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Hoffman Center Background

Hoffman Center is a not-for-profit corporation and private operating foundation established in 1996 to purchase a 155-acre parcel and operate it as a nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary.

 

 

The foundation’s motivation for acquiring the site was to preserve one of the area’s largest pieces of open space, as well as its many historically significant buildings, and to establish a lasting tribute to Marion O. and Maximilian E. Hoffman.  At the time of the site’s purchase, plans were already underway for subdivision development.  The goal from the onset was for the site to serve as a Center for environmental education for visitors of all ages and to foster native flora and fauna.

 

 

Since 1996, the Directors of Hoffman Center have devoted themselves to painstakingly restoring every detail of the site’s seriously deteriorated 48-room “Gold Coast” era mansion. 

 

 
The site boasts open meadows, secondary oak-brush, tall mixed deciduous forest, restored indigenous grasslands, vernal and man-made ponds, and is a haven to at least 49 species of butterflies, 149 resident and migrating birds, and more than 150 native plant species.   The Center is particularly proud of its reintroduction of native animal and plant species once thought lost to the area, including bluebirds, fledged from bluebird boxes, and Pink Lady Slipper Orchids, a rare and protected species of flower.

 After acquiring the site, the Center immediately established a partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center for their capable staff of naturalists to conduct a Wildlife Inventory and Management Plan, an Avian Survey, Mammal and Vegetation Surveys, Habitat Mapping, and habitat management.  The Center hosts free Nature Tours twice monthly, and a lecture series in conjunction with the New York State Planting Fields Arboretum.

 Restoration also continues on the site’s Alfred E. Hopkins-designed Carriage House and Farm Estate Group that includes a cow barn, dairy production barn and two cottages.  Future plans also call for restoration of the greenhouse.



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