CEED is an immense undertaking. Now that we have the keys to the Washington Lodge, the real work has begun. Right now, we must renovate the lodge into a usable and safe space. Fixing plumbing, electrical wiring, and the roof are necessary jobs we must do before we can truly open our doors.
However, CEED also has new ideas for the spaces inside the lodge. Two new aspects we hope to include are an Environmental Library and a shared office space on the second floor. We plan to renovate the lodge in phases, with each floor encompassing a phase in the lodge's transformation. This will hopefully ensure that we can open our doors and begin constant programming ASAP!
However, visualizing it all is much easier when you stand inside the lodge during one of our tours. Check the Events page or watch our Facebook page for announcements about when tours are happening.
If you would like to propose a partnership with us, please also find our Business Proposal Outline to the left for download.
We would like to express our gratitude to Knowles Architecture for supporting and helping us to make CEED a reality.
The planned activities at CEED fully align with the Town of Brookhaven’s Open Space criteria, and can be categorized under the following Open Space Permitted Uses and Activities*:
- formal environmental education and interpretation activities- nature study and bird watching
- environmental and/or ecological restoration activities
- drawing, painting and photography
- On-site field trips and public programs (nature walks, astronomy & meteor showers, storytelling by campfire, birding, grassland walk, nature interpretation, etc.)
Main floor: natural history interpretation and environmental education center with comfortable décor and attractive displays ($5 pp suggested donation; self-guided)
- Live animal dioramas
- Educational stations and student-friendly activities
- Display to pay tribute to George C. Washington and his inventions, including instant coffee; “You’ll always find a fresh cup of coffee here!”
- Lush houseplants
- Local wildlife identification stations
- Bird-feeding station viewable from an indoor location
- Historical time-line of the local community
- Teaching Kitchen for demonstration cooking classes and filming an on-line show “Cooking with Native Plants.”
• Herbal preparations and drying room
• Weekly workshops and events with local environmental educators/artists
- Seasonal gallery shows to highlight local environmental artists
- Nature Summer Camp (up to 7 weeks)
- Basic recording room for student-based environmental podcast series: Voices of our Youth
- Gift shop with nature-related merchandise and consignment environmental interpretative art, including birdhouses, bat boxes, etc.
Second Floor: Shared office space and resources by CEED partner members, which will include environmental education and nature-related organizations. Partner organizations provide innovative environmental education and interpretation programs/workshops at CEED, and generate operational income through a fee-based structure. Likely partners include:
- Your Connection To Nature - Environmental & Outdoor Education, Live Animal Shows, Teacher In-Services, Eco-Tours
- Primitive Pursuits - Wilderness survival workshops and outdoor immersion summer camp
- Sierra Club – The Water Sentinels
- Mindy Block, Quality Parks Master Naturalist Program
- Peter Danforth, Wampum Unlimited and Project SERV
- South Country Farms, HOG Farm, Deer Run Farm: Organic Farming, CSA’s, and Farming Education
- John DiNaro – Marine Biologist and Bellport Artist, Circle of Arts Programs
- Julian Mill-Rocek – Permaculture Specialist and resident Herbalist
Second & Third Floor: Nature/Environmental Education Retreat Center
- Series of adult education workshops (Cooking with Nature, Organic Gardening, Wilderness Survival, Sustainable Living, Community Conservation Projects, Environmental Education Workshops, Wildlife Tracking, etc.)
- 10 retreat rooms for sleep-overs during programs - up to 20 participants!
- Dennis Puleston Environmental Library
Volunteer program to help with the daily duties of running a nature and environmental education center, as well as special projects, grants, and event planning. We will seek volunteers from:
- Local citizens
- Eagle Scout candidates
- Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Life Scouts
- STATE Volunteers (based out of Avalon Nature Park)
- Community Service Worker Program (Suffolk County)
- Suffolk County Corrections Work Program
- High School involvement
- Bellport High School environmental club
- Career Interns
- BOCES Occupational Education Interns
- SUNY SB and SCCC Interns
- AmeriCorps Volunteers
- Local Garden Clubs
- Master Gardeners from CCE
Host 2-4 annual festivals open to the greater community to provide environmental education and awareness, such as:
- Earth Day
- Maple Sugar Festival
- Fall Migration & Harvest Festival
- Solstice & Equinox Festivals
Ongoing fundraising, including:
- Special events & donor parties
- Annual & major giving campaigns
- Sponsor a Room Program
Environmental Restoration & Conservation (through grant awards)
- Conservation projects and environmental studies, such as native grassland restoration, box turtle study, American Chestnut replanting, weather and climate study, water quality stewardship, etc.
- Sustainability projects such as geothermal heating, solar heater water, photovoltaic demonstration and electric car recharge station, composting toilets, etc.
- Native habitat turtle pond that educates and encourages the public with programs on native plants, animals & environmental conservation
Environmental Showcase: Forward-thinking programs that put green technology to work at the facility while educating/motivating the public towards a more sustainable future utilizing educational/interactive kiosks and displays (through grants/donations/sponsorships)
- State-of-the-art nitrate-reducing septic system
- Solar energy system
- Clean the Bay Shellfish Tank
- Composting Toilet
- Insulative window technology