Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center

Connecting people with nature while promoting a sense of environmental stewardship through natural science educational programs.

White-breasted Nuthatch. Photo: William Dix/Audubon Photography Awards

Welcome to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center—a home for discovery and exploration. Managed by Audubon New York, the center was established in 1923 as the country’s first National Audubon Society songbird sanctuary. Theodore Roosevelt’s gravesite sits at the edge of the sanctuary property. Our 14 acres boast extensive native plant demonstration gardens, several small ponds, a mile of hiking trails, and our famous Bessie Potter Vonnoh fountain sculpture.

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Please note that the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center is unable to take in injured or sick wildlife. If you are experiencing a wildlife emergency, consult these widlife rehabilitation website through the DEC or Animal Help Now to find a facility who is able to help.

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Trailside Newsletter- Winter 2022-2023

Newsletter of the nation’s first Audubon songbird sanctuary established 1923

Winter 2022-2023

2023 Upcoming Programs & Events

Summer Sanctuary Adventures

Registration is now OPEN! Register here.
Click here for session information!

The 2023 Season will run from July 10 — August 31, 2023 for 8 sessions of outdoor fun. Program runs Monday - Thursdays from 9:00 am — 3:00 pm.

For more information on sessions, themes, age groups, and more, view our brochure onlineEmail additional questions to Julie Nelsen, Education Manager, at

2023 Spring Benefit: Centennial Celebration and Ribbon Cutting

Painting of two Bobolinks, one male and one female, perched on a branch with maple seedpods.
Rice birds (Bobolinks). Photo: Illustration: John James Audubon

Sunday, May 21, 2023  
6 – 8:30 pm in the gardens at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center 
134 Cove Road 
Oyster Bay, New York, 11771

Purchase tickets here!

Light fare  *  Cocktails  *  Music under the stars

Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate our 100th anniversary and the grand opening of the TR Sanctuary Visitor Center! Since 1923, Audubon has ensured that this land would be kept forever a bird sanctuary and a peaceful place to convene with nature.  As we enter our next century at the TR Sanctuary, we are opening a brand new visitor and education center.  We have upgraded the grounds and planted extensive native, demonstration gardens, as well as renovated the memorial bird fountain plaza.  We will continue to honor the conservation legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt with  initiatives and programs that protect birds and the habitats they need, and people need!

Co-Chairs: Ed Mohlenhoff — Wids DeLaCour 
Centennial Chair Committee: Jamie Arty, Sandra Graham,  Jess Green, Ian Gumprecht, Sealy Hopkinson, Rebecca Lawton Flatters, Mary Kelly Selover, Virginia Stowe, Phyllis Weekes

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Logo of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, featuring a simple illustration of an Osprey in flight.

Thank to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for their support in helping to bring the sanctuary's history to life for visitors.