Centers, Sanctuaries & Chapters

A New Vision for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center

Please be patient while we embark on a series of improvement projects at the Sanctuary.
American Goldfinch on Purple Coneflower
Centers, Sanctuaries & Chapters

A New Vision for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center

Please be patient while we embark on a series of improvement projects at the Sanctuary.

At this time, with construction newly underway, the Sanctuary and its trails will not be accessible. We are hopeful that this is a temporary closure. We will provide you with updates here and via our Facebook page. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon!

Click here to read about our exciting groundbreaking ceremony that took place on October 1st. Thank you to everyone who came to show their support!

Long Island's ecosystem is globally significant for the survival of several bird species, and Audubon New York's expertise and vast network uniquely positions us to play a leadership role in protecting it. We are currently working to make the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center a state-of-the-art facility that will engage people in the protection of the Long Island ecosystem for the benefit of birds, people, and communities.

We are very excited to implement the new vision for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, and will keep this page up-to-date as the renovations proceed. These changes would not be possible without the inspirational generosity of several of our donors. 

We are working to make the following Sanctuary improvements:

  • Implementation of New Landscaping Plan Offering Passive Recreation and Enjoyment
  • Facility Renovations and Improvements 
  • New Sanctuary Road Sign Creation and Installation  
  • Entry Gate Restorations 
  • Native and Bird Friendly Model Gardens Development 
  • On-Site Interpretive and Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Signage Creation, Improvements and Installation 
  • Fountain Restoration 

*Latest Updates*

  • We received Master Plan approval from the Zoning and Planning Boards over the summer and construction is currently underway! We officially broke ground on October 1st.
  • Wonderland Tree Care has already prepared the front of the property and the first stages of work will involve a facelift of the property with a new, ADA-accessible sidewalk along Cove Road, new walls and gate, a restoration of the historic ribbon gateway, and new pathways into the sanctuary grounds.
  • The fountain plaza will be completely rebuilt as a welcoming and serene oasis, demonstration gardens featuring plants for birds that are native to Long Island will be planted throughout and we will continue to implement control measures to eliminate invasive plant species.
  • In 2019, we will begin a complete renovation of the “white house” along Cove Road, which will become our center building and offices, also adding an extension classroom on the back of the house. This will replace the current center building that has fallen into disrepair and outlived its useful but productive existence.
  • The entire project, including new, state-of-the-art exhibits and the establishment of a long-term maintenance fund will cost $2.6 million, of which we have raised about half to date.

This page last updated October, 2018.