Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
134 Cove Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 922-3200

Places Nearby:
Planting Fields Arboretum
Sagamore Hill
DNA Learning Center
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Raynham Hall Museum
Oyster Bay Historical Society
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Established in October, 1923, this is the National Audubon Society's oldest Songbird Sanctuary. Surrounding Theodore Roosevelt's grave site, its twelve wooded acres protect a wide range of wildlife, including 125 species of birds. The Sanctuary is also home to numerous conservation projects such as breeding bird, winter and waterfowl census projects and harrier, tern and other endangered species work.

Visitors will enjoy the Trailside Museum and Nature Center with its exciting life-like displays of the battle pioneered by Teddy Roosevelt for respect of our natural resources.

There is an Injured Wildlife Care Center here which attends to hundreds of snakes, fish, turtles, skunks, ferrets, songbirds, crows, rabbits, hawks and owls each year.

Throughout the year the Sanctuary offers a number of special Programs and activities for families and individuals. Programs cover a wide range of topics, from raptor banding to Native Americans to animal tracking.

School Programs include Day Visit Programs: using the Sanctuary or nearby sites, students make use of live animals, museum specimens and other materials in these 90 minute to 3 hour programs that can encompass Birds, Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians, Forest Life, Native Americans, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, or Mammals. Programs are adaptable for most grade levels and can be conducted during or after school hours. Nature's Discovery is a Day Visit Program for grades pre-K through 2.

Similar programs are available for Scout groups and others, as well.

The Environmental Curriculum Program is an outreach program; conducted at school and and in the field, it is designed by Sanctuary staff and the teachers involved. This is an extensive Program consisting of more than one trip. Topics include Indians, Beach Ecology, Pond Ecology, and Birds, though other topics can be arranged.

Assembly Programs can address up to 150 students of any grade level on the subjects of birds, raptors, mammals, reptiles, or endangered species. Presentations run from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Special Programs can be developed on salt marshes, winter walks, endangered species, Long Island history, and more. Children can have great Birthday Parties at the Sanctuary, too.

Minimum group size for programs is 15 students.

Teacher and Adult Workshops are also available, as are Lecture Programs for adult groups, making the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary a significant resource for ecological study and for the health of our environment.

Hours: Grounds open daily, 9am - 4pm. Nature Center open weekdays 9am - 4:00pm and weekends 12 - 4:00pm. Closed on Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Individuals by donation.
Call for current pricing of prgrams.
Group Reservations: At least 8 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Discuss your needs when making reservations.
Handicapped Access: Access can be arranged by calling in advance.
Directions: I-495 East to exit 41 North. Rt. 106 North into Oyster Bay. Turn right onto East Main St., go 1½ miles to parking lot on right. On foot, follow signs to T.R. Sanctuary entrance, past the Youngs Memorial Cemetery. About an hour from the George Washington Bridge.

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