Jones Beach Nature Center

Wantagh, New York

At Jones Beach on Long Island, NYS Parks is creating a new energy and nature center that will provide hands-on exhibits for the general public about beach ecology. To accompany the new building by NArchitects, Starr Whitehouse has been retained to transform an existing parking lot into a restored beachscape with diverse plantings from... Continue Reading

At Jones Beach on Long Island, NYS Parks is creating a new energy and nature center that will provide hands-on exhibits for the general public about beach ecology. To accompany the new building by NArchitects, Starr Whitehouse has been retained to transform an existing parking lot into a restored beachscape with diverse plantings from local maritime plant communities. Site circulation will take visitors on a journey through the topographic and hydrographic zones associated with a beach to bay ecology in the Northeast, winding through sculpted dunes secured against the erosion and sediment transportation that impact this windy site. Once complete, the new landscape will transform almost 10 acres of concrete parking lot into native grasses and scrubland that will recreate lost habitat and provide ecological education opportunities for students and visitors.