The Suffolk County Environmental Center is a public nature center located on the Scully Estate in Islip, New York. The facility, which opened on Earth Day 2010, is operated by the Seatuck Environmental Association through a long-term custodial agreement with the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. The 70-acre facility lies near the shores of the Great South Bay and is adjacent to the Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge and the Islip Town Beach. A system of trails and boardwalks gives visitors access to the property's diverse mix of habitats, including extensive salt marsh, freshwater wetlands and mature upland forest. In addition to opportunities for self-guided exploration and passive recreation, visitors can take advantage of Seatuck's full schedule of public and private nature programs at the nature center.
The facilty also boasts a 1917 Normandy-style Chateau, designed by renowned architect Grosvenor Atterbury, that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The County conducted a significant restoration of the building between 2006-2010, including installation of the county's first denitification-based alternative waste treatment unit and other infrastructure upgrades to meet LEED-certified standards. The building includes exhibits, displays, program areas and a nature library, as well as a network of trails and boardwalks that are open to the public. The building is available for private rental for various events, including weddings and corporate meetings.
Public access to the property is generally Wednesday through Sunday, dawn to dusk. The building is open (depending on staff availability) Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Directions to the Suffolk County Environmental Center:
Address: 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip NY 11751
- Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Exit 56 (Rte. 111/Islip/Smithtown) or Sunrise Highway (Rte. 27) to Exit 45 (Rte. 111/Islip/Smithtown)
- Follow signs to Rte. 111 South toward Islip
- Rte. 111 ends at Main St. (Rte. 27A)
- Turn RIGHT onto Main St. (Rte. 27A)
- Turn LEFT at first traffic light onto South Bay Ave.
- The entrance to the Environmental Center is almost exactly one mile south of Main St.on the RIGHT
- Park in the main parking lot on your left