Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center Opens

During Climate Week, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center, which will educate and inform the public about how energy shapes New York’s natural systems, and how this same energy can be harnessed to advance New York’s nation-leading plan to combat climate change. Established by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation  in partnership with the Long Island Power Authority, and public and private support the pioneering facility will help visitors of all ages become better stewards of the environment and smart energy consumers.     

With on-site renewable energy sources and environmentally responsive architectural elements, the Center models net-zero energy use and adaptive, resilient design. Nineteen interior and 13 exterior exhibits unite the most current scientific knowledge with dynamic and accessible graphics, videos, and interactive games to showcase how visitors can take action to conserve energy and protect the environment in their own lives.

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “Jones Beach is an ideal site for education and reflection on the power of nature. From the power of the sun, wind, and waves, to energy infrastructure, shoreline engineering and ecological conservation, Jones Beach is an incredible classroom that can highlight the forces shaping the coastal landscape and the environment. I am tremendously grateful to Governor Cuomo, the Long Island Power Authority and all of our partners for helping bring a much-needed modern educational facility to one of New York’s most-visited state parks.”

LIPA CEO Thomas Falcone said, “The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center is another fantastic addition to Jones Beach State Park and an educational resource for families, businesses, students, and consumers to learn about how energy is produced and choices they can make to reduce their electric bills and help the environment. LIPA is proud to be a part of this facility that visitors will enjoy for decades to come. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and continued investment into Long Island and Jones Beach.”

Visitors to the Center will be able to explore:

•             Exterior installations include an outdoor classroom, sensory playground, pollinator garden, “Energy Hill”, and “Fauna Footprints” path.
•             Lobby and South Gallery immerses visitors in the regional energy infrastructure and development of Long Island and Jones Beach over time.
•             East Gallery investigates “The Power of Nature” in ecological systems and the role of conservation efforts in supporting resilient coastal landscapes.
•             The West Gallery focuses on “The Nature of Energy” and the transformation of natural energy sources into power for human use.  Unique aspects of the Center is its proximity to one of the State’s first offshore wind energy projects, the Empire Wind project, located approximately 18 miles off the coast of Jones Beach and an energy-efficient house exhibit demonstrates how consumers can manage energy consumption in their own homes.

Conceived as an incubator for future environmental leadership, the Center was designed to the highest standards of accessibility and inclusivity, from building architecture to exhibit design. The galleries feature Spanish and Braille text translations, as well as tactile elements that engage visitors of various ages and abilities. With the support of the Long Island Community Foundation, a suite of free, inclusive audio guides in English, Spanish, Chinese, and American Sign Language are available via web application at the Center.

The facility will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week. For information on programs and events, visit www.jonesbeachenc.org; on Facebook: Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center and Instagram: @JonesBeachENC.