Welcome to the Sands Point Preserve!
It’s an exciting time to be here on the magnificent grounds of the Guggenheim Estate, a 216-acre public park on the National Register of Historic Places.
Major developments are underway. Castle Gould’s Welcome Center & Gift Shop is now open! Visitors can learn about the Preserve’s founding families and Gold Coast history as well as the current programs that we offer. Event tickets, tour tickets, and memberships, can be purchased here. We invite you to stop in, meet our knowledgeable staff, and plan your visit or just relax while your children are in art, science and yoga classes.
The Gift Shop offers a range of items that reflect the Preserve’s natural environment as well as its history. Items include plush animals and puppets of animals that reside on the preserve; medieval toy castles and figures; binoculars and wildlife guides; Essential Rose Life meditation teas and oils; hand-carved walking sticks; nature books for children and Gatsby-era novels and nonfiction for adults, and much more.
A mini-café in the Welcome Center offers natural teas by SerendipiTea, coffee and cappuccino, fruit drinks, and healthy snacks for visitors who would like to take a break from exploring the preserve’s mansions, gardens, and trails.
Celebrate each season with us: next, our Village Day Fall Festival takes place on September 23 (rain date September 30) – see our farmer’s market and enjoy pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, and live music. Holiday Tales (12/2) is our annual celebration of international holiday traditions, with stories by the fireside, a reading room, crafts and activities for the whole family.
We offer Nature Education throughout the year: Ranger Eric Powers returns with an Adult Nature Outdoor Survival program on July 15; and Conservancy Education Manager Tracy Strianese leads a fun Family Nature program: Build a Boat! on July 22.
Upcoming Music & Events: Next, Opera in Two Mansions: Mozart’s “A School for Love” on July 21. Enjoy an elegant dinner at 6 pm in Hempstead House followed by the North Shore Music Festival’s contemporary production of this great comic opera in Castle Gould’s Great Hall at 8 pm.
Wellness/Fitness: In addition to weekly meditation and yoga classes, we introduced a fascinating program to help you achieve your health goals: Four Seasons of Wellness, Sustained Inquiry into Whole Person Health, facilitated by Deirdre Breen, IHC, MYT, RMT. Guided nature walks take place on the second Sunday of every month at 3 pm – year round!
Mansion Tours: Take a step back in time to the Gold Coast era on a fascinating docent-led tour of Hempstead House on Wednesdays at 2 pm and on most weekends – but please check the Gatehouse as the mansion is sometimes closed for private events. Private tours can be scheduled upon request at 516.571.7901. Guided tours of Falaise Museum run Thursdays through Sundays at 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm from May 24 through November 18, 2018. Tickets ($10 per person, 12 years and up) can be purchased at the Welcome Center – call in advance to check availability: 516.304.5076. Falaise is not open for self-guided visits.
We have also launched the Campaign to Save Hempstead House, an exterior restoration project in conjunction with Nassau County. This multi-phased preservation effort will ensure the future of this 50,000 square foot architectural masterpiece, and we’ll need your support to accomplish the mission. More on this initiative soon.
We invite you to be a part of all that we do. And please join the Conservancy with a twelve-month membership – there are so many reasons to visit the preserve throughout the year, and membership gives you free admission, discounts for many events, among many other benefits.
We look forward to seeing you at the Preserve soon – and often!