Concerts 2020

Regarding the 2020 concert. season, The Sandy Hook Foundation will continue to work with Gateway National Recreation Area and United States Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor the nesting habits of the threatened piping plovers here on Sandy Hook.

Please check back late May/early June for any updates on our 2020 concert season.

Sandy Hook Beach Concerts

It wouldn’t be the summer without The Sandy Hook Foundation’s Beach Concert Series.

These concerts are free to the public, and each summer thousands of people young and old come out to enjoy live entertainment on the beach at sunset.

Brian Kirk & the Jirks

Concert-goers bring beach chairs and pack a picnic dinner so that they can listen, dance, and sing to the music of the Jersey Shore.

Sandy Hook Foundation Board members and friends

Thank You to our sponsors
Bahr’s Landing & Marina, 1st Constitution Bank and Cooper Electric Supply Co., Ocean

Beach wheelchairs are also available on a first come, first serve basis. Weather cancellations are made at 2pm day of the show.  


Check our web site or call 732-291-7733 for information. 

Please join our mailing list for all updates on Concerts and Sandy Hook Programs.





Annual Appeal 2019 – 2020

Join Our Mailing & Constant Contact List

The Sandy Hook Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to sustain its programs and projects. Any amount you can send will help to preserve Sandy Hook for future generations.  To send a tax-deductible gift, mail a check made out to The Sandy Hook Foundation, to The Sandy Hook Foundation, 84 Mercer Road, Fort Hancock, NJ 07732.


Make a Donation to the Sandy Hook Foundation

Tax ID# 22-1994056


Click here for the 2019-2020 Appeal Letter and 2018-2019 Donor List

Click here for 2019-2020 Appeal Brochure

Click here to download a printable SHF donation form


Leaving a Legacy for Sandy Hook

There are many ways to establish a legacy at Sandy Hook and many of them provide significant estate tax savings.  These include gifts designated as endowments, bequests in your will, life income trusts and charitable lead trusts.  Upon considering an endowment gift, it is recommended that you contact your attorney for more details. A representative of the Foundation is available to work with your attorney on your legacy. Please contact The Sandy Hook Foundation office at 732-291-7733 for more information.


Corporate sponsorship is crucial to the success of The Sandy Hook Foundation. These all-important donors receive recognition throughout the yearon our website, and at events.

To learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Foundation office at 732-291-7733.

Join our mailing list to receive event schedules, concert updates and park information through occasional constant contacts


Volunteers are needed to help with programs like Shorebird Protection and non-native plant removal.  Contact the National Park Service at Sandy Hook at 732-872-5970 to learn more about these opportunities.

As we look forward to the new year, we ask that you please support The Foundation by contributing to our very important Annual Appeal. Hope to see you enjoying the park!


End of Summer Party

 End of Summer Party 2018

The 2017 End of Summer Party (ESP) was a resounding success!
Many thanks to Jennifer and Tom Mullins and their committee.

View from upper deck, 2017

Sandy Hook Foundation President, Betsy Barrett (center) with guests Sandy and Bill Henning

American Littoral Society Development Director Laurie Bratone, Barbara Reale, and Kathleen Gasienica, President




Sandy Hook Lighthouse

The United States’ oldest lighthouse, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964

The Lighthouse has undergone extensive renovations and is now open daily for tours 10:00am -4:00pm March & April and starting May 1, daily 9:00am – 5:00pm.

The Visitor Center, the original LightHouse Keeper’s Quarters, is open daily from 9-5PM.  The gift shop is located in the Light House Keeper’s Quarters.

The Sandy Hook Light is the oldest standing lighthouse and the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It is the only surviving tower of the 11 lighthouses built in the thirteen colonies during the colonial period from 1716 to 1771.



Leasing Program / Sandy Hook Partners

The neighborhood on Sandy Hook includes esteemed research, education, conservation, and resource protection partners. To live and/or work among this venerable list of not-for-profits email or go to



The Partners of the National Park Service, at Sandy Hook Unit

Please visit for volunteer opportunities

American Littoral Society

Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has worked to protect and preserve coastal water quality and habitats from Maine to Florida.  Using a blend of science, education, outreach, and through partnerships with Federal, State, local and private entities, the American Littoral Society works to restore and protect vulnerable coastal habitats. The Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, defend the coast from harm, and empower others to do the same.  Contact Assistant Director Pim Van Hemmen for information at or 732-291-0055, x101

The Army Ground Forces Association  is a non-profit tax exempt association dedicated to promoting and facilitating research, interest and pride in America’s veterans of the Second World War and other conflicts with a strong focus on the US Army’s Coast Artillery Corps. At Battery Gunnison/New Peck, part of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark, members engage in living history-based interpretive programming and help preserve and restore United States Army structures and equipment.

Clean Ocean Action protects the marine waters of New York and New Jersey using science, research, education, and citizen action.

COA Mission Statement: “Our goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast.”

Clean Ocean Action will identify the sources of pollution and mount an attack on each source by using research, public education, and citizen action to convince our public officials to enact and enforce measures which will clean up and protect our ocean.

Clean Ocean Action is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization.
website:, 732-872-0111

The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is a four-year college preparatory high school within the Monmouth County Vocatioanl School District with a thematic, research-based focua on the marine sciences., 732-291-0995.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other  groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through its innovative research, education and outreach programs., 732-872-1300.

Nike Site NY-56 at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook

The Nike Site at Sandy Hook is a former Cold War era missile defense facility where the public can tour the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) radar site. The Nike system was the last line of defense against the Soviet threat of that era. Our tour guides are primarily veterans who served on these sites and afford their own perspective into those times and situations. They are not only guides but also the conservators, able to offer insight into how the defense of the nation went on in facilities like this, hidden in plain sight in neighborhoods around all the major metropolitan centers. These Top Secret Nuclear Missile installations operated from the mid 50’s until 1974. The tours combine lectures, models, photographs and original equipment from the time and are open to the public several weekends a month during Spring, Summer and Fall. The dates are published on our website:

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory is a federal marine fisheries research facility within NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, whose staff conducts investigations on climate change, habitat condition, ocean acidification and contaminants, to better evaluate the effects of natural and anthropogenic activities on the productivity of fish and shellfish. The Laboratory also houses NOAA personnel supporting permitting of coastal engineering projects, promoting restoration of coastal habitats, and responding to environmental emergencies such as oil spills. In addition to NOAA staff, Rutgers University experts on beach erosion are at the Laboratory.

Ray’s Bike Rentals – Click here for information

The Rutgers University, N.J. Agricultural Experiment Station monitors New Jersey coasts, including assessments of storm impacts and the development of monitoring programs, so that communities and resource managers can design effective approaches to coastal hazard management. 732-708-1462

Director: Dr. Norbert Psuty,
Program Coordinator: Andrea Habeck,

The Sandy Hook Child Care Center and Preschool is a fully-licensed, parent-run, nonprofit child care center and preschool located in the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.  Thanks to the center’s unique location, our environment is our curriculum. Sandy Hook literally provides us with nature at our doorstep – and our exceptional programs focus on teaching children to respect and love the world around them.  Founded in 1980 as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Center has been open to the public for over 35 years and remains committed to providing flexible and affordable child care to local families in a loving and intimate environment.

Sandy Hook Foundation is the federally recognized, tax-exempt, fundraising Friends group for the National Park Service at Sandy Hook. 732-291-7733,