educational and Research programs include:
- 15 different inquiry-based programs offered to school groups from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including multiple visit programs, field trips, classroom visits with live animals, and Citizen Science programs;
- School vacation programs for pre-kindergarten through elementary age children that provides in-depth tactile learning of the natural world;
- Weekend programs for children and adults throughout the year to encourage families to become better stewards of the environment;
- Live animal programs for community, scout, and youth groups, and;
- Field research programs onsite and in conjunction with other local sanctuaries and preserves.
Sanctuary Adventures Programs
No School? Adventure awaits you!
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center offers nature and conservation-themed day programs during public school vacations. Each day, your child explores a different theme under the supervision of professional staff.
Sanctuary Adventures Programs introduce your child to the wonders that await them in the natural world. Educators instruct your child through nature hikes, games, crafts, stories and live animal presentations, all based around an exciting daily theme. Lessons are designed to incorporate hands-on learning, while encouraging exploration, observation and problem solving skills.
Each Sanctuary Adventure Programs is sure to include: Safe adventures, hands-on exploration, small group sizes, crafts, nature games, hikes, live animal encounters and more!
Sign up for one week or up to the full ten weeks for our exciting Summer Sanctuary Adventures! Together with our educators, children will hike along the trails, investigate wildlife on our property, and even get an up close encounter with many of our non-releasable wildlife residents. Our small group sizes will ensure that each child enjoys a quality educational experience which is both personal and fun. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity - register for an unforgettable summer experience today!
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Bird research and habitat restoration are also important parts of our mission. The Center is involved with a number of projects that protect birds and their essential habitats. Programs include songbird banding, held monthly at the Sanctuary; Project Feederwatch, available on weekends through the winter; and other seasonal citizen science projects.
The Sanctuary features 17 non-releasable birds of prey, which include hawks, owls, falcons, and a vulture, as well as several species of reptiles and amphibians. While wildlife rehabilitation is no longer conducted onsite, the Sanctuary uses injured animals as ambassadors to connect people with nature. Visitors can view the birds of prey outdoors in a menagerie of aviaries, while take step inside the Center to become acquainted with reptiles and amphibians from throughout the world.
Many visitors to the Sanctuary also visit Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the former home of Theodore Roosevelt. Located only a mile away, Sagamore Hill is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 am – 4 pm. To learn more about Sagamore Hill, please visit their website.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
At the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, a busy and exciting season of providing quality environmental education programs to thousands of school children is getting underway! To help us kick off the busy school year ahead, we are looking for educators who would like to volunteer their skills to help us nurture the next generation of conservationists!
If you are a retired teacher, if you have recently graduated from college with experience in environmental science, and/or teaching, or if you simply have interest in learning the skills and techniques it takes to become a good environmental educator, we invite you to join our volunteer corps!
Education volunteers assist with lesson preparation, teaching and new program development, while gaining invaluable experience working outdoors with diverse groups of children and adults. Volunteers are typically needed Monday through Friday, though occasional weekends are possible.
If interested, please contact 516-922-3200 for more information and to schedule your volunteer experience
Via Long Island Expressway: Take exit 41 North, Route 106. Proceed on Route 106 North to the Village of Oyster Bay. Make a right onto East Main Street. Proceed 1.5 miles up East Main Street (eventually becomes Cove Road at Oyster Bay High School). You will see signs for the TR Sanctuary parking lot on the right.
Via Route 25A (Northern Blvd.): Take State Route 25A (Northern Blvd.) to Cove Road. Go about 2 miles north on Cove Road. You will see a green and white Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary on the left. Proceed pass the sign 50 yards to the parking lot on the left.
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is open:
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Noon - 4:00 pm
Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas
To make a secure online donation to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center click here and thank you!
For more information and to receive an update on upcoming programs, please contact:
Ted Scherff, Center Director
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
134 Cove Road
Oyster Bay, New York 11771
phone: (516) 922-3200 or by email
For more information about Theodore Roosevelt and Oyster Bay,
including his gravesite, visit www.trgravesite.org.