Sandy Hook Partners


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

Please visit for volunteer opportunities


American Littoral Society

The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same.

Since 1961 we have empowered people to care for the coast through advocacy, conservation, and education. We not only provide a voice for the coast, but also give concerned citizens the knowledge and tools they need to raise their voices with us. When we restore habitat, our objective is not only to restore a dune or rebuild an oyster reef, but also to motivate people to invest “sweat equity” into a piece of the coast, take ownership and become committed stewards. When we educate, we don’t merely provide books, CDs, or handouts. We lead students young and old into the water to get their feet wet and their hands muddy. Sitting at a computer or reading a book, people may develop an interest in the coast; standing knee deep in sea foam with sand between their toes, they will develop a passion for the coast.

The American Littoral Society a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization.
Website:, 732-291-0055

Hillary Critelli
Director of Development, Membership and Outreach
American Littoral Society
18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 1
Highlands, NJ 07732
(732) 291-0055

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.

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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,


Check out this excellent article on rebuilding Sandy Hook from the National Traveler