Our new native plant gardens are blossoming and beautiful!
We look forward to recognizing investments in this vision with a selection of naming opportunities. These include but are not limited to benches, various gardens around the property, classrooms, as well as our newly renovated fountain, featuring a treasured bronze Bessie Potter Vonnah sculpture from 1923.
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. The entire project, including new, state-of-the-art exhibits and the establishment of a long-term maintenance fund will cost $3 million, of which we have raised about $1.9 million to date.
Since breaking ground October 1, 2019, Kelco Construction has nearly completed Phase One of the restoration project, including:
- A new entry plaza, street curbs and ADA-accessible path into the sanctuary have been installed.
- The fountain plaza has been completely rebuilt and new benches will be set in soon.
- Native gardens featuring plants for birds that are native to Long Island have been planted throughout the restoration area.
- A new welcome sign and garden signage will be installed shortly.
Phase Two of the restoration will include:
- 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 old center building that had fallen into disrepair and has been removed.