Volunteering at Wardenclyffe
Please join us as we continue turning the grounds around Tesla’s former laboratory into a real campus. 2016 is the fourth season with volunteers, and we currently offer the following opportunities:
2016 Work schedule for general sign-up
Days and times: Saturdays only, from 9 AM to 12 noon, as follows:
May 7, 14, 25
June 4, 11, 18, 25
Because the volunteer TSC Board of Directors must plan and supervise all work done on site, we usually do not offer general cleanup sessions on major holiday weekends. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
General weather information
“A stitch in time saves nine”. The safety of our volunteers is very important to us, particularly when inclement weather is forecast.
Please check your local weather services for updates and how to prepare. Check the current situation in Shoreham with a 5-hour satellite/radar animation. (During the active storm season, storm paths are available at the NOAA Hurricane Center.)
General information about the Tesla site
If you plan to volunteer please note the following:
Nikola Tesla’s former Wardenclyffe property is still an industrial reconstruction site and poses various hazards. We therefore limit access to the buildings in particular, and to the site in general. (For example, there are currently no visiting hours, but we are happy to host small groups of visitors at the end of regular work sessions.) We have a (regularly serviced) port-a-potty, but access to proper facilities and running water is still limited; so we limit the work sessions to three hours.
IMPORTANT: We ask that all volunteers (and visitors) sign a waiver of liability before performing any work. Please print out the copy for volunteers, fill it out ahead of time, and bring it with you.
Safety first! Please wear appropriate work clothes, sturdy shoes, and gloves. We provide reflective vests, and we have goggles available (as well as ear protectors in case power tools are in operation). As the season progresses, please protect against deer ticks and poison ivy.
Please enter through the main entrance on Randall Road in Shoreham, NY, north of NY Rt. 25A (GPS: 40.948358,-72.901001); parking is available. Sign in when you enter and please sign out before you leave.
More information about the status of the site
The former owner, the Agfa Corporation, USA, cleaned up contamination left behind from decades of industrial activities before TSC purchased the property, in 2013, with the help of more than 33,000 donations from a global fundraising campaign. The cleanup process was supervised by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
In May 2013, immediately after we purchased the property, we began securing the site and its buildings, in order to stop the ongoing vandalism within the buildings and to safeguard the historic elements on the property. Because the inside of the buildings was (and still is) in a rather unhealthy state and requires careful assessment (of mold, etc.), we focused the initial cleanup efforts on the grounds outside the buildings. With the new Tesla statue and monument and the significant beautification near the historic tower base and laboratory building, the site of the future Tesla Science Center quickly became an attractive landmark in Shoreham. For their efforts, the volunteers were named People of the Year 2013.
With the steady help from volunteers as well as from hired contractors, during 2014 and 2015, much of the invasive growth on the main campus has been controlled. Large parts of the campus including Tesla’s historic laboratory and the nearby tower base are now visible from outside the perimeter fence. With the help of generous donations we have made significant progress, in 2015, that allows us to begin the restoration of the historic laboratory building in the near future. We are therefore excited about our recent move of the TSC office from an outside location into a trailer office on site, as it marks the beginning of the next and crucial phase of establishing the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.
Thank you for your interest and support.
The Board of Directors
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
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