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.

We are very excited to announce that we will break ground on this restoration project at noon on October 1st. If you are interested in joining us to celebrate the launch of the project, please contact Kathryn D’Amico kdamico@audubon.org.  Please be patient as work continues through the winter and into 2019.

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 are currently selecting a general contractor to begin work in October. As mentioned above, we will hold our groundbreaking ceremony on October 1 after which work will begin in earnest.
  • 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.

Programming at the Sanctuary continues during this time.  We expect that our exciting education programs and camps will continue uninterrupted.

This page last updated September, 2018.